Tile Installation Cost

The ultimate guide for New Hampshire and Massachusetts in 2024

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The average cost of a tile installation project is $2,500 in 2024.

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Tile installation typically averages around $2,500 in 2024. It can range from as low as $500 for more economical options, to as much as $8,000 for high-end jobs. 

Cost by project type


SAVU LLC Backsplash tile installation

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. 


Kitchen tile flooring installation cost

The cost to install tile for your kitchen floor can be approximately $1,200 to $2,500 for a small space. A large kitchen may cost anywhere from $1,600 to $3,900 to complete. The price range is due to different tile materials. The kitchen layout and the condition of the subfloor will also affect the cost.

Bathroom tile flooring installation cost

A small bathroom like a guest bath costs around $650 to $1,650 for new tile flooring. Larger bathrooms range from $900 for a 75 square foot bathroom to as high as $2,900 for a larger 150 square foot bathroom.

Heated floors tile installation cost

For electric systems, the average cost for a 100 square foot floor is $2,100.

Bathroom walls


Tiled bathroom walls can create a stylish space, and the cost depends on the type of shower you have and the material you use. For glazed ceramic tile, prepare to spend around $900 to $2,500 if you have a bathtub. For a walk-in shower, you may pay around $1,200 to $2,900 depending on the type of tile you prefer.


Fireplace stone installation by SAVU LLC


The average cost of fireplace tile installation is $1,200 to $3,800, but the price can rise even to $6,500 for big stone and intricate pattern.

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Cost by project size

Charging per square foot is usually used for big commercial jobs. The average cost of tile will run you approximately $8 to $25 per square foot. This cost reflects labor and materials. If you need to install a subfloor 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$6– $12$8 – $14
Hand Made$7$6 – $14$13 – $21
Glass$4$8 – $16$12 – $20
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$9$9 – $16$18 – $25

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

Cost by tile type


The 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.


Blue ceramic tile herringbone pattern backsplash

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


Marble is one of the most expensive tile material. 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).


Arabesque Glass Tile Backsplash in Manchester, NH

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

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Cost by design type

For floors

Straight lay (basic grid pattern):

    • The simplest and most common pattern. Requires minimal cutting and labor.
    • Cost: $10 to $20 per square foot.

Diagonal pattern:

    • Requires more precise cutting and additional labor due to the 45-degree angle placement.
    • Cost: $15 to $25 per square foot.

Herringbone pattern:

    • More intricate and time-consuming, multiple cuts will increase the cost.
    • Cost: $20 to $35 per square foot.

For walls and backsplashes

Subway (brick) pattern:

    • Rectangular tiles laid in a simple, linear fashion, relatively easy to install.
    • Cost: $36 to $45 per square foot.

Herringbone pattern:

    • Herringbone and other complex patterns require more time for the many cuts, and “time is money”.
    • Cost: $45 to $60 per square foot.

Additional cost factors

Additional materials

Backer board will need to be installed if you have a wood subfloor. It can cost between $3 and $5 per square foot and usually comes in boards of 3’x5′. 

For bathroom walls you will need to apply waterproofing before installing tile. 

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

Subfloor repair and installation

If the existing subfloor needs repair, it can average $5 to $10 per square foot. 

Debris removal

If the demolition was on a big area you might need to rent a dumpster. If you don’t need a dumpster, the contractor might charge you up to $300 fee for debris removal.

Cost to DYI

Cost to install tile yourself

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

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 buying has its challenges: differing product appearances, shipping costs, and supply chain disruptions can make it pricier 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, installing cement boards or waterproofing 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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Q & A

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

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


3. 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.

4. 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.

5. What are the affordable kitchen 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 white hues. Earthy tones like terracotta and mixed materials bring depth without breaking the bank. Consider sustainable choices and 3D textures for a unique look that’s also easy on your wallet.

6. Why is tile installation so expensive in 2024?

Tile installation costs reflect craftsmanship, specialized tools, labor intensity, material quality, inflation, and economic conditions. The value lies in a lasting and beautiful space.

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Charlene Daly
Charlene Daly
Vasile and Adam did an amazing job on our kitchen tile! They arrived each morning at exactly the time they'd said they would, they were professional, friendly, very quiet, and didn't leave any mess at all. I highly recommend them!
Oliver Gorst
Oliver Gorst
Overall great work on two bathroom floors. Clear communication, arrived when the said they would, and finished as expected with a really high standard of work. Would not hesitate to hire again.
Jeanne Cleary
Jeanne Cleary
Cannot say enough about the spectacular job Vasile did on our kitchen back splash - it's perfect! And his communication (timeliness, clarity) and his knowledge/expertise (my tiles were handmade and therefore a bit tricky - he knew just what and how to do) were above expectations. Vasile was very reasonable in price as well. So grateful we found him.
Sam Guagliano
Sam Guagliano
Vasile recently installed a bath tile floor and fireplace hearth and surround in our home. He and his Associate are great! They were timely and very clean which is refreshing. They offered alternate designs which were helpful for our projects. I plan to have him back for a few more tile projects over the next few years. I hired him based on the reviews and they were spot on. Best Sam
Michael McCoy
Michael McCoy
An absolutely perfect job! We’re giving our kitchen a facelift that includes a subway tile backsplash. It’s absolutely gorgeous. (Photos pending)
Jaclyn Bouchard
Jaclyn Bouchard
We're so pleased with the outcome of our flooring project. Great experts with strong attention to detail. Also appreciated the excellent communication throughout the process!
William Pappalardo
William Pappalardo
I was very happy with the results of my bathroom floor ! The install was a true quality job , the price was exactly as quoted and arrival time was to the minute I was told . It seems that it is becoming increasingly difficult to get contractors that show up or complete the job . SAVU did both and clean up was perfect . The guys were very quiet ,respectful and professional . I have already received an estimate from them for a kitchen backsplash and floor . I would not hesitate to recommend this company , I was extremely satisfied !
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.

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