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Cogcog

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11,344 posts

143 months

Wednesday 14th September 2011
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I have posted a job on MYHAMMER to lay 320 sq feet of floor tiles (300mm x 300mm) on a square new build levelled floor. There are some tricky bits; they have to be laid diagonally (corner to corner) and laid around the stairs where the bottomm step has rounded ends.

The first quote back is £5 a sq foot with me providing the tiles, adhesive and flexible grout. So about £1600 in labour.

It feels excessive, but I have never priced up floor tiles separately before and have always had it included in the cost of a new kitchen or bathroom.

How does £5 SQ foot sound?

jjones

2,673 posts

101 months

Wednesday 14th September 2011
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me and a mate just laid 320 sq ft of 450x450 tiles, took about 12 hours including grouting. we have a little experience (3 kitchens and 3 bathrooms between us) so wouldn't expect experiences fitters to take as long so to me it sounds bloody expensive!

roofer

4,270 posts

119 months

Wednesday 14th September 2011
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Pound a tile,2 quid for a cut tile. 3 quid for a really awkward cut tile.

King Herald

20,367 posts

124 months

Wednesday 14th September 2011
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Cogcog said:


How does £5 SQ foot sound?
Holy mother of god, a fiver a square foot!!!!! yikes

Our new build has over 1700 sq ft of tiles to be laid, all the flooring basically, but luckily it is not in rip-off England, where tradesmen earn charge more than astronauts....

Spudler

3,809 posts

104 months

Wednesday 14th September 2011
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As a guide, labour only £25/M2
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Chris77

754 posts

102 months

Thursday 15th September 2011
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Spudler said:
As a guide, labour only £25/M2
This is about the going rate at the moment in my area

Cogcog

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11,344 posts

143 months

Thursday 15th September 2011
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Chris77 said:
This is about the going rate at the moment in my area
That's about 2.50 a sq foot then.

homeimprovements

169 posts

83 months

Thursday 15th September 2011
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Hi. We are currently charging £27.50 per m Inc all adhesives and grout for diagonal laying and £26 per m for regular

-Pete-

2,512 posts

84 months

Thursday 15th September 2011
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Last year I paid around £50/m3 = £5/ft2 + VAT excluding tiles for 30m3 of 610x610 travertine, including sealing & polishing, in Buckinghamshire. So £5/ft2 for a ceramic tile is very expensive, I'd expect half that to be correct.

Cogcog

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11,344 posts

143 months

Friday 16th September 2011
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homeimprovements said:
Hi. We are currently charging £27.50 per m Inc all adhesives and grout for diagonal laying and £26 per m for regular
Where about in Lincs are you? My job is on the North Notts/South Yorks border near Worksop.

homeimprovements

169 posts

83 months

Friday 16th September 2011
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We are based in south lincs but we will travel. Just affects the price a bit. We were in wansworth in July so worksop not that far

Cogcog

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Friday 16th September 2011
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homeimprovements said:
We are based in south lincs but we will travel. Just affects the price a bit. We were in wansworth in July so worksop not that far
Ok, once I have exchnged contracts and have a firm date I will be in touch, roughly how long would 30 sq meters take to lay and grout?

homeimprovements

169 posts

83 months

Friday 16th September 2011
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I would book it in my diary for three days . may get done in two If I could put in two long days

swiftpete

1,779 posts

101 months

Monday 19th September 2011
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I have a friend who's a tiler and works around the Nottingham area. He's a very nice bloke and very good at his job. If you want another opinion on the job/price let me know and I'll give you his details.

Cogcog

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11,344 posts

143 months

Monday 19th September 2011
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signing contracts tomorrow, hopefuly exchnaging end of this week.

Dusty964

6,376 posts

98 months

Monday 19th September 2011
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20-25 a sq m assuming a level concrete screed to work over.
If it's a wooden floor, a decent adhesive costs a fair amount extra over.
I would say 2 days total, and insist on a rapid set adhesive so you don't have to stay off the floor overnight.

Cogcog

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11,344 posts

143 months

Tuesday 20th September 2011
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Dusty964 said:
20-25 a sq m assuming a level concrete screed to work over.
If it's a wooden floor, a decent adhesive costs a fair amount extra over.
I would say 2 days total, and insist on a rapid set adhesive so you don't have to stay off the floor overnight.
May have to be rapid set otherwise we won't get to bed! It is a new and levelled concrete floor with UFH which I think needs a flexible grout?

Dusty964

6,376 posts

98 months

Tuesday 20th September 2011
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Single part flexible adhesive too over UFH fella.


homeimprovements

169 posts

83 months

Tuesday 20th September 2011
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As above. Flexible powered adhesive . The one We use is walkable within a hour to hour and half

A.C.E

478 posts

154 months

Wednesday 21st September 2011
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we paid earlier this year £20 per square meter for ceramics, but the cost went up slightly for porcelain. i didnt think it was a bad price, and did get quotes far higher and a lot cheaper.