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Vinyl flooring is exceptionally adaptable, flexible and suitable for rooms of all shapes, sizes, and budgets. It’s easy to install too and comes in a range of different designs. You might decide to go for a wooden effect vinyl floor, for example, or look to something more stone-influenced, like a marble or tile effect.
One of the biggest questions asked by our customers is: How much does it cost to install vinyl flooring? The truth is it can be hard to give an answer. While vinyl is a simple and easy DIY floor material to put down – and far cheaper than, say, stone tiling – there is still a broad range of different types of vinyl available to buy.
With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the average cost of installing vinyl flooring, and explore some of the prices you might expect to pay for installation, maintenance, and repair.
Initial costs of vinyl flooring install
As you can imagine, the costs of installing a brand new vinyl floor can vary wildly – but ultimately, they offer fantastic value.
Vinyl flooring comes in large sheets – tending to be in widths of 6’ or 12’ – or in small, square tiles – usually sized between 12”x 12” and 18” x 18”. You then need to work out whether you want to choose between vinyl material that comes with a durable adhesive backing or buy your flooring plain, which requires you to apply your own adhesive mix before you lay it onto the floor.
The design of the vinyl also has a price attached – the more intricate the design, the more it is likely to cost. Ultimately, the longer it takes to produce the final product, the more you will pay per square footage. And finally, there is an extra cost added if you decide to get cushioned vinyl or install luxury vinyl tiles, which often need individual placement but are exceptionally comfortable underfoot.
Other cost considerations
However, the cost issue is still not fully explained by the type, size or design of the vinyl floor. You’ll also need to consider how easy it is to lay on the floor – does your room contain a lot of pipes, drains, and cabinetry that needs to be cut around, for example? This issue is also relevant if you plan on laying your own flooring to save costs. It is possible, of course, but you need to consider whether or not you have the skills, tools, and accuracy to pull off the job to perfection. If not, then you need to think about labor costs to pay the installer.
Once you have decided on your tiles and whether you need a professional installer, you’ll then need to think about ‘clearing the decks’ for the team to get to work. You can either go down the DIY route, or you might have to pay for the removal of your old flooring, the furniture you have in your home or room, and delivery charges. Once all this is added up, you will have your final labor costs and a good indication of the job’s estimate.
So, how much will your vinyl flooring install cost? Well, let’s say you choose something from the middle range of the vinyl flooring offered by Empire Floors. And let’s also assume you are laying the floors in a room size of 200 square feet. In this case, the cost to you would be somewhere in the region of $670 for flooring and labor costs.
However, this price assumes that clear the floor yourself – it will rise accordingly depending on whether or not you expect the contractor to remove furniture, flooring, and delivery.
There is also a difference in price for labor according to where you live. While all of our contractors are vetted and researched thoroughly, the simple truth is that the labor costs of vinyl flooring installation costs can vary greatly by region – and sometimes even by zip code.
You can expect to pay anything up to 40 percent on top of the average labor cost. For example, in Cypress, Texas, you’ll pay an average of 6 percent on top of the average, which would work out at over $710 for the complete install. Whereas, in a bustling, busy city like Chicago where prices are higher, you can expect to pay an extra 40 percent – which works out at $938 for the install.
Don’t forget, these costs are just for materials and direct labor for the install – they do not include the ‘extra’ costs. Now, let’s take a look at what those extra costs might be – and why you might have to pay them.
The ‘extra’ costs of laying vinyl flooring
As we discussed above, there could be extra costs applicable to your vinyl flooring installation. These include, but are not limited to, furniture removal or replacement, charges associated with taking up and removing older flooring, or delivery and complete installation.
It’s important to understand that if you decide to pay for such additional services, the fees will go up – quite dramatically, in certain cases – and you will pay more per square foot. In fact, doing all these little tasks yourself could save you a significant amount of money.
However, there are also costs attached to your installation based on the existing condition of your flooring, the type of material and flooring you choose, and your choice of additional materials. Here is a rundown of how these additional extras soon add up to a lot of money.
When you lay a new floor, it needs to be level. And this means that your existing subfloor needs to be looked at and attended to bring it up to scratch. If your plywood needs replacing, the typical costs would be an additional $22 per 4’ x 8’ board – and you may need the entire floor raised. In a room with a length of 20 linear feet, this would cost you somewhere in the region of an extra $132.
