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Unread 12-25-2018, 09:05 AM   #11
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The ratio of materials to labor isn't necessarily a fixed ratio. FOr example, I know of one nice granite tile that's $200/sqft just for the materials (it's a gorgeous white with aquamarine blue waves through it, very rare). The labor to install it would be the same as if it were one that cost $8/sqft. Some hand made or custom tile is also very expensive as are many glass ones.

But, time is money, so for any one shower, to do a quality job will take a fair amount of time, and often, labor is more than the materials cost.
Jim DeBruycker
Not a pro, multiple Schluter Workshops (Schluterville and 2013 and 2014 at Schluter Headquarters), Mapei Training 2014, Laticrete Workshop 2014, Custom Building Products Workshop 2015, and Longtime Forum Participant.
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