Subway tile is frequently cited as the most inexpensive type of floor tile because it can easily be found for under $3 per square foot, as of 2015. However, cheap alternatives include ceramic mosaic tile, glass mosaic tile, natural stone Amalfi brick-pattern tile and normal ceramic backsplash tile.
There is a wide price disparity between different types of tile, so customers frequently mix and match cheaper base tile materials with more expensive accent materials. For example, stone or glass mosaics can be added to ceramic backsplash tile to create a layered interpretation of a classic look. Homeowners on a tight budget can purchase vinyl floor tiles for between $.50 and $4 per square foot.