Cost Guide And Materials
Deciding what type of floor you want is not easy. There’s too much to choose from. If you want hardwood, what type of hardwood? You want tile? What kind of tile? Would bamboo be better? The Flooring Estimator is here to make your life a little easier. It provides information on all floor remodeling projects, the primary floor coverings and allows you to pick and choose as much as you wish between different materials. We base our flooring costs on averages in your zip code, but they should be considered a rough guide, not a final figure. And when you’re ready for that new floor, ImproveNet contractors are ready and willing to work with you.
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Table of Contents
- Flooring Cost Factors
- Flooring Installation Costs
- Flooring Repair Costs
- Cleaning Costs
- Flooring Types
- Ideal Floor Types by Room
- Radiant Heating Systems
- Flooring Trends
- Find A Pro
The floors of your home might not stand out as the focal point in any one space, but they are large spaces that require a lot of attention over time. Some materials, like hardwood, may be able to last for decades, but things like tile, vinyl or laminate might need repair or replacement more frequently. To better understand the average costs of various flooring jobs around the home, use this guide to price things first.
Flooring Cost Factors
Before jumping into flooring quotes and average costs, you must first understand what affects your overall flooring cost. While materials and professional installation may be obvious factors, there are other less obvious influences that can increase or decrease your overall flooring remodel price.
To no surprise, your budget largely affects what you can and can not do for any flooring renovation project. It is very important that all homeowners know exactly what you can spend on your remolding project before getting started. Sadly, given the size of the space or the scope of the project, certain materials or timeframes may be out of the question. For example, if you’re working with a small budget, real hardwood may be out of the question. If you’re working with a larger budget, more flooring materials are at your disposal. Nevertheless, your budget changes many imperative decisions.
Those who don’t set a budget will spend more than you intended. Additionally, make sure you have a contingency budget. You never know what will go wrong once you start tearing up those floors.
Cost of Materials
Those of you brave enough to take on your floor renovation project by yourself, more power to you. While you’ll be saving a lot on professional labor, you still have to pay for the raw materials. There is a wide range of material costs given how many different types of flooring there are. For example, as you can see below, ImproveNet has found and researched the average material costs for over 40 flooring types. Prices may go as low as $1/sf to as high as $100/sf. Needless to say, the cost of materials can greatly influence your flooring remodeling cost.
Price to Hire A Pro
Hiring a professional will increase your total remodeling cost. Everyone deserves an honest pay for an honest day’s work. Expert labor does not come cheap. For mid-range or high-end flooring remodels or installations, expect 20% of your total budget to go towards labor.
Return on Investment (ROI)
Most homeowners do not think of ROI when it comes to remodeling their floors, but a project’s ROI should always be on your mind. Most of us do not plan on living in our homes until the day we die. Therefore, your future sale price must be considered. As such, you must keep current trends and flooring designs in mind as you research flooring prices.
Believe it or not, very few remodeling projects, and even fewer flooring projects, have a positive ROI. Nonetheless, you should still update your floors because future homeowners will enjoy (if you pick a trendy flooring option) and you too can appreciate your renovated floors.
Like we said earlier, flooring trends will change your total flooring investment. As demand for a particular material goes up, so does demand. The one material that has skyrocketed over the years is hardwood. While it may not be as popular in the bathroom, it has dominated the ranks in almost every other room around the house.
Then again, if you are remodeling your bathroom floors, check out the seven hottest bathroom flooring trends.
Some homeowners love tile while others can’t live without hardwood. Some can’t imagine a life without carpet in the bedroom while others simply can’t deal the extra maintenance that comes with it. Either way, your personal taste will increase or decrease your floor remodeling cost.
We will get into more prices later, but in general, carpet and laminate come in on the cheaper end and then tile, hardwood and other stones go up the flooring price line.
Flooring Installation Costs
There are many flooring projects, but it all starts with installation. While most flooring projects revolve around repair, a 100% replacement is never out of the question. Therefore, you must know how much flooring installation cost for each flooring type.
Hardwood Flooring Installation Cost
Beware, hardwood installation is one of the most expensive materials to install. While the average price for all flooring installation is $2,229, hardwood installation comes in at $4,840 for 500sf of space or $9.68/sf.
However, the price will largely depend on the type of wood chosen. There are plenty of wood types on the market, ranging from pine and walnut to red oak and maple. Different price points make for different installation costs.
Ceramic or Porcelain Tile Flooring Installation Cost
Despite the rise of hardwood, tile still reigns supreme in the bathroom. As many remodeling projects start in the bathroom, it’s a good idea to know the average installation cost for ceramic and porcelain tile. According to ImproveNet data, homeowners who hire a pro to install spend $3,724 for 500sf ($7.45/sf) of ceramic or porcelain tile.
As always, this price includes professional installation and labor. While tile installation is not easy, those who have DIY experience can do it. If you do go that route, as our ceramic tile material estimator indicates, expect to pay $1,200 for a 500sf project ($2.40/sf).
