Tile Installation Cost

A complete guide for New Hampshire and Massachusetts in 2024

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. 


Newmarket NH, Porcelain tile floor installation by SAVU LLC

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

Hooksett NH, Large blue porcelain tile bathroom installation by SAVU LLC

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.


Manchester, NH, 03104, Backsplash Tile Installers stone tile, 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


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 for indoor tiles and up to $37 per square foot for outdoor tiles.


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. 

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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 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, 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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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.
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.

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