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How Much Does It Cost To Install Laminate Flooring?

For homeowners looking for a fresh, stylish look on a budget, it doesn't get much better than laminate flooring. Designed to look like hardwood, tile and even stone for a fraction of the price of these materials, laminate floors are easy to install and maintain. However, getting the most out of any laminate flooring upgrade means paying attention to more than just comparisons. This guide reviews what homeowners can expect to pay for professional installation of laminate flooring, as well as the factors that may affect the final cost of such a project.

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National Install Laminate Wood or Stone Flooring Costs
Average reported cost $2,182
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Minimum reported cost $100
Maximum reported cost $6,000
Most homeowners spent between: $1,383 to $2,434

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Table of Contents 

  1. Laminate Flooring Cost
  2. Laminate Flooring Cost Factors
  3. Laminate Flooring Price Comparison
  4. Advantages of Laminate Floors
  5. Disadvantages of Laminate Floors
  6. Types of Laminate Floors
  7. Laminate Flooring Colors
  8. How to Install Laminate Floors
  9. Find A Pro

Laminate Flooring Cost

While laminate flooring has a reputation of being less expensive than other flooring types, such as wood and tile, that doesn't mean it’s always "cheap." In fact, different qualities and thicknesses of laminate flooring exist in a range of prices that generally spans from as little as $1/sf to $5/sf. Similarly, labor costs for laminate flooring installation also come in a range. Labor rates for flooring installation are usually calculated by the square foot. For laminate installation, homeowners can expect to pay an average of $2/sf for the installation component of the laminate flooring project only.

Laminate Flooring Cost Factors

There are several situations regarding a specific project or choices that homeowners can make about their laminate flooring that can increase or decrease the ultimate price of their project. These factors include:

  • Cost of the laminate material: Prices range from $1/sf to $5/sf on average
  • Need for additional subflooring: may increase price by several hundred dollars
  • Cost to remove and haul away existing flooring: may increase price by several hundred dollars or $1/sf - $2/sf
  • Cost of new baseboard or trim: $50 - $250
  • Cost of labor: depends on the contractor's price model and experience, may be charged by square foot or the hour. Costs $2/sf on average

Doing some of the prep work yourself, such as removing old flooring materials and laying new subfloor, can also dramatically reduce the final costs of any laminate floor installation project. In addition, special factors such as oddly shaped rooms with difficult cuts or unforeseen circumstances, such as water damage, can increase costs even further.

Laminate Flooring Price Comparison

Laminate flooring is well known in the home improvement community as one of the least expensive flooring options, yet it’s one with a variety of styles that meet the design needs of the modern homeowner. It isn’t, however, the only affordable choice in town. As the table below displays, there are many other affordable choices for new flooring as well as some much more luxurious options for homeowners with larger budgets:

Flooring Type

Low Price (per square foot)

High Price (per square foot)







Sheet Vinyl



Olefin Carpet



Nylon Carpet






Luxury Vinyl Tile



Natural Stone



Solid Oak



Advantages of Laminate Floors

For many homeowners, the biggest and best reason to choose laminate flooring is because it provides the look and design effect of much more expensive options, such as hardwood and stone, at a fraction of the price. However, laminate floors also offer additional benefits including incredible durability and easy maintenance.

Another real advantage to installing laminate floors is that their thin profile often makes it possible to place them directly on top of existing flooring. This makes the process of installation quicker and less expensive because it eliminates the expense of the removal and hauling away of old flooring and, often, the addition of a new subfloor as well.

Disadvantages of Laminate Floors

Laminate flooring does have a few drawbacks. Namely, because it’s a more affordable, budget-friendly option, it also adds less to the value of a home when compared to the materials it imitates. In this respect, some homeowners and potential buyers look down on laminate floors as a lower-quality option, regardless of the flooring’s style or actual quality.

Another common issue that homeowners have with laminate flooring is its susceptibility to moisture. Its core is prone to swell if exposed to too much water, such as in flood conditions or even in bathrooms where water pooling is likely. In addition, because the manufacturing process that produces laminate flooring includes photographic imaging, the look of the surface is the only option homeowners can ever have without completely replacing the floor. Laminate can’t be sanded, restained or otherwise painted to look any different.

Types of Laminate Floors

There are two major types of laminate floors: wood and tile/stone. These two styles are made to resemble some of the more expensive flooring options and often come in pieces similar to the authentic materials. Therefore, laminate wood floors are designed as interlocking boards, whereas tile and stone laminate floors resemble square or rectangular tiles.

Types of Laminate Floors

Laminate Flooring Colors

The process used to make laminate flooring starts with a resin-based surface that is then laminated or bonded. Manufacturers use photographic imaging to transfer patterns and colors onto that surface before covering it with a final aluminum oxide coat. As a result of advancements in printing, it’s therefore possible to produce literally any color or pattern on a laminate flooring piece. However, the most popular options are hardwood patterns in a range of stains from white to dark cherry and light to medium marble patterns.

How to Install Laminate Floors

Depending on the type of laminate flooring homeowners choose, the process to install it as a DIY project is largely the same. Considered an intermediate-level job, installing laminate flooring on your own is easier in relatively square rooms, such as living rooms, but significantly harder in rooms with complex cuts such as bathrooms or kitchens. These are the basic steps for the simple installation of interlocking wood laminate floors in a rectangular room:

Prepare the Floor

Begin by removing existing flooring materials and/or laying a subfloor. Once installed, clean the surface thoroughly, eliminating all dirt and debris from the work area.

Create a Moisture Barrier

Because laminate is especially susceptible to moisture damage, place a layer of plastic sheeting over the subfloor, allowing approximately 2” of overage on all sides. Tape the excess material to the wall using masking or painter's tape.

Place Spacers

To allow for the expansion of the floor, use small sections of the laminate wood planks as spacers to keep the flooring approximately ¼-inch away from the wall. Place these spacers starting at the corner of the room where you plan to start laying the planks.

Lay the Planks

Begin laying the first row of planks snugly against the spacers and trim the last row to a length that is also ¼-inch from the wall. Repeat this process on subsequent rows, taking care to layer the joists of the wood so they’re staggered.

Remove Spacers & Install Baseboards

Once the flooring is in place, remove the spacers and install the baseboards in the ¼-inch void.

Find A Pro

Having a flooring professional oversee the installation of your new laminate flooring is the best way to ensure that the pieces are properly laid to last. Get started today with our free flooring lead generator and get in touch with pros in your area who can give you a quote.

Last updated on Aug 4, 2016

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