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What's the average cost for vinyl flooring?

Answered by Jeffrey Anderson ~ March 8, 2013 ~ No Comments » | Respond to this question

What is the average cost to have vinyl flooring purchased and installed? We received a quote of $2,300 for 451.07 sq. ft., but that does not include pulling up the existing flooring and putting down plywood. Is this a fair price?

Jeffrey Anderson

There are a lot of variables that can affect the cost of your vinyl flooring with the two largest being the type of flooring you choose and the difficulty of the installation. Vinyl flooring ranges from 12-by12-inch tiles that can be budget-friendly to highly decorative sheet goods that may be more expensive than some types of carpet.

According to the R.S. Means Repair & Remodeling Cost Data guidebook, a good price range for vinyl tiles might be $.92 to $5.00 per square foot. The wide range is due to the various thicknesses available from flooring manufacturers. A 1/16-inch thick tile is very budget-friendly, but may not have the durability of selections that are 3/32- or 1/8-inch thick.

Pricing is just as varied for sheet goods and while thickness is a factor, the costs can also be affected by pattern complexity. The guidebook estimates that sheet goods can cost from $3.50 to $6.50 per square foot. Pricing may vary by manufacturer and locality.

Your labor price for installation is determined by the difficulty in working with a particular material and also by the room configuration. A simple rectangular or square room without any obstacles should take much less time to do than a space with numerous corners and angles. If the installers need to move appliances or furniture, they may charge for additional labor.

The R.S. Means guidebook estimates that labor to install vinyl tiles should range from $.63 to $.80 per square foot. If you're planning on vinyl sheet goods, an estimate for labor might be $1.26 to $1.60 per square foot. Adhesive for the vinyl would also be a cost, but that shouldn't add too much to your total.

As you can see, your quoted price falls into the range the guidebook estimates for a vinyl floor installation. However, whether it's a good price is dependent on the type of vinyl being installed and the room configuration. The best method for ensuring your price is fair is to have at least one more contractor provide an estimate for the project using the same material.

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