Average Cost/Price to Fix/Lay Victorian Tessellated Tiles

To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the INFORMATION box below the PRICES…

(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)

How Much Does Victorian (Tessellated) Tiling Cost?

Victorian (Tesselated) Tiling

Job 1
Replacing a tiled front path. Let’s assume it’s 1 metre wide and 5metres long. It needs new (black and white) 100mm tiles, laid in a diamond pattern, with a single tile border. The concrete base is fine.

That’s 1 man 2 days plus £200.00 materials

Job 2
To dig up the existing and lay a new screed for the above
That’s 2 men one day plus £100.00 materials

Job 3
Replace a tiled hallway. Lets assume its 1.5m wide by 4m long (6m²) on an existing screed.

The tiles will be 150mm² in cream and red commonly known as “Ennerdale”. There will be a border, a central pattern and a little extension into an adjacent doorway.

This will take 1 man 5 days plus £550 materials

Job 4

To lay a new waterproof screed for the above

Job 6

To replace the boards with marine ply, 1 man 1 day plus £120 for the plywood

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A Price Guide and Information Sheet on Fixing Victorian/Tessellated Tiles

About 50% more than normal tiling is the immediate answer…. and then some!

Why? because Victorian tiles can be quite small and they are almost always laid in “interesting” designs and “interesting” costs
much more than “bog standard”.

Unless you are replacing like for like, YOU need to know two things before you speak to tilers. Which colours and which design do you want? For this you need inspiration, so you must trawl the internet and/or stroll around the neighbourhood.

Don’t try to have a damaged area repaired, the new tiles won’t match and will stick out like a chav at a polo match. If you want to replace like for like though, you should take a few photos for reference.

(I’ve nothing against the working classes by the way, I often used to sport a tracksuit whilst crossing the quad when captaining the house at rugger).

When the old tiles are removed, inspect the base. If it’s concrete it will be 100 years old. If it’s cracked, lay a new one and make sure it’s dry and “gone off”, before new tiles are laid. It must also be flat and smooth - so concrete is out - he needs to lay a sharp sand screed and this requires experience.

Planning is everything, this is why you need an experienced bloke. You need to outline precisely what you want and where you want it. Don’t leave decisions for him to make when you’re both at work, you or your wife may disagree when you comes home!

If you are considering fitting tiles in a previously untiled hallway, the existing floor may be boarded. No one will tile on floor boards. They must all come up and 18mm thick plywood sheets screwed down instead (preferably marine ply).

That leaves 2 more areas to cover. Firstly, different adhesives must be used for concrete and wood (he will know what to use). Now what about sealing? This can get quite complicated so do a bit of research before you ask the tiler’s opinion. There’s initial grout removal, penetrating protection, surface cleaning and even annual cleaning to consider.

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