How Much Does It Cost to Install a Toilet in Florida?

May 29, 2018

Installing a new toilet in Florida costs $450 on average, but can range anywhere from $250 to $650.

Below are the factors that affect how much you’ll pay to have a new toilet installed:

  1. Toilet efficiency

  2. Toilet design

  3. Flushing technology

  4. Your home’s existing plumbing

  5. The plumber you hire

We’ll break down how these factors affect cost...

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Cost factor #1: Toilet efficiency

Not all toilets are created equal—some are more efficient than others (meaning they use less water).

Toilet efficiency is measured in “gpf” (gallons per flush). Most new residential toilets range from 1.28 gpf to 1.60 gpf, the federal standard for new toilets.

The bottom line? The higher the gpf, the more expensive the toilet.

BUT higher gpf toilets also save you more in the long run. For example, some older toilets (pre-1992) have high gpf ratings that range from 3.5 to 7 gpf. If you have an old 7-gpf toilet and replace it with a high-efficiency toilet of 1.28 gpf (these efficient toilets will have a WaterSense label), you’ll save up to 10,439 gallons per year.

Note: You can find the gpf of your current toilet by looking on the rim.

Cost factor #2: Toilet design

The design you choose for your new toilet will also affect how much you’ll pay for a new toilet install.

You can choose between 2 different toilet styles:

  • Round toilets (less expensive, best for children): Round toilets sit closer to the ground, which makes them ideal for children.

  • Elongated toilets (most expensive, more comfortable for adults): Elongated toilets have a sleeker design and sit higher, which makes them more comfortable for adults than round toilets.

Once you choose a style, you can also choose between a two-piece or one-piece model:

  • Two-piece toilet (less expensive): Two-piece toilets are not as aesthetically pleasing, but they are less expensive.

  • One-piece toilet (more expensive): One-piece toilets have a smooth design and require less maintenance, but they’re also more expensive than two-piece toilets.

Cost factor #3: Flushing technology

Toilets are categorized by 2 different flushing technologies:

  • Gravity-flush toilets (less expensive): This type of toilet uses gravity and a siphon effect to flush waste. Gravity-flush toilets don’t have as powerful of a flush as the pressure-assisted toilets, but they require less maintenance.

  • Pressure-assisted toilets (more expensive): These toilets use air pressure to provide a powerful flush. Because of their technology, pressure-assisted toilets require more maintenance than a gravity-flush toilet.

Cost factor #4: Your home’s existing plumbing

If the condition of your home’s existing plumbing is in poor condition, the cost to install a new toilet may increase.

For example, if the plumbing pipes in your bathroom are corroded, or they were installed incorrectly to begin with, then the plumber may have to modify those plumbing features to accommodate the new toilet. Any necessary modifications to your home’s existing plumbing will raise the total cost of a toilet install.

Cost factor #5: The plumber you hire

The plumber you hire to install your toilet will also affect how much you’ll pay.

Why is that? Well, experienced, high-quality contractors will likely charge more for their services, but they’ll also do better work.

Beware of plumbers who charge less, because that often means they cut corners. And when it comes to installing a new toilet, the last thing you want is for a plumber to cut corners or take shortcuts because that will only lead to more repairs down the road.

Our recommendation? Hire an experienced contractor—even if they charge a little more upfront. That way, you know you’ll get high quality service and that your toilet will be installed correctly.

Below are tips that will help you determine if a contractor is experienced:

  • See how long they’ve been in business. If a plumber has been around a long time (10+ years), that shows a good business record, which means they likely do quality work.

  • Verify that they’re licensed and insured: A professional plumber will carry the proper local licenses to practice plumbing and they’ll be insured in case something goes wrong on the job (so you won’t be liable).

  • Check their online customer reviews to see how other people feel about their service. If the reviews are mostly positive, then that means you’ll likely have a good experience hiring this plumber too.

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Or give us a call at (813) 963-3056. We’ll send one of our experienced plumbers out to give you a free toilet install quote for your home.

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