When you want the look of hardwood without the hefty price tag that comes along with it, luxury vinyl flooring is a great wood-look alternative. But how much is it going to cost you to install vinyl flooring in your home? We’ve put together a helpful guide to help you learn about the different flooring costs of vinyl flooring, luxury vinyl tile, and luxury vinyl plank.
Ultimately, the total installation cost will vary depending on your specific vinyl flooring choice, the square footage of the space, and your local market. The national average cost for 200 sq. ft. is as follows:
- Average cost: $900
- Low-end cost: $700
- High-end cost: $1,500
To help you make a well-informed decision as you receive quotes and estimates from local flooring companies, we’ve broken down the average installation costs for vinyl flooring, luxury vinyl tile, and luxury plank installation.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring Installation Cost
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all cost when it comes to luxury vinyl flooring installation. The price you pay for installation is going to depend on a few different factors:
- Type of vinyl flooring
- Your location
- Amount of required labor
- Disposal of old flooring
Without getting estimates from your local flooring company, you can only guesstimate how much installing vinyl flooring will cost you based on the factors above. In most instances, you can expect installation costs to account for 20% to 50% of the total flooring costs.
Luxury Vinyl Tile Installation Cost
The cost to install luxury vinyl tile can range anywhere from $1/sqft to $3/sqft. Ultimately, your installation costs will come down to the type of luxury vinyl tile you purchase and your specific market.
There are additional costs that might need to be factored in if there are any specific elements in the space that make installation more difficult or add more time to the job. Similarly, the cost might go up if the flooring has a specific pattern that takes extra time to properly lay.
Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring Installation Cost
The best way to get an accurate estimate for installation costs is to reach out to professional installers in your specific area. Their company websites often have pricing calculators that enable you to better understand what they charge — and what is or is not included in their services.
For professional installation of luxury vinyl plank flooring, you should expect to pay anywhere between $1 and $5 per square foot. When choosing a professional installer, it’s important to understand what is included in your installation costs, otherwise, you’ll need to factor in additional costs for disposal of your original flooring.
Cost to Remove Flooring
Before you can install your new luxury vinyl floor, you need to properly remove and dispose of your existing flooring. Although removing flooring might seem relatively straightforward, it’s a job that is best left for a professional for a few reasons, the most important being asbestos. Depending on how your existing flooring was applied to the subfloor, there might be asbestos which can be a health hazard if it is released into the air. A professional flooring company has the knowledge and the know-how to properly remove the flooring without releasing harmful asbestos into the air of your home.
While the cost of flooring removal will vary depending on the floor type and your location, the average cost falls around $500~$1,500 for removal. Before committing to one company, gather multiple quotes and estimates to ensure you’re making the most informed decision.