Laminate flooring is getting more and more popular.
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Laminate Floor Cost Calculator
Below is our simple laminate floor cost calculator that gives you an approximate cost estimate for how much laminate flooring will cost for your room or rooms.
Disclaimer: The calculator is meant to be used as a rough guideline. The actual cost may be higher or lower depending on many variables. Labor costs vary by region. The cost estimate provided is not a quote for services; we do not provide services, broker services or sell services.
Floor Type Popularity Chart
The chart below may surprise you. The floor data surprised me. I thought hardwood would be the flooring type most in demand, but it’s not. In fact, hardwood is 4th – after laminate, carpet and vinyl. The reason is simple – hardwood costs quite a bit more than laminate and vinyl. As for carpet, there are distinct benefits to carpeting that the other flooring options don’t offer (I particularly like carpeting in bedrooms and basements).
What determines the cost of laminate flooring?
Several factors go into the cost of laminate flooring. They include the following:
If you want scratch and/or water resistant it costs more. These are good features to get and are a big benefit of laminate over hardwood – it’s tough and durable nature.
Thickness is a huge determinator of the cost. The thicker the laminate, the more expensive it is. Thickness ranges from 5 mm to 11+ mm.
If you go with commercial grade (AC4), it will cost more than residential grade (AC3).
To a certain extent, plank width can impact price. Typically wider will cost more per square foot (but not always). This is a weak cost factor, but there is some correlation between width and cost.
Installation typically costs more in urban areas where the cost of living is more expensive. This is particularly true in high-cost regions such as the Northeast and Westcoast of the United States.
Laminate vs. Hardwood vs. Carpet Cost
To give you an approximate difference in the costs among laminate vs. hardwood, below are some example comparisons.
The following comparison is based on mid-grade installed by professionals.
- Laminate: $4,000
- Oak Hardwood: $6,000
- Maple Hardwood: $9,000
- Cherry Hardwood: $6,000
- Pine Wood: $4,500
- Teak Hardwood: $10,000