Tile floors are quite popular because they’re not only aesthetically appealing, but also long-lasting and durable. It’s no surprise that many people choose tile as the flooring option for their bathrooms. And although the end result is worth it, tile flooring can be more time consuming and costly than other floor covers. So, how long does it take to tile a bathroom?
How Long Does It Take to Tile a Bathroom
In this article, we’ll explore the factors involved in determining how long it takes to tile a bathroom floor. We’ll look at everything from the expertise of the tilers to the size of the tiles and more.
Size of the Tiles
One of the most critical considerations is the size of your chosen tiles. Bigger tiles take up more space, and therefore less have to be laid. As such, they typically require a shorter time to be installed compared to smaller tiles. A way to cut costs on your bathroom remodel is to limit tile usage to the floors and shower, instead of adding to the walls as well.
It’s also important to measure your tiles in relation to your bathroom floor. If you can find tiles that will fit perfectly, you won’t have to cut them for the more difficult areas. It goes without saying that an unusually shaped room will take much longer to tile.
Another factor to bear in mind is the orientation of the tile. While diagonal tiles look very attractive and are trendy, they ultimately take much longer to install. Keeping such factors in mind will help you to speed up the installation process.
If you choose to go the DIY route, your first tiling job will likely take the longest. With practice, you’ll get into the rhythm and improve your method. If you’re short on time or can’t do it on your own, our team here at Holtzman Home Improvement is experienced in bathroom renovations, and can ensure your tile flooring is installed properly.
Prep and Curing
If the floor is not completely flat, tiles will crack and will not adhere properly. You may have to level out your floor by adding a layer of backer-board, and cover protrusions of any raised seams or nails. Once you’ve completed your tiling job, give it about 24 hours before walking on it. Don’t forget to add this time to your installation estimate.
Grouting and Cleaning
Once the tiles have set, you should add grouting to hold them in place. This can be a time-consuming process, particularly if your tiles have an unusual shape or are small. After grouting, you can clean off the excess with soapy water. This can also take time, as it often takes a few washes to adequately remove the excess.
So how long does it take to tile a bathroom? With all these factors to consider, giving an accurate tile-flooring estimate can be difficult. Moreover, you’ll need to set aside about three hours for prep, layout time as well as grouting and cleaning per square foot. Also, don’t forget to leave 24 hours between the installation and grouting.