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Old 04-30-2008, 07:01 PM   #1
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Price Per Square Foot?


Good Evening Fellow Remodelers,

I was curious what most of you guys were charging for lets say a kitchen floor installation of Ceramic tile. Lets say the room was 10 x 12 with cabinets running along one wall and currently there is vinyl on the floor which will need to come up and 1/4 inch durock will need to be installed on the floor as well. Simple cuts, nothing too fancy etc... General ball park figures would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 04-30-2008, 08:49 PM   #2
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Why not hire a subcontractor who's done enough jobs that they can come up with their own price and then just add your chunk of change on top and create a presentation for the HO.

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Along with the vinyl, more than likely there is particle board underneath which will also have to come up. The thinset and nail your cement board in. Charges just for that can vary, but I usually charge a per hour rate for tearout and prep work along with a dump fee. When it comes to backerboard and tile setting, I figure out how much I need to make for the day and charge that. Square foot pricing isn't the best way to bid jobs like that but it can be a tool for coming up with starting number. Just for 12x12 straight lay ceramic tile I would start at $4.50 for setting tile only. I could probably set it in a day and a half or less and make $550-600 just on the tile setting. These are just starting points for you, hope that helps.
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There's probably luan, rather than particle board, underneath the vinyl. That's fun to pull up when they staple it down.
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Old 05-03-2008, 08:08 AM   #5
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My price would start at about 10.00 a foot, and that would include labor, thinset, demo, and hauling off of all trash, including the old floor. Depending on variables, it could go up from there, but that would be rock bottom.
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I was at Home depot last evening and saw a sign advertising,

"Basic installation for 12"X12" marble $11.25" What "basic installation" is I don't have a clue.
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Old 05-03-2008, 05:18 PM   #7
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Taking it out of the box, and placing the stack of tile on the floor.
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To answer the original question.
2% less than the going rate in my area!
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I have to go w/ nwtile guy I wouldnt charge by the foot bro. You could pull the vinyl and be in the trouble personally I have learned always expect the un expected on a small job like that I would do a day rate and let them pay the material bill. However if your set on giving them a flat price take 3 days labor $=? 10 boards 1/2 duro $110 / 2-5lb backon screws $50 bag of flexbond $30 tile $-? Grout $20 2 sponges and a 2 buckets -$13.
It should only take you 2days the 3rd is just in case the job is far ride cost me $50 just to get to & from the jobsite today d**m $3.88 a gallon
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What I've done in those cases is tell the homeowner what I expect to find, and that my price will cover X, Y, and Z. If there's any more work involved than that, it'll be on a T&M basis.
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My advice to you is this: if you do end up getting someone to install the tile for you, stay away from the cheap price. YOU ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Use latex thinset(Verabond,Megalite), as being that it is in a kitchen make sure you seal the grout, and please don't pay them to do it. This is somethnig that alot of installers make a killing on, and it take ZERO Skill. I would recommend TileLabs sealer, it's not always the best, but it is very easy to find and it does the job. If you have contact with a professional flooring company(Master Tile,Dal-Tile) you can usually find something a bit better. As for the Durock sub-floor you may not need it depending on what type of floor you have, but if of course you do need it then I would was a product called "Hardi-Backer" I personally think it is much better, and works nicer, and cleaner. This is my advice to you, I hope it helps.
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This is somethnig that alot of installers make a killing on, and it take ZERO Skill.
WHich is why I always recommend that the homeowner do it. It may take zero skill, but it DOES take alot of time, and if I'm going to spend the time on the job, I'm going to get paid for it, plain and simple. The homeowner can save a bunch of money by doing something simple like that themselves.

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