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Old 06-19-2009, 07:37 AM
 
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What is a good price for tile and installation of a backsplash? We have 30 sq. ft that we need done and would like it under $500. Any recs? We've already looked at Lowe's- is there anything cheaper? We just want basic, durable tile installed on a diagonal (no othe fancy stuff).
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:03 AM
 
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What is a good price for tile and installation of a backsplash? We have 30 sq. ft that we need done and would like it under $500. Any recs? We've already looked at Lowe's- is there anything cheaper? We just want basic, durable tile installed on a diagonal (no othe fancy stuff).
You mean you're sitting around the house all summer and you haven't entertained thoughts of doing it yourself. Take the Lowe's Do-it-yourself class and tile away.
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:20 AM
 
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Considering our paint job.... I'll leave this to the professionals! ;-)
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:05 AM
 
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Considering our paint job.... I'll leave this to the professionals! ;-)
Let me know what you find out - we want to do the same thing. And I would rather have someone do it properly than do it myself. I have a cousin back in PA who does construction, and once he started talking about bringing the outlets out of the wall to keep them flush with the backsplash....that's when I decided I could write a check instead.
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:42 AM
 
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I checked with a couple of guys I know. They have plenty of work believe it or not, but both said 500 for 30 sq ft might be pushing it. Depends upon how many electrical plates need moving, how many windows and cabinets come into play. Will the tile come out to a doorway. Does the counter top and the overhead cabinets end at the same spot. Will the tile have to be cut and angled to provide continuity to the overheads. Does the current backsplash or countertop have a lip in the inside (wall) edge. Lot's of variables. Minimum three trip job.
One of these guys did a 2 ft. X 6.5 ft. backsplash for us in our laundry room. One electrical outlet, and it cost me 300. He came for about 3 hours the first day and did the prelim work and measured for all the tile. The second day he spread mortar and set all the tile and cleaned it up. The third day he returned to grouting and sponge it down. The forth day he returned for an hour to clean it up for the last time and check the grouting work.
Not counting travel time, he probably spend 12 hours doing the job. That's 25 bucks an hour at best, and he supplied the mortar mix, grout and tools.
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Old 06-19-2009, 01:45 PM
 
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Thanks for the info....anybody have places/guys they recommend for the job? It NEEDS to get done! :-)
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:11 PM
 
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FWIW, the tile for our backsplash was more than $500, and we didn't even get expensive tile. I might be wary of anyone who would do it for less...unless you are just talking labor?
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:22 PM
 
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Be sure to ask for references, and not just the current jobs they are working on. Get some numbers from jobs they did 4-7 years ago.

If you've got a bit of time bring a few cold drinks and wait at the Lowe's or Home Depot until you see a few scruffy looking guys loading lots of tile and mortar mix. Kinda wander over and offer them a cold drink and get to asking them about their work. If they do business at those stores and they are loading a bunch of tile, they might be pretty good at it installing it.
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:14 PM
 
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I checked with a couple of guys I know. They have plenty of work believe it or not, but both said 500 for 30 sq ft might be pushing it. Depends upon how many electrical plates need moving, how many windows and cabinets come into play. Will the tile come out to a doorway. Does the counter top and the overhead cabinets end at the same spot. Will the tile have to be cut and angled to provide continuity to the overheads. Does the current backsplash or countertop have a lip in the inside (wall) edge. Lot's of variables. Minimum three trip job.
One of these guys did a 2 ft. X 6.5 ft. backsplash for us in our laundry room. One electrical outlet, and it cost me 300. He came for about 3 hours the first day and did the prelim work and measured for all the tile. The second day he spread mortar and set all the tile and cleaned it up. The third day he returned to grouting and sponge it down. The forth day he returned for an hour to clean it up for the last time and check the grouting work.
Not counting travel time, he probably spend 12 hours doing the job. That's 25 bucks an hour at best, and he supplied the mortar mix, grout and tools.
I'm sorry to tell you, you were ripped off.. You paid $23 per sf for labor.. A 2x6.5 backsplash should take a total of 2 hour's to do from a professional. Anything more, and they are milking you.. I pay my installers $2.50 sf.. for wall tile, I provide the mastic ($18) I can see some sort of trip charge because your area was so small, but that was a little extreme..
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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I'm sorry to tell you, you were ripped off.. You paid $23 per sf for labor.. A 2x6.5 backsplash should take a total of 2 hour's to do from a professional. Anything more, and they are milking you.. I pay my installers $2.50 sf.. for wall tile, I provide the mastic ($18) I can see some sort of trip charge because your area was so small, but that was a little extreme..

Care to share the who, wht where when of your installers? I am sure the OP would gladly move on from over paying beofre if they can save now.
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