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Old 09-28-2013, 10:37 PM   #1
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Does it cost more to install granite and marble tiles


A friend of mine is building his own home, and he was told by his contractor that granite and marble tiles cost more to install.

Is this true?

I can understand that you may need a more expensive thinset, but I don't understand why it would cost more to install.

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Old 09-28-2013, 11:38 PM   #2
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Of course it is, it takes a lot more time.

Also tell your friend that the floor structure must be stronger and flatter than for ceramics. That part is the responsibility of the homeowner/builder.

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Thanks Jazman.

In what way does it take more time? Do you mean it takes longer when you have to cut the tiles?
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Mummy,

Having to make every cut on a wet saw (which is probably located in the garage and then drying each tile), is only a small part of it.

*Marble and granite tiles are flat, they don't have the curved "shoulders" like most regular tile do. This means the floor has to be almost perfectly flat or you'll be fighting it and still get some lippage.

*Marble and granite tiles are "rectified" which means they are very accurately cut. Because of their accuracy they are installed with small grout gaps making the setting more difficult. Again, you have to work at it to minimize lippage.

In a perfect world I'd need to charge about 3x more for labor to install polished natural stone tiles. That's hard to do, but 2x or so is in line with what it's worth for the extra time and effort. There are many variables though and so that guesstimate is not written on stone.

Again though remember, natural stone requires a much stiffer and flatter floor structure. The subfloor must be presented to the tile setter within specs for the intended use. The tile setter is not expected to fix the floor's structure as part of his installation.

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Thank you Jazman, you are a wealth of information.
I will let him know, and in particular I will tell him about the stiffer and flatter floor structure.

You are the best. Where is my favourite guy Bud Cline? Why hasn't he answered yummy mummy.......
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Hey, wait a minute. Are you sure you didn't mean to say it the other way around? I think Bud is the best in many ways.

Bud is alive and well, (I hope), and living in Hastings Nebraska, as usual. He's taken a leave from the forum.

Be sure to have your friend come here for some clarification for his project. Don't only take the builder's or his tile man's word for it.

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He's lost his position as the best...... Now you are the best.


Thanks for all your help and I will tell my friend to join this great forum.
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Mummy,

Thank you very much, you can axe me questions anytime.

We'll be on the lookout for your friend, tell him to mention your name. Also tell him to have the basic info available, I think you know what that is.

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