Laminate floors are highly durable but require little maintenance, making them a fair choice for homeowners. Realistic laminate flooring resembles hardwood floors but without the high cost of wood. The average cost of laying laminate flooring depends on a number of factors, including the type of laminate used, the amount of space in your home, and other minor issues.
The average cost of laminate floor installation begins with the laminate flooring itself. Typically sold on a square footage basis, it ranges in price from 90 cents to over £4 per square foot. Thinner laminate flooring is the most inexpensive option available. The flooring pieces are 7mm or less in terms of thickness. Thicker laminate flooring has a more realistic look and resembles hardwood flooring, which is why it's so much more expensive. The laminate pieces are up to 12mm thick. According to Cost Helper, a consumer information website, expect to pay up to £3 per square foot in additional costs to cover installation of the laminate. That puts the cost of laying laminate flooring at up to £7 per square foot. Cost Helper estimates a cost of up to £3,250 for the materials and installation of laminate floors in a 400-square-foot room.
Included in Cost
When you pay a professional to install and lay the laminate flooring in your home, the installation expert should include the right tools for the job. The cost of adhesive should also be included in the overall cost. With some types of laminate flooring, an adhesive backing comes standard on the pieces. The installer moistens the dried adhesive, making it adhere to the floors.
Before you add laminate flooring to your home, prepare the existing flooring in the room. The existing flooring must be removed, including any type of tile, carpeting, linoleum, or hardwood. If you do the job yourself and tear up or remove the flooring, you'll save a large amount on the overall cost of the job.
Beware of hidden costs before you sign a contract for the installation. Some companies charge additional fees for doing things you can do on your own, including removing furniture from the room. The company may also charge an additional fee to return the furniture to the room later. You may also pay a fee to prep the sub-flooring or flooring beneath the laminate floors, especially if the flooring is damaged.