By Gene and Katie Hamilton
It's no surprise that marble floors are featured in high-end homes and have been the gold standard in fine restaurants, retail centers and commercial buildings. Their enduring quality can't be matched, and their elegance makes a statement whether in a contemporary, traditional or historic home. Marble’s durability makes it a popular choice even in a modest home, and it is frequently used in high traffic areas like a foyer, hallway and bathroom.
A flooring contractor will charge $1,229 to install 12-inch marble tiles laid in mortar in a 10- by 10-foot hallway, which includes the labor and material. You can buy the materials for $525, install them and save 56 percent.
DIY Hassle Alert
If you have experience working with tile, consider doing this job, but don't forget the DIY damage factor when you're using expensive materials like marble. You could make miscuts that cost more than what you save. If there's any doubt, hire a professional installer who has the expertise and specialty tools required for a lasting installation.
Stone and marble experts tell us that it’s very important to properly seal a marble floor to protect it from penetrating stains. Choose a solvent-based impregnating sealer and install it following the manufacturer’s directions. Don’t use a floor wax or polyurethane finish, use a marble sealer that’s designed to penetrate deep into the stone and protect it. You’ll find it where marble flooring is sold.
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No matter who does the work, the key to the installation is a solid underlayment like cement board that provides a sound surface for the tiles so they won't crack.
The Balance features this advice
Tips for Installing, Sealing and Maintaining Marble Tile Flooring.
Now you know the average cost to install a marble tile floor, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Cost updated 2018
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.