Cost to Replace Broken Tiles – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 155

$ 45

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 52% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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The average price to Replace Broken Tiles noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much to replace broken tiles? The contractor cost to replace broken ceramic tiles is $155 vs. doing it yourself for $45 and saving 71 percent. 

A damaged ceramic tile on a wall or floor is an eyesore and replacing it can be a challenge. But, if you’re lucky enough to have a leftover tile that matches, and the skills and patience of a dogged do-it-yourselfer, you can make the swap and no one will ever know. The same process works for one tile or an entire section of damaged or loose tile.

The job involves using a cold chisel to isolate and break the damaged tile into several pieces so that you can remove the pieces with a chisel or grout saw.

The trick is to do this without damaging the adjoining tiles. Once you’re done, inspect the wall (or floor) to be sure it’s intact and clean away any tile remnants or adhesive residue.

That’s the difficult part of the job. The easy part is spreading adhesive on the back of the replacement tile and setting it in position. When the adhesive is set, use premixed grout to seal all the joints around it and wipe off the excess. Polish all the tiles with a clean towel and it’s done. While a handyman will charge $155 for the job, you can do it for $45. That’s a saving of 71 percent.

The average price to replace broken tiles noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. 

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