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Cost of carpet vs. laminate flooring

In terms of cost, laminate flooring and carpeting are generally the same with only minor exceptions. There are several considerations consumers should be aware of before committing to a carpet or laminate flooring installation project.

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Laminate flooring materials can cost anywhere between 60p and £3 per square foot, according to Armstrong.com. CostHelper.com claims that carpet can cost between £1.30 and £7 per square foot, as of March 2010.


It can cost anywhere between 60p and £3 to have laminate flooring professionally installed, according to Armstrong.com. Professionally installing carpeting can cost the consumer a little under 60p per square foot.


Laminate flooring can last much longer than carpeting. OaklandWoodFloors.com claims that laminate flooring can last for over 30 years, while carpeting may need to be replaced four to five times within a 30-year period.


Carpeting demands much more than laminate flooring in terms of maintenance costs. Unlike laminate flooring, carpeting needs to be vacuumed and shampooed regularly to avoid dust mites, mould and mildew growth.

Other Costs

Thicker gauged laminate flooring costs more than thinner laminate flooring. Some laminate flooring is equipped with an underlayment which can cost an extra 60p to £1.30 per square foot, claims Armstrong.com. Padding for under carpeting can cost between £1.30 and $6 per square foot, according to CostHelper.com.

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Jay Leone
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