How Much Does It Cost to Install Wood Tile Flooring?
$1,350 - $15,000
$1,350 - $15,000
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Updated November 22, 2021Written by HomeAdvisor.
Wood-look tile flooring installation costs $3,900 on average in a 300-square-foot space. You may pay as little as $1,350, with larger jobs costing up to $15,000. You’ll spend anywhere from $0.50 to $35.00 per square foot, depending on the style and features of the tile you choose for your project.
Wood-look tile, or simply wood tile, is a style of ceramic tile flooring that has gained popularity because it looks and sometimes feels like natural hardwood flooring. The rectangular, plank-shaped pieces come priced by the square foot. This guide covers the common styles of wood-look tile and the factors that may influence installation costs.
Like other types of ceramic tile flooring, costs for wood-look tile have a wide range. You can find standard wood-look tile priced anywhere from $0.50 to $15 per square foot. However, depending on the style and features you choose, your costs may increase.
The average range homeowners pay for ceramic wood-look tile is $2 to $8 per square foot. For porcelain wood-look tile, you’ll typically pay from $4 to $12 per square foot. You’ll pay $2 to $19.50 per square foot for slip-resistant tile with an ingrained wood finish, or up to $35 per square foot for outdoor porcelain wood tile.
In general, labor as part of floor installation costs between $4 and $15 per square foot, depending on the contractor’s reputation and the cost of living in your area. However, most homeowners pay an average of $5 per square foot on wood tile installation costs for labor alone. Remember, though, that wood tile installation is a labor-intensive job, and many factors can influence the total cost of your specific project.
Tile that looks like wood goes by many names, including wood-look tile, wood grain tile, and faux wood. These names refer to ceramic and porcelain wood tiles, which further separate into different styles based on their features. Costs to install several common types of wood tile, including both materials and labor, are detailed below.
You can install ceramic wood-look tile for as low as $4.50 per square foot. On average, however, homeowners tend to pay from $7 to $16.50 per square foot to install ceramic wood tiles. Ceramic tile is more porous than porcelain. It is also the easiest type of tile to cut, which slightly drives down the installation cost.
The average range to install porcelain wood-look tile is $9 to $20.50 per square foot. Porcelain tile is much more durable than ceramic due to being made from finer clay fired at higher temperatures. However, this also makes it harder to cut, increasing installation costs.
The average cost to install slip-resistant wood tile ranges from $7 to $28 per square foot. Some tiles feature extra treatments that provide better traction for safer walking surfaces in your home. Such treatments can include an ingrained wood matte finish that mimics the grain patterns of natural wood.
Average installation costs for outdoor wood tile range from $40 to $43.50 per square foot, making porcelain outdoor-use wood-look tile the most expensive option. These tiles are typically cut into rectangular planks and offer better durability in the face of rain and other elements.
Your local cost of living will likely impact the price you pay to install wood-look tile in your home. The range for each region below includes the cost of materials, labor, equipment, and removal of existing floors to install new tile.
|Region||Average Cost to Install Wood Tile|
|Miami, FL||$13.50 – $26|
|Salt Lake City, UT||$14 – 27|
|Albuquerque, NM||$14.50 – 27.50|
|Kansas City, MO||$15 – $29|
|Hartford, CT||$16 – $31|
|Los Angeles, CA||$16.50 – $32|
|Chicago, IL||$17 – $33|
|New York, NY||$20 – $39.50|
|Honolulu, HI||$21 – $41|
Several factors beyond basic material and labor costs may impact the final cost of your wood tile project. We recommend getting quotes from multiple floor tile installers near you.
The size of your project can impact your costs significantly. Smaller jobs, such as the floor in a half-bath, actually cost more per square foot than large jobs like a full kitchen and dining area. This is because of fixed costs for your installer, such as fuel and setup time.
The shape of your room can also affect your cost, especially if there are more linear feet of wall or door jambs involved. If you’re covering 300 square feet or more in large tile with fewer of these obstacles, your cost per square foot drops.
The layout you choose will influence the complexity of the job and the time it takes to complete. Installations with large tiles in a standard layout have the lowest cost, while diagonal designs can boost your cost by up to 20%.
Tile size is also a factor since smaller tiles take longer to install and require more spacers and grouting to cover the same amount of space. Mixing small and large tiles or adding a border of another tile type will increase your costs, as will fully custom designs that involve a lot of trimming.
Completing a tile flooring installation by yourself will save you labor costs, leaving you only with the material and equipment costs. The tile itself will cost you $0.50 to $15 per square foot, but you may also require other supplies to do the job.
Your existing floor or subfloor may require repairs to reach a suitable condition for tile installation. You’ll need to eliminate low spots with a self-leveling underlayment mix, which costs $35 per bag. You’ll also need a primer-sealer to improve adhesion, which costs $14 per quart. You’ll need one of each to cover up to 150 square feet.
If you have a concrete subfloor in perfect condition, you won’t need additional subflooring. In all other cases, a cement backer board (CBU) or uncoupling membrane is necessary to create a stable surface for new tile. CBUs cost $0.60 to $1.25 per square foot, while an uncoupling membrane runs $1.35 to $2.15 per square foot.
Finally, you’ll need to grout and seal your tile floor. Expect the cost to repair tile grout to range from $10 to $65 per 25-pound bag of dry grout. The amount you need will depend on the size of your joints. Smaller tiles with larger joints require more grout. Expect to get 60 to 200 square feet out of one bag of grout.
Tiling is a labor-intensive project, and the cost to repair ceramic or porcelain tile ranges from $260 to $740. Installed poorly, a tile floor can become cracked or uneven. However, if you have the knowledge and tools necessary to complete the project, you’ll save more than 50% on costs without professional labor.
Be prepared to level your floor and make any needed repairs to its structure. You’ll need to accurately measure your space and lay out your tile. You’ll also need to install underlayment, transitions, grout, and sealer. If you have existing floors to remove before installing your new floor, you’ll need to do so and dispose of them afterward.
While more costly, the advantages of working with a professional are the assurance of a quality installation and the amount of time you’ll save. If you have a complex layout in mind, or if your space has obstacles such as plumbing to work around, you may benefit from the expertise of a contractor.
Like other tile floors, wood tile is a durable, easy-to-maintain surface. In fact, porcelain tile is among the longest-lasting flooring materials you can choose for your home. Unlike natural hardwood floors, porcelain tile can withstand moisture and humidity and does not require periodic sanding or staining.
Yes, wood tile requires grout. Because it comes from the same material as other ceramic or porcelain tile styles, wood tile needs grout to protect and seal the joints between each wood tile. Many wood-look tiles feature rectified edges, which are very straight and consistent to allow for smaller, more narrow joint lines.
Yes, all wood tiles are waterproof. This is especially true for wood-look tiles made of porcelain, which is one of the least porous flooring materials available. Wood-look tile is well suited to kitchens, mudrooms, laundry rooms, and bathrooms.