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Old 11-18-2009, 02:09 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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We are looking for someone to install a tile or stone backsplash in our kitchen. A tile place today quoted us $40 a square foot. Is that the current rate? Anyone know of a reputable installer who would be less expensive? Thanks.
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Old 11-18-2009, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Winston-Salem
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While it's a little pain, it isn't the toughest job to do yourself. I'd say $40 is probably a reasonable retail rate, since most kitchens probably don't have more than 20-30 sf of backsplash. Unless you want an ultra exotic glass or stone tile, check out lowe's/home depot and online for tile.

I recently refurbished our kitchen and a new backsplash was one project I had. I did it in two days, demo old backsplash and drywall, installed new drywall, cut and adhered tiles first day. Grouted, cleaned and sealed the second day. I found a nice travertine tile and accents at home depot and with 28 sf came away spending about $200 for ALL my supplies, tile, drywall, adhesive, grout, sealer.
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Old 11-18-2009, 02:52 PM
 
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Hard to say. Does that price include the tile? Do you know what prep work needs to be done?

I'm sure you can find cheaper installation rates, but you should understand what you're paying for. If the cheaper guy comes in and doesn't prepare the surface properly, or uses the wrong adhesive, or doesn't get the fit and trim right, how much is that worth to you?

I'd suggest always getting at least 3 quotes, and make sure the installers know exactly what is needed to do the job. That means coming to your house, measuring accurately, determining what prep is needed, and telling you exactly what procedures they'll be doing. That's the only way to know what you're getting. For example, if one guy plans to stick the tile directly to your drywall, but the other guy plans to install backer board, you need to know that in order to evaluate the bids.

Good luck!
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:15 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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The $40 didn't cover tile only the installation. We do want to have it done correctly - if that is the current rate, we might have to wait awhile because that would be over $1000 just for labor bot including tile. Thanks to the person who sent me some info.
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Old 11-19-2009, 12:03 PM
 
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Piedmont Tile did work for me and they were great!
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:24 AM
 
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Thanks for the offer. We ended up using Home Depot's installer from Greensboro and he did a great job. Your price is very fair though.
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