All over Australia, people are opting to go with floor tiles because they can literally cover their entire house with them. Floor Tiles can be made from a vast number of materials, which allow it to be shaped according to personal preference and it’s available almost everywhere.
People usually choose floor tiles but because of the materials they can be made of, tiles can be put on floors, walls, roofs and can even be used as tabletops. Because of its versatility and ways that it can be used tiles became popular in Australia because they are durable, resistant and very easy to maintain.
What are Floor Tiles?
Tiles have actually been around since 13th century BC and since then more and more forms of tiles have popped up. Today, floor tiles can be made from a vast range of materials and because of that the cost of the tile can vary.
The most common materials found in Australia are ceramic or stone but due to technological advances today we have floor tiles made from glass, rubber and even plastic. When choosing a tile design most people go for either ceramic or stone because the tile can have any kind of pattern on it, in any shape, colour or form.
This is why it’s usually very common in households across Australia since it’s easy to mass-produce. Some of these tiles don’t need any kind of adhesive or glue in order to be fitted properly, such is the case with the most recent addition to floor tiles, the plastic floor tiles with interlocking sides.
How much does Floor Tiling Cost in Australia?
Now that we’ve covered the basics of floor tiles, what they are and what they can look like it’s important to know how much will floor tiling cost in Australia. In order to get an accurate estimate, it’s important to look at a few factors, such as:
- Labor cost – Which can vary and depends on what part of Australia you live in
- Room size – A simple estimate of how much square meters the tiler will be working with
- Tile size and design – Bigger tiles with intricate designs will cost more
Following these three steps you will be able to have an accurate estimate of how much it will cost you to hire a tiler, have him tile the room you want with the design or pattern that you choose. After getting an estimate it’s very important to ask the tiler what is included in the price that he will be charging by asking a few simple questions, such as:
- What does the quote include?
- Does the quote include tiles?
- Does the quote include removal of old tiles or just surface preparation?
- Does it include sealing, waterproofing or polishing?
Usually none of these are included but that is why you need to ask so that you have an accurate estimate of the final cost.
Floor Tile Cost per m2
Now that you know the basics, it’s time to look at your options when it comes to floor tile cost in Australia per m2.
- Basic ceramic and stone tiles can cost around $35 to $50 per m2
- Mosaic tiles can cost at around $45 per sheet
- Marble tiles cost around $55 per m2 which most people consider pricey but worth it
- Higher quality porcelain and natural stone tiles can cost around $80 to $130 and are the most expensive option
What’s the difference between Floor tiles vs. Laminate Flooring vs. Timber Flooring?
As most of you probably know there are other options, besides tiles, for your floor where you can also use laminate and timber. For a low maintenance good looks, it’s usually very tough to beat hard floors, but everything has its own pros and cons.
- Floor tiles are usually very durable and can be considered the most durable of all three
choices. They are very moist resistant and are literally impervious to high temperatures and show no deterioration when exposed to the elements. The biggest con of floor tiles is that they adapt to the weather and the temperature, meaning they are cold in winter and hot in summer.
- Laminate flooring comes in planks or tiles and almost all of them are designed to be snapped on together which give it great stability and it can also be applied above existing floors. The bad thing about laminate, it’s very susceptible to moisture damage.
- Timber flooring is the most expensive option but usually, it’s a long-term investment. Wooden flooring doesn’t attract any parasites and it can be considered the healthiest of choice. Timber, sadly, scratches easy and is very susceptible to moisture and because of this the maintenance cost is huge and it’s the reason why most people skip it, having a suspended timber floor setup can also add to the costs.