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How Expensive Can Flooring Get?

Given how much variance exists in flooring costs, it can be a headache for contractors and subcontractors to develop accurate estimates. Most recent statistics show that depending on the material you choose and the scope of the project, flooring installation costs can vary anywhere from $0.4 to $22 per square foot.

For commercial projects that operate on a larger scale and often require various materials, it’s a good idea to opt for commercial estimating services like ours because accuracy is critical to project success in this case.

If you’re a homeowner looking to redo the flooring in one or two rooms, taking out a rough estimate for the job is relatively easier. Here are some things you can consider.

1. Select floor material

The first thing you want to determine is the material that you want to use. There’s a wide range of options, including hardwood, laminate, stone tile, carpeting, and vinyl floors. The prices vary significantly between these options, and you’ll find both pros and cons of each.

Hardwood is usually the most expensive option ranging from $6 to $22 per sq. ft. Vinyl, laminate, and carpeting are on the cheaper side, with average prices starting at $3 per sq. ft.

2. Select material quality

Once you’ve decided on the material, it’s time to think about quality. Even carpeting that’s generally priced affordably can be expensive if you choose premium-quality options. The thickness of the material and quality factors will affect your overall price.

For instance, hardwood flooring is generally divided into three grades: Clear, Millrun, and Rustic. Clear graded hardwood is the most expensive and starts at about $18 per sq. ft.

3. Estimate room size

The next step is estimating the square footage of the room you’re planning to redo. Be sure to add the wall trim to your flooring estimate. Another important aspect to keep in mind is wastage. Even with the most skilled labor on hand, there’s bound to be some wastage when cutting and resizing planks and tiles.

4. Old flooring removal

New construction flooring is cheaper per sq. ft. because the work is relatively straightforward. However, if you’re remodeling the house, you’ll likely have to pay extra for old floor removal, which can be quite labor-intensive. In some cases, the subfloor may need repairs or leveling before new material can be placed on top, increasing the cost.

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5. Labor costs

Depending on the project’s size and complexity, labor costs range from $1.5 to $5+ per sq. ft. for flooring. Carpeting, laminate wood, and vinyl planks are generally the least expensive to install. On the other hand, tile and hardwood flooring installation requires special skill and is more expensive to install.

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