How Much Does Tiling Cost In Sydney? [2022 Price Breakdown]

Overall, the average range for tiling falls between $30 to $120 per m2 or $45 to $100 per hour. Prices vary based on your choice of tile (e.g. porcelain is more affordable than marble), the size of your area, and the area being tiled. If you’ve got a bathroom, kitchen, laundry or swimming pool to upgrade, we’ll show you how much it will cost.

Home renovation is often a double-edged sword.

On one hand, the right improvements — like getting fresh new tile on your kitchen wall, bathroom or around the pool — can make a huge positive impact on your space, leading to higher retail value, a more modern aesthetic, and other key benefits.

That said, renovation costs can easily spiral out of control if you’re not working to a budget, and it can be hard to get a straight answer about the costs and how much you should reasonably expect to pay.

So let’s cut through the jargon and talk about the cost of tiling in your Sydney home or business. Read on for everything you need to know about tiling costs in Sydney.

Is it worth getting new tiling? 

First thing’s first: is getting new tiling the right choice for you?

You don’t want to spend on a service that’s not going to improve your home or lifestyle. Thankfully, when looking at the big picture, upgrading your tiling is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to upgrade your bathroom, kitchen, swimming pool, or outdoor space.

This makes tiling an ideal choice for Sydneysiders wanting to spruce up their home without breaking the bank. If you’re on the fence over new tiles, here are our favourite reasons to take the plunge:

✔ Tiling is easy to clean: 

This is particularly true when compared to timber or carpeted floors. This can be a huge plus if you deal with a lot of foot traffic or if you want daily cleaning and stains to be at the bottom of your to-do list.

✔ Tiling is easy to repair: 

In the same vein, if you chip or damage a tile, it is fairly easy to replace and repair (and you don’t have to fix the whole space). This makes it ideal for large, busy families or rooms that receive heavy foot traffic (e.g. your kitchen or bathroom).

✔ Tiling keeps your home cool: 

Unlike carpet, which tends to retain heat, tile actually cools the surrounding space. This can be great in Sydney’s hotter months or if you’re trying to cut down on heating bills.

✔ There are lots of tiling options: 

If you’re looking for variety, you really can’t go wrong with tiling. With a huge range of materials available, you’re bound to find the right tiling for your unique needs and space (and if you can’t decide, we’re happy to help).

In short, tiling is a high reward, low risk upgrade — and it’s likely to be well worth your investment today and in the future.

Average tiling cost (by area)

How much should you expect to pay in total for each area of your house?

Well, there are a couple of key factors to keep in mind depending on the area that you want to tile. These variables include:

  •  Type of tile you use (each tile material brings its own cost)
  • Style or design to make your area pop (while staying durable over time)

Remember, you can always work with an expert if you’re unclear about any of these details. Once you know which tile you’ll be using and what design features you want to include, here are some averages by area

Average floor tile cost

Sydney costs for tiling floors typically falls into the following price ranges:

Tile Average Price
Vinyl floor tiles $40 to $100 per m2
Ceramic or porcelain floor tiles $50 to $150 per m2
Natural stone floor tiles $90 to $125 per m2

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Average swimming pool tile cost

The average cost of pool tiling in Sydney is roughly $90 per m2. 

That said, if you have a small pool with straightforward installation, you can expect to pay closer to $60 per m2, and if you have a large or complex pool you can expect to pay approximately $90 per m2.

These rates will also depend on the type of tile that you choose for your pool. To help you accurately forecast your costs, here is a quick breakdown of average costs for the most popular swimming pool tiling options:

Type of Pool Tile  Average Reported Costs Per Square Meter 
Ceramic $15 to $90 per m2
Glass $70 per m2
Natural stone $70 per m2
Mosaic $40 to $80 per m2
Porcelain $15 per m2

Average outdoor tile cost

On average, outdoor tiling in Sydney will set you back an average of $45 per m2. The only additional cost to consider here is any drainage planning that you might need for your space.

Looking to learn more about outdoor tiling? Explore our range of outdoor tiling services here

What factors determine tiling costs?

