How Long Does It Take to Tile a Floor?

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If you want something durable, long-lasting and aesthetically appealing, you may be tempted to tile your floor. And although the finished product is worth it, this can be a more expensive and time consuming process than other floor covers. Tile floor installation can be a DIY job, or you can call in a professional tiler, depending on the most cost effective method.

How Long Does It Take to Tile a Floor?
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Size Of Tiles

One factor to consider is the size of your chosen tiles. A bigger tile will take up more space, and therefore less have to be laid down over the course of the job. The bigger the tile, the faster the installation process.

It's also worth measuring your tiles in relation to your floor. If you can find tiles which fit perfectly, you won't have to cut tiles for more difficult areas. A room with an unusual shape will take much longer to tile.

You should also consider tile orientation. While diagonal tiling is trendy and looks very attractive, it will ultimately slow your process down. Bearing things like this in mind will help you speed up the tiling of your floor.

Tile Rates Per Square Feet

Tiles can vary hugely in price, and it's important to remember that they are typically priced per tile. Expensive and small tiles can thus add up to an enormous cost per square foot and make your tile installation cost more than expected. Try to calculate "per square foot" rating for all your options before settling on a chosen tile.

Expertise Of Tilers

The first tiling job you undertake will very likely take the longest. Practice will help you get into a rhythm and iron out any kinks in your method. If you're short on time, it can be in your best interest to hire a professional tiler who is obviously well-practiced in tile floor installation.

Prep and Curing

If your floor isn't completely flat, tiles will not adhere properly or will crack. If this is the case, you may need to add a layer of backer-board to level out your floor, and cover protrusions of any nails or raised seams.

After your tiling job is finished, you should wait at least 24 hours before walking on it. Remember to add this time to your tile installation estimate.

Grouting and Cleaning

After your tiles have set, you should add grouting between them to hold them in place. This part of the job can be time consuming, particularly if your tiles are small or have an unusual shape. After grouting, excess can be cleaned off with soapy water. This can take time too, as it can take a few washes to remove the excess adequately.

How Long Does It Take to Tile a Floor?

Obviously, with all of these different things to take into consideration, it is difficult to accurately estimate a tile flooring time-frame. However, most people consider four hours of tiling to be standard for a 40-square-foot space. On top of this, you'll need around an hour of prep time per job, an hour of layout time per job, and around an hour for grouting and cleaning per square-foot. Don't forget about the 24 hours to leave between the installation and the grouting. Using this as a general principle should give you a conservative estimate for how long it'll take to tile your floor.


Annie Walton Doyle is a freelance writer based in Manchester, UK. Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Daily Telegraph, Professional Photography Magazine, Bustle, Ravishly and more. When not writing, she enjoys pubs, knitting, nature and mysteries.

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