How Much Does It Cost To Install New Flooring?
Most homeowners spend between $1,424 to $2,464 nationally.
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Whether for new construction or a kitchen remodel, flooring is a big part of decorating a home. The floor is one of the biggest items in any room, and it can make or break the style and appeal of bathrooms, bedrooms and more. Before picking such a style, you have to know the costs.
Once you’ve determined the right flooring for your room or home, get in touch with a local flooring contractor to see what your specific project will entail.
National Install Flooring Costs
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Table of Contents
- Flooring Installation Costs
- Hardwood Flooring
- Tile Flooring
- Laminate Flooring
- Vinyl Flooring
- DIY Or Hire A Pro?
- Find A Pro
Flooring Installation Costs
While the average floor installation cost will mostly depend on the type of floor you’re adding, based on 17,000 recent flooring projects, the average cost to install a new floor is approximately $2,300. However, the following indicates the installation cost by floor:
Type of Flooring
Average Installation Cost
Hardwood Flooring Installation Cost
One of the most popular and most attractive flooring options in the home is certainly hardwood. Generally considered to be the most long-lasting and durable flooring option on the market, hardwood can also be quite expensive. However, many homeowners view this as a smart investment for long-term savings. The costs of materials and labor for the installation of hardwood floors will depend substantially on what types of wood are used. Solid planks are harder to install than engineered wood with tongues and grooves, so that could affect overall expenses as well. However, expect to pay roughly $4,000 for 500 square feet of materials, labor and delivery.
Hardwood Flooring Material Costs
Unlike some of the other options, there are numerous kinds of hardwood floors, all coming with their own price points. Given that materials play one of the two biggest roles in your hardwood floor installation cost (the other being labor), it pays to know exactly how much each type costs.
- Red Oak Floors: $2 - $6/sf
- Prefinished Hardwood Floors: $2 - $12/sf
- White Oak Floors: $3 - $6/sf
- Walnut Floors: $4 - $9/sf
- Wide Plank Hardwood Floors: $4 - $13/sf
- Pine Floors: $4 - $6/sf
- Heart Pine Floors: $5 - $25/sf
- Maple Wood Floors: $6 - $14/sf
- Teak Wood Floors: $6 - $18/sf
- Ash Wood Floors: $7 - $18/sf
- Solid Oak Floors: $8 - $14/sf
- Reclaimed Wood Floors: $8 - $11/sf
- Brazilian Cherry Wood Floors: $4 - $9/sf
Hardwood Flooring Advantages
Given current flooring trends, there are plenty of advantages when it comes to hardwood floors. First off, they’re very durable and add value to the home. To be honest, that is why they’re the most expensive flooring option on the market.
Furthermore, wood floors add an updated touch to any room. It gives any room, whether it be the kitchen, living room or bedroom, a clean look that is tough to beat. Finally, wood floors are very easy to maintain and fix should anything happen. They require a lot less maintenance than tile or carpet.
Hardwood Flooring Disadvantages
Of course, every flooring option comes with one or two drawbacks as well. First and foremost, wood floors are expensive. Next, wood floors can get cold when compared to carpet. Of course, tile does the same, but nothing is warmer on the feet than carpet. Finally, wood floors can tricky with pets. As you might expect, they’re not as easy to walk on for dogs or cats and their paws can scratch. Finally, wood floors make rooms louder when compared to carpet.
Tile Flooring Installation Cost
In bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms, tile flooring is a common choice that works well because it’s easy to clean and resistant to moisture. Installing tile may be a DIY task for some ambitious homeowners, but there is a lot of labor involved, as well as materials like a wet saw. To hire professionals, buy ceramic or porcelain tiles and have everything installed beautifully, expect to pay around $2,000.
