As an alternative to real hardwood floors, laminate flooring is great. It comes in a lot of colors which can complement literally any home. Besides that, laminate flooring is affordable. In other words, you can actually get the feel of actual hardwood without crashing your bank account.
So, if you are thinking about going for laminate floors to add that rustic glamor to your home but is confused about the budget, this article will hopefully prove beneficial for you. This is because we will give you the average estimates of how much money you will require to install laminate flooring in your home.
However, it is worth mentioning that the expenses will vary from project to project as there are various factors at play that directly affect the overall budget. Do not worry, we have got that covered as well.
Let us begin the discussion.
The Average Rates for Installing Laminate Flooring
Hardwood flooring is vulnerable to dents, scratches, and damage from water and of course, it is expensive. It costs around the range of $ 14 to $ 32 per square foot. Naturally, not all find it affordable.
Laminate flooring, on the other hand, gives you a similar-looking finish at many more affordable rates. The overall costs required to install laminate floors range from $ 1,500 to $ 3,500 with the average rate being around $ 2,207. This rate is applicable if you go for a laminate that is 12 mm thick to cover a 200 square ft. area having a sound-absorbing underlayment.
Besides low installation rates, laminate floors are also very durable and are resistant to water damage and scratch especially if you go for the heavy-duty ones. They are also easier to clean in comparison to the wooden ones and are thus considered ideal for high-traffic areas and portions of homes that are more exposed to moisture.
You should note that the rate per square ft. for installing laminate wood-style flooring ranges from $ 6 to $ 14 and it includes the cost of labor and the materials required. This is because you may be recommended to go for different add-ons. It also changes depending on the abrasion rating and the type of finish you go for.
It is worth mentioning that installing laminate floors is comparatively easy (obviously the amount of space you need to cover is important) and hence the cost of labor averages from $ 800 to $ 1,600 for a 200 square ft space.
Cost of Installation Depends on the Type of Laminate Floor
Now that you have got an idea of the average rates, it is important that you understand that the type of laminate floors you want to install is an important factor to consider when calculating your budget.
Laminate floors come in 3 varieties which are wood, tile, and stone. Based on that as well as the color, style, and pattern, the rates will vary.
1. Wood laminate floors
The average rate for wood laminate flooring ranges from $ 1.50 to $ 3 per square ft. It is the most widely used type and comes in a variety of colors, sizes, and thicknesses. The most expensive is hickory and the least expensive are white oak, red oak, and maple. However, if you want something midrange then go for beech, cherry, and acacia.
2. Tile laminate floors
The average cost per square ft for tile laminate floors is between $ 3.50 to $ 5. Tile laminate can give the similar look to terrazzo and concrete and are also widely available. However, if you live in wet areas, it is best to avoid tile laminate flooring. This is because they click-lock together but are edges are not sealed, which may result in water seeping through the joints.
3. Stone laminate floors
The rates for stone laminate floors range from $ 3.50 to $ 5 per square ft. The stone laminate resembles tumbled or antique floors and is also available in a wide variety. They are installed as click-lock tiles and are bigger than planks. The size of stones will vary in each tile.
Other Factors to Note While Calculating the Budget
Besides the type of laminate flooring, you are going for, there are various other factors to consider when calculating your overall budget. Some of the most common are mentioned below:
1. Area of the floor and the complexity
The average rates for installation vary from $ 6 to $ 14 per square ft including the cost of labor but it can fluctuate depending on the type of finish. The size of the area you need to cover is also important. For covering large spaces, you will need more material, hence rates will be high. However, for small spaces, at times, rates become high when there is a lot of complexity involved along with a lot of trimming and cutting.
2. Time of the year
If you are going for a pick season for the installation work, then prices will be high. Hence, it is better to avoid pick times and hire contractors during off-seasons, maybe after the holidays.
3. Your location
Your geographic location is an important deciding factor when it comes to calculating your budget to install laminate floors. The labor cost and the price of materials vary from state to state. If you live in an urban location, the overall cost will be more than that of a rural location.
4. Additional costs
There are some additional costs that you need to keep in mind:
- If there is a need to remove old flooring, the overall cost will increase. The average rate for removing old flooring for 200 square ft is around $ 400.
- If your subfloor requires repairing or replacement, costs will increase. Around $ 550 will be required for a 300 square ft. plywood subfloor. The labor costs will range from $ 25 to $ 35 per hour.
The average laminate floor installation rate is not that high but for accurate numbers, do consider the other factors mentioned above.