By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Twelve-inch floor tiles can dramatically change the floor of a room, providing a quick fix for a room when you want to change its personality in a hurry. You can choose tile with or without adhesive backing. The actual tile installation takes no time when compared with removing all the furnishings, preparing the floor and removing baseboard molding.
You’ll find a wide selection of 12-inch floor tiles at home and floor centers. Those with adhesive backing are installed by removing the backing and firmly pressing them in place. Those requiring adhesive are laid down after spreading floor adhesive with a trowel. Both types of tile require a sound, level floor as a base. You can install tiles over the existing floor, applying an embossing leveler to smooth any texture on the old floor so it doesn’t show through the new tiles. Apply a floor-leveling compound if there are any cracks.
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Be careful with the paper backing after you've removed it. Keep it in one place so it's not under foot because its slippery surface can cause you to lose your footing and fall.
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A floor installer will charge $460, which includes labor and material, to lay adhesive-backed 12-inch tiles in a 12-by-15-foot room, assuming there’s no additional work required. You can buy the tiles for $285 and install them and save 42 percent for your labor.
That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to install 12-inch floor tiles lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.