How Much Does It Cost to Install a Tile Shower?
Tile Shower Costs at a Glance
- Average total cost: $1,500
- Labor cost: $8-$10 per square foot
- Tile removal: $1-$4 per square foot
- Tile surround cost: $2,000, professional; $1,000, DIY
- Natural stone tiles: $5-$10 per square foot
- Ceramic tiles: $1.25-$50 per square foot
- Porcelain tiles: $3-$10 per square foot
- Cement: $2-$10 per square foot
- Marble tiles: $10-$70+ per square foot
- Travertine tiles: $5-$30 per square foot
- Glass: $20-$30 per square foot
If you're looking to make your current bathroom more stylish, you can't go wrong with tiles. Your walk-in shower renovation project is going to take a lot of work and time. It's a good idea to budget for your materials and other needs before the first swing of the hammer.
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Is It Expensive to Install a Tile Shower?
The answer is — it depends. Primarily the cost is based on the type of tile you choose and whether you use a contractor or do it yourself. Tile is an ideal choice for shower spaces because it's easy to clean and it comes in a variety of styles to suit your preferences.
According to estimates from The Home Depot, the average cost to tile a shower is $1,500 based on this breakdown:
- Tile cost: $2 per square foot
- Setting materials: $1.37 per square foot
- Installation: $8 per square foot
Costs may be higher or lower depending on the size of your shower, the tiles you choose and the contractor you hire to do the job. We’ll go into more depth about the cost factors below.
Types of Tile
One of the first choices that will dictate the total cost of your walk-in bathroom renovation is the kind of tile you want. Your options include:
The beauty of using natural stone is that each stone's random pattern and design are unique. Examples of natural stones include marble, granite and limestone. Marble is probably the most expensive tile, which can run as high as $40 a square foot, according to The Spruce. However, on average, natural stones cost about $5 to $10 per square foot.
Ceramic tile is glazed clay classified as either monocottura (once-fired) or bicottura (twice-fired). Floor tiles are bicottura, which is the more durable of the two. It can also be used as wall tiles. The average cost of ceramic wall tiles is about $1.25 to $50 per square foot, while floor tiles are between $5 and $20 per square foot. Because ceramic tiles can crack and stain the grout, a special sealant must be applied, which costs extra.
Like ceramic, porcelain is also made from clay — specifically clay dust — that's been fired. It's low-maintenance and allergen-free as well as durable with a low water-absorption rate. Porcelain is non-porous, making it ideal for bathrooms. It's also relatively inexpensive, costing about $3 to $10 per square foot, based on data from Thumbtack.
Mosaic tiles measure two inches or smaller, and they can mimic natural looks to create a more earthy feel. They come in a variety of shapes and styles to spur your creativity. Cost varies because it depends on the materials used to make them and how elaborate the design is.
Cement outlasts many of the other materials, and if it's properly coated, it won't stain. Cement is a great choice for bathroom flooring because it's not slippery. According to DIY Network, cement’s weight means you'll have to consider the bathroom's infrastructure. Using it may require a bit more renovation work. While the average cost runs between $2 to $10 per square foot, higher-quality material is more expensive.
In addition to the tiles for the flooring and walls of your bathroom, consider incorporating a frameless or semi-frameless glass encasement, which costs about $1,000.
Do You Need a Backsplash?
While many people associate a backsplash with the kitchen, the same concept also applies to the bathroom. Backsplashes are designed to protect shower walls from potential water damage, so they are an ideal addition. How you incorporate a backsplash depends on the kind of look you want to achieve. While you can use any material, including porcelain and ceramic, other trendy choices include:
From common tile to the rarer, more delicate varieties, marble's beautiful swirling patterns create a high-end look and feel. This is one of the reasons why it's becoming more prominent in many homes. Of course, for those who can't afford the pricier versions — which can cost well over $70 per square foot — there are options priced less than $10 per square foot that still provide a gorgeous look. There are also marble-like tiles that are even less expensive.
Travertine is a type of limestone created inside hot springs by escaping water vapor. It's porous, though, which makes it susceptible to mold. If it's installed in a bathroom, it has to be sealed. It comes in many colors to complement any decor. This unique type of limestone costs between $5 and $30 per square foot.
Glass is an easily accessible material that can be used to create unique designs because of its natural finish and translucence. You can use it to create a mosaic or give it a more metallic luster. In some cases, it's a go-to option for many who want a minimalist, edgy accent that accentuates chrome fixtures. While it's easy to clean, glass tends to be more expensive to install, costing between $20 and $30 per square foot.
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Labor Costs and Timeframe
While the overall cost of tiles may set you back several hundred (or thousand) dollars — depending on the size of the shower — the preparation and labor costs are different matters entirely.
To put in new tile, the contractor will have to remove the old ones. This is one of the most time-consuming processes, costing between $1 and $4 per square foot, according to The Home Depot. To prepare for the installation of new tile, the old shower will have to be leveled, which may cost between $0.25 to $1 per square foot. Installing shower floor tiles is more expensive than installing wall tiles because some tiles require extra mortar on the back, while others may need to be beaten down to avoid their edges kicking up.
Overall labor cost is between $8 and $10 per square foot. Depending on any additional treatments needed and material curing, professionals can finish this job in less than a week.
Cost of a Tile Surround
Installing a tile surround involves laying a good cement backer, which is a relatively simple concept and costs less than a regular renovation. On average, professionals charge a little over $2,000 for this type of job, as tile needs to be cut to fit around fixtures. This is a challenging project, but with the right tools and equipment, you could tackle this on your own for under $1,000. Tile surrounds for your walk-in bathroom can be done in a weekend.
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