Cost to Install a Marble Tile Floor – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 1229

$ 525

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 35% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Install a Marble Tile Floor noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

What’s the cost of a marble floor? The contractor cost to install a marble floor is $1,229 vs. doing it yourself for $525 and saving 56 percent.

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.

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.

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. 

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