Guide for Natural Stone Flooring Prices & Costs

How much does stone flooring cost? Here are material and labor prices for natural stone flooring including granite, marble, travertine and more.

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Natural Stone Flooring Costs

Here’s a snapshot of the materials costs for stone floors. See below for labor costs and more information.

  • Travertine flooring cost: $2.30 to $9.25 per square foot
  • Limestone flooring cost: $1.85 to $11.30 per square foot
  • Slate flooring cost: $6.35 to $12.50 per square foot
  • Granite flooring cost: $3.85 to $16.50 per square foot
  • Marble flooring cost: $3.50 to $15.25 per square foot

The vast majority of stone flooring will fall within these ranges. It’s possible you might find both less and more expensive flooring while shopping for your natural stone flooring tiles.

Factors Affecting the Price of Natural Stone Flooring

As you can see, there’s quite a range of stone flooring prices. The reasons for the differences include:

  • Larger tiles often cost more per square foot than smaller tiles
  • Tile with exceptional color or veining will cost more
  • Rarer imported stone flooring may cost more than average
  • Discontinued lines of stone flooring will cost less
  • The cost of living where you live

The Cost of Removing Old Tile Flooring

You’ll be able to save quite a bit by removing old tile yourself, but it’s a tough, dusty job that requires using power tools.

  • Tile removal cost: $2 to $5 per square foot

The more difficult the demolition is and the more the subfloor requires repair, the more the cost of tile removal will be.

Natural Stone Installation Costs

While there are slight differences, most natural stone installation costs are similar for the various materials. When you receive stone flooring installation prices, expect estimates for the labor in this range:

  • Natural stone installation: $7 to $18 per square foot

An Overview of Natural Stone Flooring Costs

The following table provides a quick overview of natural stone flooring material, installation and removal cost. Costs are shown per square foot.

Table 1: Cost of Natural Stone Flooring: A Comparison at a Glance

Type of Natural Stone Flooring Material Cost (sq. ft.) Installation Cost (sq. ft.) Removal Cost (sq. ft.) Total Cost (sq. ft.)
Travertine flooring cost $2.30 to $9.25 $7 to $18 $2 to $5 $11.30 to $32.25
Limestone flooring cost $1.85 to $11.30 $7 to $18 $2 to $5 $10.85 to 34.30
Slate flooring cost $6.35 to $12.50 $7 to $18 $2 to $5 $15.35 to $35.35
Granite flooring cost $3.85 to $16.50 $7 to $18 $2 to $5 $12.85 to $39.50
Marble flooring cost $3.50 to $15.25 $7 to $18 $2 to $5 $12.50 to $38.25

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Factors Affecting Stone Tile Installation Costs

Your estimates will vary based on:

  • How complex the job is – work with more corners and obstacles cost more
  • Installing stone on stairs raises the price significantly
  • The condition of the subfloor – when repairs to the subfloor are required such as replacement, filling or levelling, the price will rise
  • The cost of living in your area
  • How many estimates you receive – with the key to finding the lowest prices being to get estimates from several stone tile installers who know they’re competing for the work

How to Save Money on Natural Stone Tile Installation

These money-saving tips will reduce your costs for natural stone flooring installation.

  • Take a look at discontinued lines with discounted prices – you might find something you love
  • Hire the flooring installer yourself rather than paying a general contractor to hire subcontractors.
  • Get at least 3 competitive estimates for the installation

How to Determine How Much Flooring You Need

If the room is a rectangle, simply multiply the length times the width. For example, a room 12×20 has 240 square feet of floor space.

For L-shaped space, measure the two rectangles separately, and add the two sums together. For example, if the above room also has a 6×10 breakfast nook, multiply those numbers to get 60 square feet. Add that to the first sum to get 300 square feet total.

Now, add 5% for trimming and waste. To do this easily, multiply your square footage of floor space by 1.05. So, in our example, 300×1.05=315 square feet. You should have a half-box or so of tile left over for potential tile replacement in the future.

Natural Stone Flooring Cost FAQ

This Q&A covers additional important topics.

Is ordering stone tile online smart?

It’s always best to be able to see stone tile in person since the color represented in online pictures might not be completely accurate.

Is hiring a handyman for installation a good idea?

Regardless of what the individual’s title, what you need is someone with excellent experience installing stone tile flooring. In addition, most stone floor contractors are licensed and insured. This isn’t always the case with handymen, so take time to find out about the person’s experience and their qualifications to do the work.

Why is getting multiple estimates so important?

There are two reasons it is important. First, when installers know they’re competing for the work, they’ll provide lower estimates. Secondly, the process gives you an opportunity to learn about the installation crew’s skill and experience, so you can evaluate whether or not they have what it takes to do a good job.

How can I avoid the hassle of getting multiple estimates?

It certainly can be a hassle. You often have to make five to ten phone calls to get three to get back to you in a timely manner. Then, you have to screen each one for experience and more.

A quick and convenient way to take the hassle out of the process is to use a service like the one we offer. There is no obligation, and you’ll receive written estimates from natural stone contractors in your area. Filling out just one form is all it takes, and the service is free. Click here for more.

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