Cracked ceramic tiles mar the appearance of a floor and may, in locations like bathrooms or kitchens, make the subflooring susceptible to the dangers of water.
If the subfloor gets continually wet over time, it will swell and cause damage to additional tiles and will begin to rot as well.
Replacing broken tiles takes careful work and good DIY skill, so you might want to consider hiring a flooring contractor or handyman with good experience to do the work too.
Repairing one tile might take 30-45 minutes. Larger jobs will take less time per tile if the tiles are adjoining.
If the entire floor looks in need of some work, you should consider whether or not you want to repair or replace the entire floor.
If you have access under the subfloor check first to determine the obvious signs of rot
Our goal is to give you information you can use in your decision to do the work yourself or hire a pro for the job.
The good news is that there’s no harm trying it yourself first. Unless you break several more tiles, which is unlikely, you won’t do anything that will cost extra if you do have to hire someone for the repair.
In this repair guide, we include ceramic floor tile replacement costs for DIY work and for hiring a professional, so you’ll have an idea of what to expect if you get estimates from tile contractors.
There are plenty of tips too that give you an idea of what you’ll be doing. Finally, we include resources at the end that offer additional information that will help you evaluate this project.
These tips aren’t exhaustive. They’re designed to show the scope of the issue.
We include the tools and materials you need. Let’s get started.
Here are costs for a DIY job and what you can expect when you hire a professional for the work.
DIY Ceramic Floor Tile Replacement: Hopefully you’ll have the extra tiles you need left over from the original job. If not, replacement tiles cost $2 to $15 depending on the size and style. A cold chisel and small hammer cost about $10 each, and so does a rubber grout float. The adhesive or mortar you choose will cost less than $10. If you choose to use a drill, they start at about $35, and a masonry bit will cost $8 to $12.
Professional Ceramic Tile Replacement: Most ceramic tile installers have a minimum charge for repairs which is usually $125 to $1750. That cost should cover the replacement of several tiles at least.
Save Money on Ceramic Floor Tile Replacement
If you’re doing the work yourself, borrowing tools you don’t have is the best way to save money. However, none of the tools are very expensive, and if you have tile floors, you will like use them again.
The best way to save money when hiring a tile contractor is to get several estimates to get the best price. Let the companies know that they’re competing for the work, and they’ll give you their lowest estimates. Before taking the lowest estimate, make sure that the person you select has good experience replacing ceramic flooring tiles.
These pages will give you additional help as you consider this house repair job.
YouTube – Here’s video from a local flooring company that makes everything very clear. It includes discussion of the tools you’ll need.
Trevathan Floors – These tips from a pro are very helpful.
North Jersey – This basic overview will help DIYers do the job quickly and successfully.
Pecos Softwareworks – These step-by-step instructions include photos to help.