Now that you know how each location influences the cost of tiles, let’s break down a few more variables to consider.

Tile Material

One of the primary influences of price is the type of tile you use. For example, a heavy natural stone like granite will cost more than porcelain which is easier to manufacture (compared to sourcing natural stone from the ground), and easier to work with.

Some of the most popular tiling options in homes from Bondi to the lower north shore:

  • Ceramic
  • Sandstone
  • Granite
  • Travertine
  • Porcelain
  • Basalt
  • Rock cladding

Check out our simple table below for an overview of each tile’s average cost (keep in mind, these prices are for the tile materials only, and do not include installation costs).

Tiling Job Average Cost 
Ceramic wall $40 to $80 per m2 
Mosaic tiles per sheet $30 to $50 per m2 
Porcelain wall $60 to $90 per m2 
Porcelain floor $60 to $90 per m2
Natural stone floor $80 to $90 per m2
Natural stone wall $80 to $90 per m2
Ceramic floor $50 to $60 per m2

That said, keep in mind that price isn’t just about the look and the cost. You also need to consider the tile’s strength, its quality, and where it is best suited. Certain types of tile, for example, are not appropriate for a swimming pool or the inside of a shower as they lack grip strength, but they will work for countertops or backsplashes.

The key here is to pick tiling that will not only look good but last for a long period of time.

Installation complexity

If your install involves a complicated design, very small tiles, or a lot of prep work, expect to see these factors play into your overall cost. If you have old tile, uneven flooring, or other barriers, then, the cost will be higher.

Area size

Most professional tilers will charge you based on the square metre of the area they’re working on (as well as the complexity of the job and time that will be spent).

To stay on top of this cost, then, it’s important that you have a clear idea of the square footage that you’re working with. To calculate area cost, measure the length of your area and multiply it by the width. For example, a 5 metre x 8 metre space would be 40 m2.

Understanding this number, as well as the base cost of the material you choose and labour costs, will give you a good idea of your overall costs.

Labour 

Labour can cost anywhere from $30 to $120 per m2, though this also depends on the area that you’re tiling.

Floors, for example, often cost around $40 per m2 while backsplashes and countertops generally cost anywhere from $25 to $35 per m2.

Alternatively, some Sydney tilers charge by the hour. If this is the case, expect to see a range from $30 to $120 per m2 depending on the project and your professional’s level of skill. Consult the table below for a complete breakdown of installation costs:

Tiling Job Type  Average Cost 
Indoor tiling $60/hour
Outdoor tiling $45/hour
Indoor tiling $50 per m2
Outdoor tiling $45 per m2
Wall tiling $50 per m2
Floor tiling $40 per m2
Pool tiling $85 per m2

Can you save money with DIY tile installation?

Anyone can lay tiles…in theory.

However, not everyone can lay tile well. If you get it wrong, you could wind up spending more money trying to fix your mistakes. You should only consider a DIY tile installation if:

  • You have experience working with plumbing and you understand the blueprints of your home
  • You have experience working with adhesives and laying tile
  • You know how to measure and cut tile
  • You know how to prepare your base floor or wall for the tile
  • You have the skill to create the layout or planner that you’re looking for.

If you can’t tick all of these boxes, you should consider working with a professional. At NHK Tiling we offer a 100% Quality Guarantee and 100% Customer Satisfaction (alongside $20 million in public liability insurance) to ensure your home or business is always in safe hands.

RECAP: How much should you expect to pay for tiling in Sydney? 

Overall, the typical range for tiling costs is $30 to $120 per m2 or $45 to $100 per hour.

Remember, your total costs will also depend on factors including:

  • The tiling material you use
  • The size and difficulty of your job
  • The demand for renovation in your area
  • The state you live in

With beautiful, new tiling in your bathroom or kitchen splashback able to add value to your home, is it time you started a home improvement project that will benefit you today, tomorrow and well into the future?

For more information about our tiling services, or a fast and FREE quote, reach out and chat with Sydney’s favourite tilers today. 

Request a free quote on 0402 462 570, or simply enquire online.