Lay 12-inch floor tiles
A floor installer will charge $462 to lay adhesive-backed 12-inch tiles in a 12-by-15-foot room. You can buy the tiles for $270. Full story (Olympic Paints photo / February 18, 2013)
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.
A floor installer will charge $462 to lay adhesive-backed 12-inch tiles in a 12-by-15-foot room, assuming no additional preparation work is required. You can buy the tiles for $270 and install them and save 42 percent for your labor.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$462 -- $270 -- 6.2 -- 8.0 -- $192 -- 42 Percent