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What are the labor rates for tile installation?

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It costs about $5 to $10 per square foot of space to install tile floors as of 2015, which includes the labor costs. This is a total of between $500 and $1,000 to install tile flooring in a 10-foot by 10-foot room. If old flooring needs to be removed, the fee is often higher. There might also be additional fees for moving furniture out of the way.

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Another thing that often adds to the labor charges for installing flooring tile is having a room that has an odd layout. This often causes the installation to take more time, as tiles may need to be cut to fit the different shape of the room. Some companies include the cost of purchasing the tiles into the installation costs, while others separate it. Homeowners often have the option of purchasing the tile on their own and paying a separate company to install the flooring materials. Additional labor costs are added if the subfloor needs to be repaired first.

The cost of tiles varies based on the type of material. Terracotta tiles are about $1 to $2.50 a square foot, while ceramic tiles are anywhere between $1 and $20 a square foot. Natural stone, such as slate, marble and granite, tends to be around $2 a square foot.

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