Buying and Estimating: Resilient Tile

Resilient tile is one of the more popular choices for tile floor installations. The first, and one of the most important, steps is to accurately estimate the costs of any tile project. Material and labor costs can vary, depending on the tile retailer, any added flooring repairs, the tile contractor rates and the total area of the room to be tiled. Even unusual room shapes can be a factor in the total cost of installing resilient tile.

Retail vs. Wholesale

On average, buying resilient tile from a wholesaler can save an average of 30 percent on materials costs, so it is worthwhile to research this option. Tile wholesale distributors may be fewer in some areas, and it may take a bit more legwork to find the resilient tile that coordinates perfectly with the rest of the where you are installing the tile.

Labor Costs and Room Area

Before shopping for your resilient tile, take careful measurements of the length and width of the room. Use these to calculate the total area. Ask different tile sellers for estimates based on this area, and also ask for referrals to tile installation contractors. Any reputable tile installation specialist will also give accurate labor estimates based on your measurements.