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How much do tilers charge per square metre?

With the cost of everything going up at the moment, it will be no surprise to you that the cost of skilled tradespeople is going up too.

The enormous number of new houses being built every month, along with the constant requirement for refurbishment of existing houses means that there is a demand for quality tilers more now than ever before. This surge in demand also means that tilers’ earnings have increased dramatically over the last few years.

If you wanted to get your bathroom or kitchen floor tiled, you should expect to pay somewhere between £30 and £60 per square metre, depending where in the country you are located.

In the south of England you could expect to be quoted around £45 to £50 per square metre. for standard ceramic or porcelain tiling on to prepared wall and floor surfaces. In London and surrounding areas this could be more like £60 per square metre.

In the north of the country, these prices would likely be lower, around £30 to £40 per square metre

As mentioned earlier, these prices are only really applicable to standard jobs with your average tiles. Anything more complex or unusual will likely cost more. Some examples of this would be mosaics or natural stone tiles which can increase the fitting costs dramatically, potentially double!

The pattern or bond that you want your tiles laid in will have an input in to how much you will be charged too. We previously wrote a blog post about some of the different tiling patterns on offer, and it will be no surprise to you that some of these take quite a bit longer to install than others – 45 degree herringbone being the perfect example of a very time-consuming tiling bond. If something is time-consuming, then it costs more!

Another way that some tilers like to price jobs is using their day rate. It is potentially a simpler way to quote a job, and covers them for any prep work that needs doing, rather than just every square metre of tiles they lay. If a tiler views a job that they expect to take them 4 days, and their required day rate is £250 then they can simply quote the job at their day rate multiplied by 4, so £1000.

The day rate that tiler can charge will also depend where in the country they are located, along with their level of experience. An experienced self-employed tiler should be earning a minimum of £200 a day, with some earning substantially more than this.

Finally, it is worth noting that everything discussed above relates to the labour element of a tiling job only. Any materials needed (adhesive, grout, trims etc) are charged on top.

Tiling is a finishing trade. Tiling work is permanently visible, unlike pipes and cables behind walls or under floors. Because of this, the quality of the work and skill of the tradesperson completing it is what sets the value. It is therefore no surprise that customers are sometimes having to wait many months for their tiling jobs to be completed due to good skilled tilers usually being fully booked for months ahead.

If you’d prefer to learn how to complete your own tiling jobs then we offer a number of different fast-tracked intensive tiling courses that will help you to learn to tile at a professional level.