Carpet Installation Cost
Despite its slow demise, carpet still add a warm and welcoming touch that no other flooring option can match. However, unlike other materials, many professional carpet installation companies include the price of installation into the cost of carpet. Fortunately, it’s still cheaper than the other alternatives. Expect to pay $2,969 for 500sf ($5.94/sf) of medium-quality carpet.
If you do decide to buy and install the carpet yourself, make sure you buy the right amount. Our carpet calculator makes it as easy as possible to buy the right amount of carpet and not overpay on your next flooring installation or replacement project.
Laminate Flooring Installation Cost
While you don’t hear about it as much as hardwood or tile, laminate still has its place in homes across the country. As an affordable alternative, laminate is a common choice that is easy to clean and very versatile. Installation is quick compared to the materials discussed and just like hardwood, it comes in a myriad of different colors. Expect to pay $2,344 for 500sf ($4.69/sf) of materials and installation of laminate flooring.
Vinyl Tile Flooring Installation Cost
As you saw above, tile flooring installation is more expensive than some of the other options. However, homeowners can still get that tile look without spending a fortune by going with vinyl tile. In fact, vinyl tile is warmer on the feet and still offers many color variations. Furthermore, vinyl tile is easier to install without a pro because it requires few tools. If you do hire a pro, expect to pay $2,355 for 500sf ($4.71/sf) of vinyl tile materials and installation.
Bamboo Flooring Installation Cost
As we move toward a greener earth, environmentally-friendly options have popped up all over the home and flooring is no exception. Bamboo flooring offers a cheaper alternative than traditional hardwood and yet, can look very similar. Material costs are very low (starting at $2/sf), but if you hire a pro, you will most likely pay around $3,651 for 500sf ($7.30/sf) of bamboo flooring (with installation).
Flooring Repair Costs
Rather than replace your entire floor, most flooring remodeling projects revolve around repairs. Fortunately, as our flooring repair cost estimator indicates, the average price to repair floors is $752. Nevertheless, that price can largely fluctuate based on your flooring material.
Hardwood Repair (Refinish) Cost
When you repair hardwood floors, refinishing is in order. Unlike tile, if you just repair one section of hardwood without refinishing, the floor will certainly look uneven. The minimum amount that most homeowners spend on hardwood floor refinishing is $700. In the mid-range of wood floor refinishing, the majority of consumers spend $1,200 to $1,600.
Tile Repair Cost
Tile, unlike hardwood, is a rather simple repair project for both flooring pros and active DIYers. Since tiles are laid one by one, pros can easily removed damaged tiles and replace them without breaking a sweat. For a few simple tiles, expect to pay anywhere between $100 and $400 for professional tile repair. If you want to tackle the project yourself, watch our very short video below.
Carpet Repair Cost
If you own carpet, a carpet repair project is in your near future. Whether it’s a stain, burn or just general wear and tear, your carpet will need to be repaired once in awhile. In terms of stains, a good, thorough cleaning is needed. A professional carpet cleaning company will charge a minimum of $100 to tackle a rough stain and homeowners should expect to pay anywhere from $188 to $246 for an in-home visit. Likewise, if you’re dealing with a carpet patch, or filling in hole, don’t pay more than $250 for the entire project.
No matter what floor you choose, cleaning comes with the territory. While most floor cleaning projects do not require a pro, some require more maintenance than others.
Cleaning Hardwood Floors
Unless you have a massive stain you can’t remove, no homeowner needs to hire a pro to clean their hardwood floors. All the floor needs is the occasional dusting, mopping, swiffering and vacuuming. Hardwood floor cleaning is all about consistency. As long as you take out the swiffer once in awhile, your floors should remain in good condition.
For extra help, please see our Top Tips For Cleaning Hardwood Floors.
Cleaning Tile Floors
Much like hardwood, to keep your tile clean as can be, a little TLC is all you need. Nevertheless, there are professional machines tile pros use to remove those tough stains.
In addition to the tile, you have to also consider the grout in between the tiles. Cleaning grout is not as easy as the actual hardwood. Grout is porous, which means it absorbs water, soap and other materials that it comes in contact with. If you have any issues with grout cleaning, call a pro. Grout cleaning can cost anywhere from $80 to $250. The final price depends on the severity of the discoloration.
As already indicated above, cleaning carpet is a bit more complicated than hardwood or tile. As you may have guessed, carpet demands more cleaning than that of tile or hardwood, so while the average is less, the number of cleans over the carpet’s lifetime is usually more.
According to our carpet cleaning cost estimator, most homeowners paid $167 to have their carpets professionally cleaned.
As referenced throughout this page, there are plenty of different flooring types for every room. Rarely will you find a resource with every possible type of flooring out there, but ImproveNet has found over 40 flooring types and their material costs. You must keep these average tile, carpet, bamboo, stone and wood flooring costs in mind as you find the perfect solution for your home.
