Prices for laying tiles

Anyone got a rule of thumb sort of price for laying tiles?

Got a flat roof which we’re tiling. Material costs are not in this quote, it’s just labour. 25 euro a sq metre. Does that sound about right?

Or are we out massively?

11 thoughts on “Prices for laying tiles”

  1. I assume you mean terrace tiles, not new roofing?

    If there’s no surprises in the roof and roofing, and if the proper tiles tiles with underlayment are used.. Sounds about right for a cash-in-hand 2-man job where they don’t expect too many problems.
    At least to dutch standards, dunno how far the spanish have upgraded.

  2. The Other Bloke in Italy

    Yes, especially if they are terrace tiles. I would pay that here for a flat, waterproof job.

  3. Important question is what are you going over? Existing tiling? New screed? A patchwork of repairs with bumps & dips? Need a self levelling screed first? A fall? Four triangles for creases to a drain?
    45×45’s on a flat deck I’d reckon laying better than 40m a day going solo. So 25 notes/metre baby would eat very well.

  4. It’d take me an hour a metre squared for doing a proper job with 300mm by 300mm tiles so I’d say 25 Euro would be about right here in the UK. Plus the cost of the tiles, adhesive etc etc.

  5. Whatever you pay, don’t pay it on the black. Quote in writing, specify direction of drain. Once done get a hose on it and make sure you don’t get a rooftop swimming pool.
    (That is, if Portuguese roofers are anything like English ones.)
    Caveat Emptor

  6. As others have said, your question is a bit under-specified. If it is just laying the tiles, it’s one thing. If it includes laying a screed, sorting drainage etc it’s a whole different ball game.
    Find yourself a couple more quotes and not only will you get a sense of a realistic price, but you’ll also pick up more of an idea of how much cowboyness is going on. You might not see evidence of it in the tiling, but 18 months down the road when the joints crumble away to nothing you’ll regret not paying the extra few quid.

  7. It is a sad state of affairs but you need to get an idea of the specification from speaking to multiple parties. Ask ‘What will you do? What are the things you need to be aware of before you start? What about [drainage, movement, levels?]’

    Especially the last question if they don’t cover it up front. That way you get an idea of whether they know and open, know but forgetful, or don’t know.

    Problems take time. We moved March ‘20 into house with extension built in 2016. Roof started leaking Jan ‘21. Turns out it was a cowboy rubber roofer who’d bodged a drain fitting which eventually failed.

  8. @Andrew Again
    “It is a sad state of affairs but you need to get an idea of the specification from speaking to multiple parties. ”
    Not really. A lot of things are more complicated than they look. A roof is a system that protects the interior of a building from the elements & clears rainfall away effectively. Tiling it is just decoration. What Tim really needs is someone who understands the entire system. But then he’d be paying a builder to pay the tiling contractor & it’d all cost a lot more. So he wants to contract the tiler direct. But there’s no reason to presume the tiler understands the system. He just tiles what he’s told to. So it’s down to Tim to tell him what to do & to do that, he has to understand the system.
    Your drain fitting should have been inspected by whoever commissioned the extension. It may not even have been the roofer’s fault. What he’s connecting to may not have been suitable for that type of drain or the drain not suitable for that sort of roof.
    Friend of mine here had a problem with water leaking in around a sloping window in a pitched roof. What we’d generically call a Velux. So I took apart what surrounded it. Bloody obvious what the problem was. They’d bought the wrong pattern of window for the application. It would have come with soakers & flashings for a different type of roof. Soakers lead water away from the aperture & the flashing covers the gap between the soakers & the frame on top. Everything’s designed to let water run downhill. I suppose the dago put it in looked at all the kit in the box, couldn’t make head nor tail of it, so threw it away & bogged the whole lot in with mastic & flashband. Which with the temperatures here lasted about 3 or 4 years. Not saying the Spanish seem to understand much about roofing in the first place, from what I’ve seen of their efforts. They seem to lack the fundamentals. But then they’re not coping with a climate where it rains more days than it doesn’t when it isn’t snowing or scorching hot, Brit roofers have to work against.

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