Tile Flooring Material Costs
Second only to hardwood, there are plenty of tile options on the market. If you’re thinking of turning your flooring installation into a DIY project, the only costs you will incur are materials and time. As such, below are average prices for the most popular types of tile on the market:
- Concrete Tile Floors: $1 - $3/sf
- Clay Tile Floors: $1 - $5/sf
- Ceramic or Porcelain Tile Floors: $1 - $15
- Slate Tile Floors: $2 - $10/sf
- Luxury Vinyl Tile Floors: $2 - $7/sf
- Limestone Tile Floors: $2 - $11
- Linoleum Tile Floors: $3 - $10/sf
- Travertine Tile Floors: $3 - $30/sf
- Painted Ceramic Tile Floors: $4 - $10/sf
- Interlocking Tiles: $5 - $12/sf
- Marble Tile Floors: $5 - $50
- Terrazzo Tile Floors: $20 - $100/sf
Tile Flooring Advantages
As you can see, the prices vary greatly, but fortunately enough, that gives you many options when it comes to selecting the best tile for your home. But besides its versatility, there are other benefits that come with tile floors.
Tile floors, much like hardwood, require little maintenance. You certainly have to clean them when you can, but they don’t require nearly as much cleaning as carpet. In addition, tile floors can take a beating. In fact, that is why almost all bathrooms have tile floors. They can withstand the heat and humidity that comes with long hot showers without cracking or separating. In addition, if you do need to repair your tile floors, it’s a relatively easy DIY project.
Finally, if you go with an expensive tile, like terrazzo, it will certainly add to the value of your home.
Tile Flooring Disadvantages
Unless you blast the heat, your tile floors will be cold in the winter and parts of spring and fall. The only way around this is to add radiant heating flooring. Another disadvantage is that tile amplifies noise and is very slippery when wet. If you spill, you better clean it up right away.
Laminate Flooring Installation Cost
Laminate is another affordable flooring choice that is easy to clean and incredibly versatile. It’s available in many different colors, and it can be more comfortable to stand on than porcelain or ceramic tile. Installation is not a time-consuming process, but most homeowners are better off leaving it to flooring professionals. Expect to pay roughly $2,344 for 500 square feet of material as well as installation in a single room.
Laminate Flooring Material Costs
While there are not many different kinds of laminate, the types available can look like many variations of wood, tile or stone floors. The cost, color and need for subfloors and trims will largely depend on the manufacturer and your flooring contractor. Nonetheless, the average material costs are as follows:
Laminate Flooring Advantages
To no surprise, the biggest benefit of laminate floors is the price. In fact, if you had to pick the best imposter floor, it would be laminate. Most of the time, if you install laminate that looks like hardwood, no one would notice.
In addition, you can install laminate floors on top of your existing floors, eliminating removal costs you would get with hardwood or tile. This of course reduces the price and limits the installation time. As you can see, many laminate flooring perks revolve around price.
Laminate Flooring Disadvantages
Unlike tile or hardwood, laminate flooring can not stay wet for too long. Since the flooring itself is very thin, it’s prone to swell if too much water gets underneath the surface. If damaged, or if you change your mind on color, sadly, laminate can not be restained or sanded.
Finally, it’d widely known that laminate costs less than other flooring options. As such, potential homebuyers may look down on your flooring choice or bid less compared to a house with hardwood flooring.
Vinyl Flooring Installation Cost
If you really want to save money, opt for vinyl or linoleum floors. While the average installation cost is $3/sf, the maximum you will pay is $5/sf. In fact, we have seen homeowners take care of this DIY project for as little as $400 total. When purchasing, make sure you ask about the grades. The lower the grade, the more durable your vinyl or linoleum floor will be.
Vinyl Flooring Material Costs
Just like laminate, there are not many kinds of vinyl or linoleum, but the final material price will largely depend on the grade you pick.
Vinyl Flooring Advantages
Vinyl or linoleum floors are cheaper than any other option on the market. While they do not last as long as hardwood, you could afford to install and replace vinyl floors two or three times before equaling the cost of hardwood flooring installation.
Vinyl, on the other hand, comes from petroleum, which is completely synthetic and non-renewable. The petroleum base makes vinyl completely waterproof. This is why vinyl is popular on second stories and in kitchens and bathrooms.
