Installing backer board is the first step when tiling a kitchen or bathroom. Cement or fiber-reinforced backer board creates a solid, level surface that's moisture resistant and strong enough to support a layer of ceramic or stone. This durable material is found behind tile floors, shower surrounds, countertops and backsplashes.
|What you can expect|
|Range per square foot:||$4.40||$7.01|
|Range for this type of project:||$1,320||$2,103|
Backer Board Installation Cost
Complete cost of 7/16" reinforced concrete backer board for screw-down installation. Rate is inclusive of local delivery, as well as standard excess for perfect installation and future repairs.
Basic Labor for Backer Board Installation
Labor costs for thorough installation under standard conditions. This will start with a full assessment of the space. The layout will be planned, appropriate equipment acquired, materials transported, and all preparation, installation and cleanup carried out. Floor surface will be cleared of debris, and the backer board will be affixed to the existing subfloor and secured in place with screws.
Job Supplies for Backer Board Installation
Necessary supplies to supplement installation process. These include the manufacturer-recommended underlayment, as well as fasteners, adhesives, and surface sealants.
Removal of Backer Board Installation Waste
Appropriate disposal of all related project debris, including old materials, installation waste, and any other refuse.
Removal of Tile (Optional)
Thorough, efficient removal of existing tile floor. Tiles will be detached, broken down, and transported for safe and legal disposal.
|cost to install backer board|
|National Avg. Materials Cost per square foot||$1.06|
|National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 300 square foot||$1,683.99|
|National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 300 square foot||$1,298.90 - $2,069.09|
Before installing backer board, the area must be clean, level and properly framed. Based on the layout of the space, tiling contractors score the boards to fit each zone while accommodating any fixtures or utility lines. Next, contractors use a combination of fasteners and thinset mortar to secure the backer board to the underlying structure. Once the contractor has taped all of the seams and filled any gaps with mortar, the area's ready to be tiled.
Unless the homeowner has prepared for a large-scale remodeling project, existing tiles and building materials must be removed first, which adds to the overall cost. Installation procedures vary depending on the type of material, installation site and manufacturer's recommendations. Additional steps might be required when installing backer board over bare studs or an existing subfloor, especially if the surface isn't level. Light to moderate carpentry is sometimes needed to support the incoming material, especially around bathtubs, which could increase labor costs and the level of difficulty.
Homeowners with construction experience may be capable of installing backer board as well as any professional, but hiring a licensed contractor has its advantages. Professionals use their experience to select appropriate materials and minimize imperfections that could affect the appearance of the tiles later. For most homeowners, working with a tiling contractor is the best way to ensure that the backer board is properly installed and the new tiles look their best.