Can these vinyl flooring prices be correct?

Answered by Jeffrey Anderson ~ April 13, 2013 ~ No Comments

I appreciated his article until I saw Jeffrey's estimate for installing vinyl flooring with material. I have been in the flooring business for 63 years and have never seen a vinyl floor at $72 to $144 per sq yd! Installation, even with removal of old material, new underlayment, prep and very high priced sheet vinyl would be $3 - $5 per sq ft. The average sale nationally is probably closer to $3.50 with material and labor. In fact, the advent of "loose-lay" vinyl has eliminated much of the expensive preparation expense.

Mel -- Indianapolis, IN

Jeffrey Anderson

Mel, thanks for your input … it's always good to hear from a fellow construction professional. I'm not sure which answer you're referring to or if any out-of-the-ordinary floor preparation issues were involved, but $72 to $144 per square yard for vinyl flooring definitely sounds a little high. However, as I'm sure you know, there are many types of vinyl flooring and some can be fairly expensive. If the existing sub-floor needed to be replaced, that could have also added quite a bit of cost to the project.

I often don't know what area of the country my questions come from so usually get my prices from the R.S. Means Repair & Remodeling Cost Data guidebook. While not as good as getting estimates from local contractors who can actually visit the jobsite, the guidebook is normally fairly accurate. I have used it for estimating help on all types of projects over the years and have been very happy with the results.

The 2010-2011 edition estimates that vinyl composition tile that's 1/8 inch thick should be in the $3 to $7 per square foot range for materials and installation. The cost for adhesive and floor preparation would be extra. Their estimate for vinyl sheet goods ranges from $6 to $9 per square foot for material and labor.

These prices are several years old so would need to be adjusted slightly for any increases that recently took place. As they are national averages, the ranges might also need to be adjusted for regional pricing differences.

Even so, the most expensive sheet goods at $81 per square yard is well below the $144 you mentioned that I quoted in the previous answer. It's possible that my vinyl flooring price was a little high -- it wouldn't be the first time -- or there was some sort of floor preparation issue involved that I felt justified the higher estimate. Thanks for your help ... I welcome input from other experienced construction professionals.

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