Last updated on March 31st, 2022
Cost to tile a fireplace
Tiling a lacklustre fireplace is a great way to inject some charm into it. Read our cost to tile a fireplace guide for price estimates.
As much a focal point for gatherings as it is the ideal place to curl up and relax, a fireplace is the centrepiece of any lounge area or bedroom fortunate enough to have one. As well as bringing comfort to your property, your fireplace should look good, too.
Want to inject some charm into your existing fireplace but unsure how? You can make sure yours stays looking in pristine condition by simply adding some stylish new fireplace tiles.
In this cost guide, you’ll learn how much you can expect to pay for tiling a fireplace surround, re-tiling a fireplace, tiling over a brick fireplace, and much more.
What factors affect the cost to tile a fireplace?
Some of the factors that will have an impact on your fireplace fitting quote include:
- Design and style of the fireplace tiling
- Type of tile
- How large or small the tiling area is
- Paying per metre or per day
Cost to tile a fireplace surround
|Cost provided item||Unit||Range - Low||Range - High||Average cost|
|Cost to tile fireplace||Per square metre||£100||£160||£130|
|Cost to tile fireplace surround||Per square metre||£100||£160||£130|
|Cost to retile fireplace||Per square metre||£116||£176||£146|
|Cost to tile over brick fireplace||Per square metre||£117||£177||£147|
|Labour cost to tile a fireplace||Per square metre||£30||£40||£35|
|Cost to tile around a fireplace||Per square metre||£100||£160||£130|
|Cost to reface a fireplace||Per square metre||£25||£177||£100|
|Cost of tilers||Per square metre||As above||As above||As above|
Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now
It’ll cost between £100 – £160 per metre square for a professional tiler to tile a fireplace’s surround. That’s an average cost of £130.
If you’re planning on tiling a fireplace, it’s important to speak to multiple tradespeople about your plans to get a range of quotes and advice. You can do this easily by filling in our request a quote tool. Simply enter details about your tiling project and your location, and we’ll send it to tilers near you.
Cost to retile a fireplace
It’ll cost between £115 – £180 per metre square to retile a fireplace and this cost includes the removal and disposal of your existing tiles.
Your local tiler will usually recommend the below types of tile for the job:
- Natural stone
Cost to tile over a brick fireplace
To tile over a brick fireplace, you’re looking at a cost of around £150+, which includes a tile backer board.
Before tiling your fireplace, your tile installer will expect you to prepare the walls and surfaces. Tiling over a brick fireplace should be straightforward, but costs will vary depending on your choice of tile.
Porcelain tiles are popular choices for fireplaces but can be a pain to fit, and so expect the tiling costs per metre square to reflect this.
Labour cost to tile a fireplace
A tiler will charge between £30 – £40 per hour to tile a fireplace, and it takes 1.2 hours to fix and grout one metre square of tiles.
The cost of tiles ranges between £20 – £60 per metre square.
How much does it cost to tile around a fireplace?
Your local tiling expert will charge between £100 – £160 to tile around a fireplace – that’s about £130 on average.
How much does it cost to reface a fireplace?
The cost of refacing a fireplace ranges quite a bit, with prices starting from £25 per metre square, although low-end prices such as this only include the cost to replaster, not re-tile. If you pay a higher price of £177 per metre square, this will include tiling over brick with tile backer board.
As a ballpark figure, we’d suggest £100 but check with your local tiling expert for accurate prices – as these costs are estimates only.
Before choosing your fireplace tiles, explore our inspirational chimney breast design ideas article or our how to tackle a fireplace restoration guide if you’re planning a full renovation project.
How much do tilers charge per square metre in the UK?
As highlighted above, the price your local tiler charges per square metre varies, depending on what needs to be done. Take a look at our table for cost estimates.
Can you tile over a fireplace hearth?
Yes, tiling over a fireplace hearth is an achievable task for keen DIYers. Whether you want to revamp an original fireplace or create the ultimate base to fit a wood-burning stove, tiles are the perfect material for a fireplace hearth, as they’re durable enough to safeguard the floor from heat damage.