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How Much Does It Cost to Remove Tile Flooring?

Jenna Jonaitis
Written by Jenna Jonaitis
Updated March 22, 2022
A bright kitchen with a dining table and tile flooring
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Highlights

  • Removing tile can cost anywhere from $2–$7 per square foot.

  • Costs range from $320–$1,120 for a 160-square-foot kitchen.

  • Removing the tile yourself involves eight to 12 hours of work.

  • Project costs include a few tools and supplies if you do it yourself.

  • A tile installer often bundles removal and new installation in one project price.

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Removing tile from your kitchen or bathroom floor can allow you to create a whole new vibe in your space. Bonus: You can repair any underlying flooring issues and keep your floor the same height. The average cost of tile removal is $3.50 per square foot, but can range from $2 to $7 per square foot. Learn about the factors that impact cost and how you can save money on the project.

National AverageMinimum Maximum
$3.50 per sq. ft.$2 per sq. ft.$7 per sq. ft.

How Much Does It Cost to Remove Tile Flooring?

The cost to remove tile flooring largely depends on the size of the space. Here are a few examples of what your project might cost based on the room.

How Much Does It Cost to Remove Tile Flooring per Square Foot?

The average cost to remove tile flooring is $2 to $7 per square foot, with the average falling at $3.50 per square foot. The cost is largely dependent on whether you do the work yourself or hire it out. Some contractors have a minimum project cost, such as $400 to come to your home and do the work.

Tile Removal Cost Breakdown

Removing floor tile involves labor, tools, supplies, and disposal. A contractor usually includes all of these expenses in their quote, but be sure to double check before signing a contract. Costs tend to be the same whether you have ceramic tile or porcelain tile. 

Labor

If you hire a local flooring installer to remove your tile flooring, expect to pay between $2 and $7 per square foot, depending on labor rates in your area and square-footage of the space.

Tools

If you’re tackling tile removal yourself, you’ll need a few tools to do the job. If you don’t have these tools already, you can rent, borrow, or purchase them, depending on your budget. 

  • Protective eye shield

  • Construction respirator or mask

  • Sledgehammer

  • Hammer

  • Work gloves

  • Chisel

  • Shovel

  • Pry bar

  • Floor scraper

  • Wheelbarrow

  • Shop vac

  • Push broom 

Supplies

Beyond the tools, you need a few supplies to make the job safe and effective. 

  • Plastic sheeting

  • Painter’s or masking tape 

  • Contractor-grade heavy duty trash bags or metal trash can

Disposal

Renting a dumpster costs $380 on average but can range from $200 to $800 per week depending on the size. The rental fee usually includes hauling and disposal. Contractors usually include these fees in their cost, but ask your contractor about disposal expenses so you aren’t surprised at the end of the project. 

Repairing Damage

If you remove your floor tile and find subflooring issues or water damage, you may need to increase your budget. The cost of replacing your subflooring or repairing issues depends on the extent of the damage and what needs to be fixed. 

Cost to Remove Tile Flooring Yourself

Top view of a jackhammer over broken tiles
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You can save anywhere from $2 to $5 per square foot by doing the project yourself. The main costs of removing tile flooring are the tools and a few supplies, along with your time. Removing tile and grout can take anywhere from eight to 12 hours for 100 square feet of tile. The total project time depends on the size and complexity of the space and your experience level. If you need to remove fixtures such as toilets and sinks, the project can be more challenging. 

Removing tile is physically demanding and it’s best if you have another adult to help you with the task. Ensure you close off the area with construction-grade plastic sheeting to ensure the dust and debris doesn’t enter other parts of your home. 

Wear protective gear to ensure you don’t inhale dust or injure yourself in the process. You also want to ensure that you’re careful when using a hammer or sledgehammer so you don’t damage the subflooring and plumbing underneath the tile.

Cost to Remove Tile Yourself vs. Hiring a Contractor 

Removing a tile floor yourself can save you hundreds of dollars, but will take you at least a day’s work for a 100-square-foot room. If you’re hiring a pro to install new tile flooring, you may get a discount if they do the removal as well. Talk with your contractor before the project to discuss rates and what’s included. Get at least three quotes from local flooring companies to compare prices. 

How to Save Money While Removing Tile Flooring

Here are a few ways to save on costs when removing tile:

  • Bundle your new tile installation and removal with the same contractor

  • Remove the tile yourself

  • Recycle or sell the tile instead of disposing it

Removing Tile Flooring Questions and Answers

Is it expensive to remove tile floors?

Removing tile floors yourself isn’t expensive, and hiring a contractor can cost anywhere from $2 to $7 per square foot. The total cost of the project depends on the square footage and the cost of labor in your area. 

Is it hard to remove tile flooring?

Tile floor removal is a physically demanding project that takes eight to 12 hours for 100 square feet. It also requires protective gear and closing the area off with construction-grade plastic sheeting to avoid dust and damage to other parts of your home. 

What other projects can I do at the same time? 

You can renovate your bathroom or kitchen at the same time, such as replacing your vanity or cabinets, painting the walls, or changing out light fixtures. The average ROI of a bathroom remodel is 55% to 60% while a kitchen remodel averages at 72%. Upgrading either space is a smart home upgrade.

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