If you’ve had tiles in your bathroom or kitchen or any other room that have seen better days, you may very well be thinking of replacing them. But, of course, nothing says old and dingy more than outdated tiles, especially if they’re in a color that was all the rage in the 70s and 80s, like pink or orange! But if you plan to have old tiles replaced, how much does it cost to replace them? Here’s what you should know.
The cost of removal
It pays to be sensible when you’re planning to install new tiles, and it all begins with removing the old ones. While you have the option to do the job yourself, would you want to? It involves a lot of prep-work, not to mention mess afterward, and you also have to be careful not to damage any subflooring and what-not. Having your tiles removed by a professional floor tile removal service is a better deal that saves you time and effort. For this, you can expect to spend from $3 to around $5 for every square foot. Although it’s an additional expense, it’s more than worth it when it comes to efficiency and fast results (and peace of mind, too).
The cost of tiles depends on the type
You will have to think about the cost of the tiles depending on the kind of material you want because it will vary.
For ceramic – ceramic is an exceedingly popular option, especially since it’s almost as durable as porcelain but comes with half the cost. These tiles can cost anywhere from $2 – $4/sq. foot and you can install them in areas with high traffic, such as hallways. And even if they are continuously exposed to sunlight, their color doesn’t fade. They are also resistant to stains and moisture, are robust and durable.
For porcelain – these come with a price tag of around $6/sq. foot, and you can choose them as unglazed or glazed. However, if you opt for unglazed, you may need sealant to be more resistant to moisture, which can add to the cost.
But porcelain tiles are also cost-effective and can withstand extreme temperatures. You can choose from various finishes that include textured, matte, glazed and unglazed, semi-gloss and gloss, and more. They are also pretty easy to maintain and clean. Keep in mind, though, that if it chips, repairing it would be a challenge.
For wood tiles – these so-called ‘wood’ tiles are made of porcelain, and their cost could range from $3 to up to $35/sq. foot, and they’re excellent if you want to have a more rustic look to your interiors but benefit from better durability, too.
For glass tiles – these kinds of tiles can cost from $5 – $15/sq. foot, but remember that they can be delicate and fragile, so they’re not advisable for floors since they break or dent easily. You can use them for other surfaces, such as countertops, backsplashes, and other areas in the bathroom or kitchen. They are a breeze to clean, though, and you can choose them in different patterns, colors, and shadings.
For natural stone – you can also go for natural stone, which costs anywhere from $5 – $35, and they have a distinctive appeal because no stone is exactly the same as the next. So they’re popular for countertops, flooring, and backsplashes as well.
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