The cost of your new kitchen floor is not restricted to just the cost of the tiles. There are other variables to take into consideration. Here we take a look at the main expenses involved.
Price of the Tiles:
- For mid-sized floor tiles (50 x 50 cm approx.), expect to pay less than £22 per square metre.
- For floor tiles up to 75 x 75 cm, expect to pay close to £30 per square metre.
This is the most obvious and visible cost, and will be determined by several factors:
Material: Not all tiles are produced the same way. For example, a porcelain tile is fired at a higher temperature, for longer, than a red clay tile. It’s also a denser material. A 2cm outdoor tile is going to be a lot more expensive than a matt red body clay bathroom floor tile. Additionally, there is a difference between the clay and glazes used for the cheapest wall tiles than the toughest thickest porcelain floor tiles. Natural stone, terracotta, terrazzo and encaustic tiles will be more expensive than mass produced ceramic tiles.
Finish: Is the tile a polished glazed tile? After a tile is produced, it can undergo another process to ensure a mirror like finish, and this will add to the cost of the tile, compared to, say, a matt rustic tile.
Rectified Edges: To achieve a perfect right-angled edge, a floor tile can be put through a large grinding machine, which makes the sides of the tile perfectly square and straight, with every tile exactly the same size as each other. This enables the installer to leave an extremely small grout joint. These kitchen tiles tend to be more expensive.
Size of Tile: The very largest floor tiles cost more to produce. There are always some tiles in a production batch at the factory that are not perfect, and are discarded. A glaze blemish or misprint is all it takes. These tiles are not saleable, and understandably, the larger the discarded tile the more waste that is produced. This is reflected in the end-price. Additionally, more clay is required to produce thicker tiles for outdoors. Tiles up to 2 cm thick are readily available, and are always more expensive.
Branding: If a manufacturer has a budget for promoting a tile through its network of distributors via merchandising, sample books, brochures and leaflets etc, they will reflect these efforts in the price.
Location: Expect to pay more for the same product in a city centre location or massive retail park, where high rents and rates have to be covered. Conversely, shopping online can save a small fortune.
Delivery Charges: A van or truck is usually needed, as the weight and size of kitchen and bathroom tile cartons mean that a car is not suitable. One square metre of tiles weighs about 20kg.
A full range of ceramic and porcelain floor tiles can be viewed here.
Price of Adhesives, Primers and Grout:
- A £20 bag of adhesive will cover approx. 4 sq.m.
- A 5 litre container of primer costs £25 and will cover approx. 50 sq.m.
The choice of adhesive will depend on your sub-floor. The cheapest adhesive will be one designed specifically for use over concrete. For tiling over screeds, building boards and timber, a primer will be required first. Flexible adhesive and grout will be required over underfloor heating and timber-based sub-floors.
Additionally, while grout is not a significant cost overall, fancier ones that container glitter or some of the more unusual colours will attract higher prices.
Natural stone and other porous products will need to be sealed at installation, if they’ve not already had this treatment at the factory. Ceramic and porcelain tiles do not require such treatment.
In many cases, labour will exceed the cost of materials. While many tilers may quote a square metre price, the reality is that when they inspect the site this will most likely change. For example
- An old kitchen floor may need to be removed.
- More than one installer may be required to handle any kitchen tiles larger than 60 x 60cm.
- Preparation of the floor can take longer than expected if it is uneven or unstable.
- A timber joist floor may need to be strengthened underneath. Building boards or cement boards may have to be installed first. An old concrete floor may have to be levelled. Cracks may have to be filled and strengthened.
- Often there is more work in preparation of the sub-surface than installing the tiles themselves.
Cutting and Waste:
As a general rule, the larger the tile the more waste that is produced. This is a result of cutting tiles to fit against walls, leaving a large offcut that will not fit anywhere else in the room. This could add over 15% to the quantity of tiles you’ll need to purchase.
Removal of Waste from Premises:
In the event that a large old kitchen floor has to be taken up before the new one is laid, this may require a skip. There will also be used cement bags, offcuts, and breakages.
Our comprehensive guide on buying floor and wall tiles found at this link will help you further
The team at Tile Devil hopes the above will assist you in evaluating the likely cost of renovating your kitchen floor. Good Luck!!!!