- Carpet Padding: $0.50 - $1/sf
- Pergo Flooring: $1 - $2/sf
- Indoor Outdoor Carpet: $1 - $2/sf
- Stainmaster Carpet: $1 - $2/sf
- Plush Carpet: $1 - $3/sf
- Concrete Tile Flooring: $1 - $3/sf
- Olefin Carpet: $1 - $3/sf
- Ceramic Tile Flooring: $1 - $3/sf
- Carpet Tile Flooring: $1 - $4/sf
- Sheet Vinyl Flooring: $1 - $4/sf
- Clay Tile Flooring: $1 - $5/sf
- Rubber Flooring: $1 - $5/sf
- Epoxy Flooring: $1 - $5/sf
- Nylon Carpet: $1 - $5/sf
- Berber Carpet: $1 - $10/sf
- Frieze Carpet: $2 - $4/sf
- Travertine Flooring: $2 - $5/sf
- Marmoleum Flooring: $2 - $5/sf
- Red Oak Flooring: $2 - $6/sf
- Bamboo Flooring: $2 - $7/sf
- Commercial Carpet: $2 - $7/sf
- Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring: $2 - $7/sf
- Limestone Flooring: $2 - $11/sf
- White Oak Flooring: $3 - $6/sf
- Hand Scraped Flooring: $3 - $10/sf
- Linoleum Tile Flooring: $3 - $10/sf
- Cork Flooring: $3 - $22/sf
- Pine Flooring: $4 - $6/sf
- Walnut Flooring: $4 - $9/sf
- Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Flooring: $4 - $9/sf
- Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring: $4 - $13/sf
- Natural Stone Flooring: $5 - $10/sf
- Wood Flooring: $5 - $10/sf
- Interlocking Tile Flooring: $5 - $12/sf
- Teak Flooring: $5 - $18/sf
- Indoor Brick Pavers: $5 - $20/sf
- Terrazzo Flooring: $5 - $20/sf
- Heart Pine Flooring: $5 - $25/sf
- Maple Wood Flooring: $6 - $14/sf
- Ash Hardwood Flooring: $7 - $18/sf
- Reclaimed Wood Flooring: $8 - $11/sf
- Solid Oak Flooring: $8 - $14/sf
- Travertine Tile Flooring: $15/sf
Ideal Floor Types by Room
It’s important to remember that one type of flooring typically won't be effective throughout the home. As you read above, what you need in the bathroom will differ substantially from what you need in the bedroom. As a quick rule of thumb, tile is a smart choice in rooms with water and humidity such as the laundry room, kitchen and bathroom.
Radiant Heating Systems
As the remodeling industry matures, so does your flooring. Just like smart technology, there have been plenty of upgrades when it comes to residential flooring. The most prevalent upgrade is radiant heating.
Radiant heating is exactly how it sounds. Whether through water or electricity, radiant heating warms up your cold tile floors in the winter. While the average price to install a radiant heating system is just over $4,000, the size of the space as well as the chosen technology will alter the price. Bear in mind, repairs are not that cheap, going as high as $3,000.
What’s hot in the flooring industry can and will affect your overall flooring remodeling cost. After all, as demand goes up, so does price. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to know what flooring types are trending in your area.
General Flooring Trends
- Black Leather Tile
- Wood-Look Ceramic Tile & Laminate
- Wide Plank Hardwood
- Stylish Tile
Kitchen Flooring Trends
- Ceramic Tile
- Porcelain Tile
Bathroom Flooring Trends
- Ceramic Tile
- Porcelain Tile
- Stone Tile
- Heated Tile Floors
- Laminate & Wood Looking Tiles
- Patterns, Textures & Designs
Find A Pro
Now that you know all there is to know about flooring costs, are you ready to tackle your next remodeling project? If so, ImproveNet can connect you with flooring pros in your area.
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Last updated on Apr 27, 2016
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- Painted Floors
- Marble Flooring
- Travertine Tiles
- Hand Scraped Flooring
- Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring
- Luxury Vinyl Tile
- Natural Stone Flooring
- Linoleum Tiles
- Marmoleum Flooring
- Sheet Vinyl Flooring
- Nylon Carpet
- Stainmaster Carpet
- Solid Oak Flooring
- Pergo Flooring
- Walnut Flooring
- Pine Flooring
- Indoor Brick Pavers
- Clay Tile
- Cork Flooring
- Red Oak
- Maple Wood
- Concrete Tile
- Plush Carpet
- Indoor Outdoor Carpet
- Carpet Padding
- Commercial Carpet
- Carpet Tiles
- Ceramic Tile
- Heart Pine Flooring
- Olefin Carpeting
- Teak Flooring
- Terrazzo Flooring
- White Oak Flooring
- Reclaimed Wood
- Ash Hardwood
- Frieze Carpet
- Brazilian Cherry Hardwood
- Berber Carpet
- Interlocking Tiles