How much does laminate flooring cost ?

Flooring styles come and go just like any fashion, however, laminate wooden flooring is a timeless classic, looks good in any home and matches a wide variety of furniture styles and wall colors. A wide variety of laminate wood from white pine to chocolate colored hardwood offers homeowners the chance to easily coordinate with existing home color schemes. Best of all, laminate flooring costs won’t burn a hole in your wallet as it is one of the most cost effective flooring options. It is also one of the most environmentally friendly choices you can make when it comes to floor covering as it is manufactured using reconstituted wood mixed with a special resin, it does not involve the cutting down of any rare trees, and it also requires zero maintenance.

Laminate flooring costs.

There are basically two factors which will affect the overall cost of installing laminate flooring. The condition of the existing floor area where the laminate flooring is to be laid could influence costs, in terms of how much preparation work is required before the laminate flooring can be laid. Typically old tiles or floor coverings will have to be removed. If the floor is concrete then any irregularities will have to be treated before laying can begin. The second factor is your choice of laminate flooring as there are many different styles and wood types to choose from and costs per square foot can vary depending on the type of wood and level of finish. Laminate flooring installation costs, which would normally include the preparation work required, will vary depending on the complexity of the job, any special requirements such as stairs or awkward areas to be covered and whether or not baseboards or other moldings are to be replaced.

Laminate flooring costs per square foot.

Popular laminate flooring options include pine and rosewood. These can range from $1.99 for a bottom end 8.3mm wood laminate to $6.99 for a 12.3mm 'hand scraped' top end choice, per square foot and this will normally include installation including any underlayment, moisture barriers, moldings, and carpet removal/disposal. Any extensive pre-laying prep work may be additional and need to be carried out in advance of laying.

Breakdown of laminate flooring costs.

Laminate strips or tiles can range from $0.69 to around $4.00 per square foot typically, depending on which you choose and the thickness of it. Underlayment normally costs from $0.10 to $0.40 per square foot, depending on the exact type. There are various moisture resistant and noise absorbing options, especially good for apartments, available for underlayment and you should consider your needs when choosing. Transition trim pieces should cost around $3.00 to $5.00 per linear foot depending on the style. Baseboards or molding could cost anywhere from $0.69 to $4.00 per liner foot depending on depth and styling. Labor should be in the range of $0.50 to $4.00 per square foot and will vary depending on your geographic location.

Laminate flooring really is an excellent flooring solution. Not only is it cost effective and environmentally friendly, but it also offers low maintenance, only requiring normal cleaning with a damp cloth or mop, and is extremely durable. Once installed, you can sit back and forget about it.

Before deciding to go ahead with your laminate flooring project, get some quotes for laminate flooring costs from local tradesmen, based on your own particular needs, and compare what they are offering to make sure you get the best deal possible.

To get a better idea of costs, here are some laminate flooring estimates from professionals.

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