Vinyl Flooring Disadvantages
Vinyl flooring is cheap to install, but that does not mean it is easy. Like most flooring options, vinyl needs a smooth subfloor, driving up the installation time. Unless you hire a flooring pro to install your floors, this may take a few days.
While vinyl is waterproof, linoleum is not. Adding to the installation cost, linoleum floors need to be sealed right away and every few years, adding to your maintenance schedule and budget.
Carpet Installation Cost
Carpeting adds a warm and welcoming air to any space, and for that reason, it is incredibly popular in many homes. The price of carpet can fluctuate substantially depending on the quality of the material, so it can be hard to pin down the exact price. Installation is also tricky because many companies include installation in the cost of the carpet. On average, expect to pay $2,969 for 500 square feet of medium-quality carpet and installation labor.
Carpet Material Costs
While many look the same, you have plenty of variety when it comes to carpet. Whether dark and durable or light and soft, there is a carpet out there perfect for your room and budget:
- Carpet Tiles: $1 - $4/sf
- Berber Carpet: $1 - $10/sf
- Frieze Carpet: $2 - $4/sf
- Commercial Carpet: $2 - $7/sf
- Olefin Carpet: $9 - $12/sf
- Carpet Padding: $3 - $4/sy
- Stainmaster Carpet: $3 - $15/sy
- Nylon Carpet: $15 - $45/sy
- Plush Carpet: $610 - $780
- Indoor Outdoor Carpet: $150 - $980
There is no warmer form of flooring on the market than carpet. There’s nothing like waking up and stepping out of bed on warm carpet. Fortunately, most carpets bring other advantages as well.
Carpets are easy to maintain as most of the time, a good vacuuming job will do the trick. In addition, as you saw above, certain carpets are stain resistant. They provide good insulation compared to tile and is a much quieter flooring option than hardwood.
Sadly, when a carpet gets dirty, it’s very noticeable. In fact, if you do not clean your carpet often, you could accumulate mold. That is why you should professionally clean your carpet once a year.
In addition to frequent cleaning, carpets can smell at times and completely ruin if you experience a flood. While you can replace it, the carpet is ruined once standing water hits it.
Bamboo Installation Cost
In recent years, bamboo flooring has become an increasingly popular flooring option for the home. In many ways resembling a more traditional hardwood, bamboo grows quickly, is more affordable and is considered to be much better for the environment. Thanks to lower material costs overall, the average price for delivery, materials and installation of 500 square feet of bamboo flooring is typically $3,651.
Bamboo Material Costs
With the look, feel and durability of hardwood at a fraction of the cost, it should come as no surprise that so many homeowners gravitate toward this affordable flooring material. Despite the fact that bamboo is a renewable resource, the material cost of bamboo flooring is between $2 and $7/sf.
First and foremost, bamboo is a renewable resource. To many surprise, bamboo is a grass, not a wood, so it grows much faster. When it comes to green building, no material is better than bamboo.
Perhaps the biggest advantage is how strong bamboo is. Bamboo is denser than many hardwoods, making it one of the most durable options on the market. Finally, much like laminate, few people can tell the difference between bamboo and hardwood floors.
There are a few disadvantages of bamboo as well. For one, it is not the cheapest option on the market. Second, low-quality bamboo, much like any type of flooring, is not as durable as others. Cheap bamboo could contain formaldehyde, so all in all, you get what you pay for when it comes to bamboo.
DIY Or Hire A Pro?
Once you finally choose a flooring material for your room, you have to decide how you’re going to install it. More often than not, it depends on the size of the room and material. For example, many homeowners take a stab at installing tile floors in a smaller room, but leave hardwood flooring installation to the pros.
Nonetheless, we admire all those who step up to the challenge and install their own floors. To help you out, please see Installing Wood Floors In Your Home. Then again, it won’t hurt your pride if you contact a flooring professional.
Find A Pro
With all the costs and options out of the way, you’re ready to install your brand new floors. To ensure the best end product, we highlight recommend you find a local flooring installation pro. Luckily, ImproveNet can do just that free of charge.
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Last updated on May 22, 2017