Cost to Install 12-inch Floor Tiles – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 460

$ 285

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 63% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Install 12-inch Floor Tiles noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

What’s the cost to install 12-inch floor tiles? The contractor cost to install 12-inch floor tiles is $460 vs. doing it yourself for $285 and saving 42 percent.

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.

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.

Watch Home Depot’s video about How to Install Self-stick Vinyl Floor Tiles.

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. 

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