Backsplash Installation Cost

A complete guide for New Hampshire and Massachusetts in 2024

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Backsplash installation costs can range from $700 to $2,000 in 2024.

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The typical backsplash installation cost ranges between $700 and $2,000, depending on the materials, type of design, size of and local labor rates. The average cost of a backsplash tile installation is $1,350, including materials and labor, for a 25-square-foot wall section.

Cost by backsplash location


A white subway tile backsplash can bring style to your kitchen. The average cost to install a ceramic subway backsplash is $700 to $1,800 in New Hampshire or $800 to $2,000 in Massachusetts, but more expensive materials like marble will increase the cost.


Tyngsborough MA 01879 Bathroom Backsplash White Marble Tile floor Installed by SAVU LLC

A bathroom backsplash can create a stylish space, and the cost depends on the type of tile and the design you use. For glazed ceramic tile, prepare to spend around $900 to $2,500. For marble or glass, you may pay around $1,200 to $2,900 depending on the type of design you might prefer.

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Cost by project size

The average cost of a backsplash will run you approximately $10 to $45 per square foot. This cost reflects labor and materials. If you need to install drywall add an additional $10 to that square foot cost.

Your cost per square foot can vary depending on labor rates and inflation. If installers are in high demand, expect to pay more.  

Type of TileTile Cost (SF)Labor Cost (SF)Total Cost (SF)
Ceramic$2$8– $12$10 – $14
Hand Made$7$6 – $14$13 – $21
Glass$6$10 – $34$16 – $40
Metal$5$7 – $13$12 – $18
Porcelain$6$7 – $14$13 – $20
Travertine$8$8 – $14$16 – $22
Natural stone$8$7 – $14$15 – $22
Marble$12$20 – $33$32 – $45

💡 When buying tile, always add an extra 10% for breakage and cutting waste.

Cost by tile type


Milford NH, White subway tile kitchen backsplash installation by SAVU LLCThe most common type, glazed ceramic tile, is one of the least expensive tile. They can cost between $0.70 and $7.50 per square foot. On the contrary, hand made fireclay ceramic tile can be as expensive as marble.


Andover MA 01810 blue tile backsplash installation, herringbone pattern by SAVU LLC tile installers

Generally, porcelain tile are more expensive than ceramic tile. Porcelain tile can cost from $3.50 to $12 per square foot.


Portsmouth NH 03801 Marble tile backsplash installation by SAVU LLCThis material is expensive. It can cost between $6 and $42 per square foot, and comes with higher maintenance. To prevent stains, marble requires regular sealing (first time around installation, then once every year).


Manchester, NH 03103 Backsplash Tile Installers, Glass Tile SAVU LLC

Because glass tile need special adhesive and they are more difficult to cut and install, their professional installation is one of the most expensive. Glass tiles average approximately $5.50 to $16 per square foot. 

Cost by design type

Subway (also called brick pattern) is the most common and easiest to install. You can use this pattern horizontally or vertically. The average cost to install a subway or brick pattern backsplash in NH or MA is $700 to $2,000.

Herringbone and chevron patterns are less common and more expensive due to many cuts. The average cost to install a herringbone or chevron pattern backsplash in NH or MA is $900 to $2,200.

Additional cost factors

Additional materials

Drywall will need to be installed if you have the old backsplash removed. It can cost between $3 and $5 per square foot and usually comes in boards of 4’x8′. 

Besides tile, you will need thinset (mortar), grout and caulking. Sealer is needed if you have marble tile or slate.

Old backsplash removal

If the existing backsplash needs to be removed, it can average $10to $20 per square foot. 

Debris disposal

The tile contractor might charge you up to $300 fee for debris removal.

Cost to DYI

Cost to install backsplash yourself

If you’re a handy person backsplash installation won’t be out of your reach. You can save up to 30% of your overall backsplash cost.

But there will be a significant investment in buying or renting tools. Tile tools can cost up to $3,000 and daily renting up to $400.

DIY costs vs. hiring a pro to install backsplash

If you don’t have experience, you may probably end up doing more damage than good. The professionals can save you time, money and efforts when you use their services.


