You should budget laminate flooring installation cost before deciding to buy and install laminate flooring, and for this you must know the latest laminate floor pricing, installation cost and method of calculating cost. However, laminate floors are multi layered floor that imitates the looks of hardwood with a pretty good number of benefits starting from higher longevity, stain resistance, easy installation to reasonable cost. Cost of installing laminates depends on few factors described below.
- 1 Cost According to Wood Type
- 2 Cost According to Brands
- 3 Cost According to Thickness
- 4 Cost According to Underlayment
- 5 Cost According to Abrasion (Ac) Rating
- 6 Cost of Molding and Trims
- 7 Laminate flooring Installation Cost
- 8 Labor Cost
- 9 Installing On Existing Floors Cost
- 10 Extra Charges
- 11 Cost According to Texture
- 12 Cost According to Finish
- 13 Some Special Consideration for Budgeting Laminate Flooring Cost
Cost According to Wood Type
Type of the laminate impacts the price of laminate floors. If you wish to buy oak or maple you will have to invest $0.69 per square feet. For walnut, you will need $ 0.89 per square feet. For cheery, beech and acacia the price ranges from $ 0.69 – $ 1.20 per square feet. And the most expensive ones, elm and hickory, their price ranges from $ 1.59 – $ 2.50 per square feet.
Chart Laminate Flooring Cost Per Square Foot by Wood Type
|Type||Price Per Sq. Ft.||Est Installation Cost Per Sq. Ft.||Total Cost||Color||Grain|
|Cherry||$0.69-$1.20||$4 - $6||$4.69-$7.20||Dark red-brown||Linear flowing grain with small knots|
|Red Oak||$0.69||$2 - $6||$2.69-6.69||Medium brown||Heavy grain with slight variations in pattern|
|Walnut||$0.89||$2 - $6||$2.89-$6.89||Chocolate & white hues||Heavy & thick grain|
|White Oak||$0.69||$2 - $6||$2.69-$6.69||Gray & gold brown||Linear & smooth grain|
|Maple||$0.69||$2 - $6||$2.69-$6.69||Red gold, off white & white||Swirling long drawn grain mixed with lighter grain|
|Hickory||$1.59-$2.50||$6 - $8||$7.59-$10.50||Red brown & tans||Thick grain and intricate looping patterns|
|Beech||$0.69-$1.20||$4 - $6||$4.69-$7.20||Slightly Pink & light tan||Fine grain which can be placed together seamlessly|
|Acadia||$0.69-$1.20||$4 - $6||$4.69-$7.20||Dark & light brown||Deep contrasting grain|
Cost According to Brands
Brands highly fluctuates the price of laminate floors. It is also depended whether you seek for the basic pattern or premium pattern. Better brands and premium patterns charges more. To install laminate floors from Pergo with basic pattern, you will encounter a price ranging from $ 2.15 – $ 3.60 per square feet, with premium pattern ranging from $ 3.95 – $ 5.20 per square feet.
For Armstrong prices for basic pattern ranges from $ 1.45 – $ 2.70 per square feet and $ 3.10 – $ 4.40 per square feet for premium pattern. For Bruce, basic pattern ranges from $ 1.55 – $ 2.60 per square feet and $ 2.80 -$ 4.30 per square feet for premium pattern. Price of basic pattern from Mohawk brand ranges from $ 1.40 -$ 3.00 per square feet with $ 3.30 -$ 4.25 per square feet for premium pattern. Shaw and Quickstep too are very much reliable brands and falls under top 10 categories with their prices being relatively cheaper and reasonable. Shaw costs $ 1.00 -$ 2.75 per square feet for their basic pattern and $ 3.15 – $ 4.50 per square feet for premium patter. Whereas Quickstep costs $ 0.95 – $ 2.60 per square feet and $ 2.80 -$ 4.50 per square feet for basic and premium pattern respectively.
Chart of Laminate Flooring Cost Per Sq. Ft. By Brand
|Brand||Basic Price Per Sq. Ft.||Premium Price Per Sq. Ft.|
Cost According to Thickness
You can be facilitated with different level of thickness by laminate flooring. Thickness varies from 6mm to 12mm. As the thickness of laminate planks increases average cost of the whole product also increases. For a 6mm laminate the cost is $ 1.59 per square feet, for an 8mm laminate it is $ 1.79 per square feet, for a 10mm laminate, it is $ 1.99 per square feet and for 12mm laminate the cost is $ 2.29 per square feet.
Cost According to Underlayment
Not all laminate floors have built-in underlayment attached to it. Some requires separate underlayment or foam padding that will absorb the sound made while walking on it, will even the subfloor and will provide a sort of cushioning. Foam padding costs $ 30.00 per roll. If you wish to install laminate floors in areas with high moisture content you will need an underlayment with built in moisture barrier that will cost you around $ 35.00 per roll. Moisture barrier is important for you to put up because it can absorb the moisture and prevent you floor from warping up. You can buy floors that has underlayment attached to it, however, it will cost more. It is estimated that to install underlayment for 125 square feet, the starting cost ranges from $ 2.95 – $ 4.57 per square feet.