Installation of the new flooring:
As we discussed earlier, the costs of laying your floor are largely dependent on the type of material you choose. While the average vinyl floor option prices at $670 for your 200 square feet home, there can still be big differences in cost between the type of tiling you choose. To explain this further, let’s assume you like a particular style and want to take the sheet flooring option – you might pay $4.99 per square foot or an overall price of $890. But what if you decide to go for the same material and style but choose the tile option? As you will find out, square tiles are cheaper than sheet flooring, and could cost as little as $3 per square foot – so your overall cost of installation would be $540.
Finally, let’s take a closer look at some of the additional materials you might want to use. In many cases, customers choose what we call an ‘underlayment’ to provide a simple, intuitive grid pattern you can use to install tiles accurately. There’s also the cost of adhesive sprays or tabs if you don’t buy tiles of sheets that already have an adhesive backing. You might need to pay for sealants, too, as well as cleansers. When you buy a new vinyl floor, most manufacturers will insist that you use their own or recommended sealant to ensure the best results. The price for these sealants should be around $20 per container – or less.
The cost of maintenance
The good news about vinyl flooring is that not only are they exceptionally affordable, they are also incredibly low-maintenance. It doesn’t require a lot of specialist equipment, fluids or effort to keep in good condition – regular cleaning with a brush and a damp mop is usually enough to give it some sparkle.
However, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your new vinyl flooring lasts a long time and gives you the most bang for your buck. First of all, it’s worth investing in the type of sealant that we discussed above – it will guarantee a higher level of resistance and protection against dirt and marks appearing on your vinyl floor.
Also, avoid wearing high-heeled shoes on your new vinyl floor, as you will find that you leave pockmarks that can attract dirt and leave a messy-looking finish.
Finally, if you are using your vinyl flooring in an area that has a high volume of traffic, it’s sometimes sensible to use a mat or rug in those specific areas. Not only will it protect your flooring from looking uneven after a while, but it will also protect its color, finish, and thickness.
Ultimately, the maintenance costs of a vinyl flooring installation are minimal, both on your time and your money, and it’s a fantastic option for anyone that leads a busy lifestyle.
The cost of vinyl installation repair
One of the enduring appeals of vinyl flooring is that it is exceptionally hard wearing and durable. It’s also water-resistant, and as long as the installation has been done correctly you won’t suffer any damp issues occurring. It’s why vinyl is such a popular material for bathrooms and kitchens.
That said, although as tough as nails, your vinyl floor is not invincible. There are a few things that can damage your floor, such as dragging heavy furniture over your tiles or sheets or using unsuitable footwear. While damage isn’t a certainty, doing these things will make it more likely, and there may be a time when you need to consider repairing your floor.
The cost attached to a vinyl floor repair can be difficult to ascertain without inspecting the damage first. However, as a rule, the following can be taken as a basic guideline:
Vinyl sheets will need to be completely replaced, per room. If you tear or damage any area – no matter how small – you will need to buy the full sheet, and there is no getting around it. However, given the cost of vinyl is incredibly low, this isn’t as much of a financial headache as you might expect.
If you opt for the tile option, then you are even luckier. You will only need to take out the torn or damaged tiles and replace them with brand new ones.
The good news about vinyl flooring is that the reality is these types of events are rare. At the end of the day, vinyl flooring installation is perfect for all kinds of homes and buildings, from family houses through to commercial areas. If you are looking for a hard-wearing, durable and stylish flooring option, vinyl is a perfect choice and is resistant to many of the typical problems that almost all flooring types tend to share.
Want to find out precise costs?
OK, so if you think a vinyl flooring installation might just be for you, why not get in touch with Empire Flooring for an accurate quote? With years of experience behind us, we are known for taking the stress out of remodeling any floor in your home, office or business property. And if you need help choosing the right material at the right price for your budget, we are here to help.
We’ll arrange a consultation with you, and ensure one of our chosen contractors contacts you to set up a time that is convenient. Then, it’s a simple case of our contractors advising you on the type of flooring you want, any recommendations we might make, and waiting for a prompt quote that will cover the price of the job.
If you want a beautiful, durable and stylish vinyl floor installation, make sure you get in touch with a trusted flooring contractor. Not only will they ensure your install happens without a hitch or problem, but they’ll also supply you with the knowledge you need to care for your flooring for many years to come. Drop them a line – their advisors are waiting for your call, email or message!
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