Install a marble floor
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 $1,412 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 $545, install them and save 61 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.

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.

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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved

$1,412 -- $545 -- 23.0 -- 42.5 -- $867 -- 61 Percent