Cost According to Abrasion (Ac) Rating
Abrasion Cost (AC) Rating is used to represent the durability of the laminate floors which ranges from 1 to 5. The higher the AC rating, the higher the durability. Thus the higher the price of the laminate floor. The AC rating will give you an idea where you can install your laminate floors. Highly trafficked places will need laminate floors with a higher AC rating.
Cost of Molding and Trims
Molds and trims enhances the finish of your laminate floor. However, the cost of molding and trims depend of its type. Quarter round molding costs $ 0.99 – $ 2.99 per square feet. It fills up the space of the meeting point of wall and floor. Threshold molding costs from $ 3.25 – $ 6.99 per square feet. It gives a finishing to the floor where it meets the carpet. T-Molding costs around $ 3.49 – $ 5.59 per square feet. It gives a finishing between the spaces of the floor and laminate floor. Flush stair nose costs around $ 4.49 – $ 6.49 per square feet. It is used in stairs, landings and step downs. Last is the Step nose which costs somewhat $ 4.95 – $ 9.99 per square feet. Like the name suggests, it is used when there is a step or landing.
Laminate flooring Installation Cost
Installing laminate floor requires $ 2 – $ 8 per square feet. It includes any extra materials like glue or adhesives needed.
You need to consider labor cost if you hire any professional carpenter to set up laminate floors in your room. You can hire a contractor either on hourly basis or per project basis. If you do it all by yourself then you will be able to save cost. But it is important for you to know how the installation process and do according to the installation guide. Just to save labor cost, do not do it all by yourself without the proper knowledge of DIY. You might need twice the cost if you mess it up.
Installing On Existing Floors Cost
It is possible to install laminate floor over the existing floors. But you need to remove or level the subfloor, that it, you must remove all the dusts, debris, adhesives and all other materials from the subfloor. Or else there will be higher chances to bumps and cracks once you install laminate floor over it. The cost of removing the old flooring of 200 square feet floor will be around $ 400. And if you hire any carpenter, the charge might increase as it is usually seen professional carpenters charging $ 70 per hour.
You can install Radiant floor heating to keep your floors warm. You can install them in places like bathrooms, kitchens and mudrooms. It also enhances your laminate floors. However, installing radiant floor heating ids very expensive and you cannot install it on your own. You will need a professional. It is noted that it costs around $ 3.00 per square feet.
Cost According to Texture
Laminate floors offer wide range of textures from where you can choose. And the price varies accordingly. For an Embossed texture will you need around $ 1.79 – $ 2.99 per square feet. You will need $ 1.89 – $ 3.99 per square feet for an embossed in register (EIR) texture. For and Hand scraped texture you will need $ 2.99 – $ 5.99 per square feet. But why is the texture important? Embossed texture gives you an overall textures, EIR texture gives you the natural look of hardwood and Hand scraped texture gives the laminate a resemblance to hand scraped hardwood floor.
Cost According to Finish
The right finish can make you laminate floor an authentic touch. However, the price of all types of finishing is almost the same. It will more or less charge $ 100 extra. Gloss finish will give your floor a glossy finish. If you want to dumbfound the visitors you can give a gloss finish as it stands out from the rest. Matt finish gives your floor a matt vibe and wood finish gives your floor a timber-ish feel.
Some Special Consideration for Budgeting Laminate Flooring Cost
⇒Remove all carpeting and other flooring that covers your hardwood floors in order to minimize refinishing cost, before hiring a professional. You can easily remove sheet flooring, carpeting and pads, which is more labor intensive in case of installing tiles.
⇒Use glue on laminate flooring in high traffic areas and where the possibility of spills of liquid is high. You will find it very effective in making your laminate flooring water-resistant and strengthening the floor installation.
⇒Hire an insured and licensed professional in order to complete the installation process perfectly and avoid any unwanted hazards.
⇒Purchase 5%-15% more underlayment and flooring than you need because you might need extra pieces on installation or if any pieces got damaged.
⇒Perfectly level the subfloor. Do not install laminate flooring over a poor or old subfloor because it can create flooring and noise issues. Let the laminate flooring acclimate to your room, 2-4 days before installation.
⇒Do not install laminate flooring in high humidity areas like bathroom, sauna and laundry. With fluctuating humidity, laminate floors will expand and push against each other, which will cause bulges and ridges in the floor.
⇒A house with laminate flooring has a smaller resale value than a house with real wood flooring. However, most of the laminate flooring come with 30 years residential warranty and you can easily install and maintain laminate flooring.
In a nutshell, you should budget at least three estimate laminate flooring cost because you may need to deal with price hikes, and with wrong professional or company who might charge you more than they should.