Cost to Tile a Floor – A Detailed Look at Prices

Are you looking for a guide price for floor tiling in the United Kingdom?

Well, you have come to the right place.

We know all about home improvement and how much each task will cost as we work in this industry ourselves.

On this page you’ll discover:

  • all the work that’s involved with floor tiling (both for concrete and timber sub-structures)
  • a list of materials
  • a realistic price
  • places where you buy tiles and also get ideas and inspiration

(pro tip: the floor tiling price guide below compliments our wooden flooring guide and our research into underfloor heating costs. Go check out those guides too)

Can You Answer This Question?

How much do you think tile flooring, supplied and laid to 8 sq metres will cost?

I know this sounds like a strange question, but we are doing research into how much homeowners think certain projects will cost them.

The question below is optional, you can ignore it if you wish:

What’s Included in Our Prices?

Further down this page you’ll see an example price for tile flooring.

Here’s what you need to know:

Is your sub-floor timber or concrete?

It can make a difference to the price you pay as the preparation work varies.

Concrete floors are often located on the ground floor, while timber joists are used on most upper floors.

Once you know what type of sub-floor you have, consider these cost factors:

Removal of the existing flooring takes time and adds cost to the project. Expect the price you pay to be at the upper end of our price range if you need an existing floor lifted, removed and disposed of. Don’t forget; tradespeople must pay to dispose of waste.

Concrete floors aren’t always level and may need correcting with a self-levelling compound. This adds a delay to the project as this compound needs time to dry. We have NOT included this cost in our prices below, it’s priced separately.

Timber floor joists often suffer from movement, to prevent this movement from creating cracks in the tiles or grout, timber floors sometimes need a layer of thick ply tacked to them. This will bump up the price to the upper end of our guide price scale.

Are there any appliances to unplug and remove and who will be doing that? Dishwashers, dryers, fridges, freezers etc may need to be relocated for the duration of the works.

Do you want to replace the skirting boards with new ones? (floor tiles usually go under the skirts so they first need to be removed)

Who is ordering and collecting the materials? You or your tiler? If all the materials are on site and any appliances are already relocated than you’ve just made the job easier for your tiler, it will take less time and probably cost you less money.

What Work is Involved With Laying a Floor?

Use this as a guide:

  1. measure up and calculate required materials such as tiles, grout, ply, levelling compound and sundries.
  2. order and collect materials if customer isn’t doing it themselves.
  3. relocate appliances if required.
  4. lift and remove existing flooring if applicable.
  5. dispose of existing flooring if applicable.
  6. prepare substructure. Self-levelling compound if needed or extra plyboard as needed.
  7. lay tiles onto bed of adhesive.
  8. allow to dry and finish off grouting to joints.
  9. wipe away excess grout and tidy up leaving the work clean and tidy.
  10. relocate appliances back into position.

(note: the purpose of the list above is to give you a rough idea of what you are paying for. For more in depth guides to laying floor tiles, try this DIY guide or by following these step-by-step instructions)

Materials Needed For a Typical Installation

Tiles, adhesive, grout, spacers, PVA, plyboard or self-levelling compound, perhaps new skirting boards too.

Pro tip: whilst buying products online and getting them delivered is all the fashion at the moment, there’s is one advantage to buying locally:

If you need more tiles, perhaps due to a measurement mistake or damage, it won’t take long to pop down the local DIY store and buy another pack of tiles. However if you buy online or import from abroad, then it could delay the project by days or even weeks.

If you can’t buy locally, allow an extra 15% for damage and waste.

Floor tiles made from concrete

Cost to Lay a Tile Floor

Below is our price guide for an 8 square metre tiled floor, this is  enough for the average sized bathroom or kitchen in the UK.

We assume a mid-range tile priced at £24 per sq mtr and all materials and labour:

Location:Price Range:
South and London£600 - 900
Other£450 - 750

Don’t forget; the lower end of the scale is for easier projects where the materials are on site, the area has been cleared of appliances etc. The more work your tiler has to do, the more it’ll cost you.

How Much Do Floor Tilers Get Paid in Wages?

We’ve created and are constantly updating a very helpful guide to wages and earnings for tradespeople like floor tilers.

The figures don’t include things like profit margins or expenses like running a van etc, they are just the raw wages a tradesperson can expect to earn.

Explore our insightful guide to trade wages and day rates here

Get Inspiration

As regular visitors to our website know, we are huge fans of Pinterest.

If you have never used this free website before, you really are missing out.

Anyone can create free account and start building a collection of images around a specific topic – like floor tiling.

While anyone can use the site, it’s very popular with architects, designers and manufacturers wanting to promote their most visually appealing products.

It’s also popular with DIYers and home improvers who are seeking ideas and inspiration.

If you haven’t done so already, head over to Pinterest and take a look around.

Here are two galleries to get you started:

25+ best floor tile ideas

Ceramic floor tile inspiration

Where’s The Best Place to Buy Floor Tiles?

We’ve found Topps Tiles to be a great place to get floor and wall tiles, they have plenty of stock to choose from, cheap delivery or even free delivery for larger orders. Most of their stores are also open into the evening as well.

Other popular places are Wickes and B&Q.

As previously stated, we suggest sources tiles from a trader that has a local physical store, not just an online presence.

Alternative to Tiles

Vinyl has a bad reputation that is partly due to poor quality products being sold in the past.

The quality has improved recently, if you know what to look for.

Harvey Maria has some great ideas here and don’t forget that there are benefits to Vinyl:

  1. affordable
  2. quick to lay
  3. easy to clean
  4. won’t crack with sub-floor movement
  5. isn’t cold like most floor tiles
  6. huge choice of designs

Did You Know…

Floor tiles are perfect for homes with underfloor heating as they allow warmth to pass through quickly and efficiently, much more so than carpets or wooden floors.

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