Tips to reduce cost

  • Buy local and from big stores. Buying local can save you money on gas, plus big stores have cheaper products and better return policies.
  • Avoid buying online. Online tile purchasing has its challenges. Product appearance may vary from images, shipping costs apply, and supply chain issues can cause delays, making it costlier and less convenient.
  • Use bigger tiles. Larger tiles can cost less to install than smaller ones since there is less labor involved.
  • Avoid complicated designs. Complex tile designs tend to cost more due to the time and expertise needed.
  • Do part of the project yourself. You can save a lot of money if you do part of the work on your own. Demolition and installing drywall boards can be easy to learn. 
  • Hire the best professional. Another trap is to hire the cheapest tile contractor. Looking for “the best price” can be detrimental, as quality is not “cheap”. We recommend to hire a tile installer that has: 
    • at least 5 years experience
    • plenty of 5 star reviews on different platforms (like Google, Houzz, Facebook etc.)

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1. How much does it cost to install a backsplash in New Hampshire in 2024?

On average, installing a white ceramic subway tile backsplash might range from $700 to $1,800. For pricier materials like marble, expect the cost to increase. To get an accurate estimate, consider material choices and request quotes from local professionals based on your preferences.

2. How much does it cost to install a backsplash in Massachusetts in 2024?

On average, installing a white ceramic subway tile backsplash might range from $800 to $2,000. For pricier materials like marble, expect the cost to increase. To get an accurate estimate, consider material choices and request quotes from local professionals based on your preferences.

3. What are the affordable backsplash tile trends for 2024?

In 2024, budget-conscious trends are in. Look for simple yet chic options like subway tiles in calming blue, green, and gray hues. Earthy tones like terracotta and mixed materials bring depth without breaking the bank. 

4. How long does it take to install a kitchen backsplash?

If you hire a tile installer, usually can take two days. If you choose to DIY, that project time can take longer, three to four days.

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Lara Coughlin
Lara Coughlin
Highly recommend SAVU Tiling. They were a pleasure to have in our home. They called me back immediately to set up the appointment and made the process so simple. They are knowledgeable, Respectful, and hard working. Finished in one day! Our Kitchen backsplash came out amazing! Thank you 🙂
John Ross
John Ross
Vasille and Adam did a fantastic job! They were very responsive and informative from initial quote request through project completion, and they left the work area tidy (kitchen) each evening. Their work replacing the backsplash was first rate. I would highly recommend.
Patricia Chace
Patricia Chace
I went with Savu LLC. because their reviews were so great and now I know why. Vasile and Adam were so helpful from the moment I contacted them on line. They arrived exactly when they said they would, and were so patient with all my questions. They were efficient and neat. Their price was very reasonable and the best part of all is the quality of their work! My back splash came out beautiful. We had company the following day and everyone commented on the beautiful work done by Vasile and Adam.
Uri Bulow
Uri Bulow
SAVU is absolutely amazing! They responded to our inquiry with incredible speed, scheduled us for a few days later at very reasonable quote, showed up on time, finished early, on budget, and left the house in pristine condition. They are consummate professionals, and I look forward to working with them again in the future. They are going to be my first call for any tile work from here on out.
Marge Ciotti
Marge Ciotti
Vasile and Adam are true professionals. After reading so many great reviews, we knew they were the ones we wanted to install our kitchen backsplash. It was a challenging job with travertine tiles and a hand crafted copper centerpiece (much harder to work with as hand-made tiles are imperfect). They communicated well and promptly, answering all phone calls and texts immediately, which is very uncommon these days. They informed us exactly what materials we needed to buy and even provided photos of specific products. They arrived promptly when they said they would, worked diligently and quietly, and cleaned up the area immaculately at the end of each day. We are very pleased with our new backsplash and highly recommend Vasile and Adam of Savu LLC!
Heather Salmeron-Garcia
Heather Salmeron-Garcia
Vasile and Adam installed a difficult marble tile over a red brick fireplace. They were on time, respectful of myself and my home and very quiet! They installed Schluter edging perfectly and had great attention to detail, were careful and efficient. I wouldn’t hesitate to hire them again, and would absolutely recommend Savu to anyone wanting skilled tile workers for a very fair price.
Lisa Parsons
Lisa Parsons
Vasile and Adam were prompt and courteous in all our communications and their work. The price was fair and the backsplash looks perfect. And they left the place spotless. Absolutely recommend.
Dave Taylor
Dave Taylor
Very impressed on time, worked hard. quality work, clean up both days, left are spotless, best contractor I have ever hard for ant project. If you are lucky enough to have him you will pat yourself on the back for making a great choice.
Norman Beaudoin
Norman Beaudoin
Vasile and Adam where on-time and professional in all aspects of the job. His quote came back to me quickly. It was one of the easiest and most satisfying vendor experiences I have had in quite a while. Vasile’s communication skills are commendable and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.
Billy Murphy
Billy Murphy
Highest quality work with best pricing. Timely and efficient, will definitely use again for future work!

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