WORDS: Joanna Jefferies
Because of the huge range of flooring options, it can cost you anywhere from $3 per square foot for the most basic sheet vinyl to in excess of $14 per square foot for a genuine timber flooring system. The key here is to know what kind of overall look you are after, and to choose accordingly. It’s also important to understand the waterproofing limitations of some products before applying them to wet areas. Your Refresh consultant will be a wealth of knowledge in this area, and will know which products are readily available and which will require a wait time to install. For example, in some locations there is a long lead-in time for hand-made tiles and for tilers.
But before you start installing your new flooring, you’ll likely need to remove the existing floor-coverings. Depending on the size of the house this can take anywhere from half a day to several days.
To help you understand your options we’ve put together a basic, mid, and high range costing for each flooring option, so you can get an idea of where your budget will stretch to, and the features of different flooring products.
While there are different price ranges for tiles, your tiler will cost a minimum $4 per square foot, regardless of the tile. The price of installation should include labor, glues, grout and silicone, but check with your tiler first. Added extras include trims, grout sealers, underlay and waterproofing. It’s important to check with your local authority to know whether your tiler needs to be certified.
The cost of a tile in the basic-range would be around $5 - $10+ per square foot, but don’t forget that factors like complicated spaces and tricky installation patterns will bump up the cost.
Additionally, a substrate, such as a fiber-cement underlay, will need to be installed on wooden floors to create an inflexible base to glue the tiles onto (it’s glued and screwed in place) and this will incur an additional material and labor cost.
Price Range for Tiles
A basic-range tiling job can cost as little as $5 - $10+ per square foot including the tiler’s labor (and sometimes removal of old tiles) and the cost of tiles is between $0.60 and $15+ per square foot.
There’s a vast range of carpets to choose from and an equally vast price range. The biggest question to ask yourself is whether to go synthetic or natural.
Synthetic carpet is cheaper than wool and it’s far more stain-resistant and water-resistant, perfect if you have pets and children, or live in a damp area. Wool, however, is far more fade-resistant and fire-retardant (great if you have direct sunshine or an open fire).
One aspect that is often overlooked is underlay – so if you want to have soft feeling underfoot, splashing out on thick underlay is a must.
Basic, Mid & High-Range Carpets
The cost of installation is around $4 - $6+ per foot and this can move up to $18 per foot for tricky installations. Carpet ranges from $2 per square foot in the low range (typically synthetic), to $11+ per square foot for top quality Berber carpet. Per square yard, the average is $30 - $40. Add to these prices the cost of underlay, which can run from $0.60 - $2.30 per square foot.
Vinyl & Engineered Timber Flooring
Vinyl flooring is an excellent cost-effective option for spaces where you need water resistance. However, speak to your installer first about whether vinyl is an option, as if water can be trapped under the vinyl it can damage sub-floors.
Engineered flooring is a similarly cost-effective option. But it’s important to remember you can't use some products in wet areas including laundries, therefore you’ll have to consider your options there.
When it comes to the difference between vinyl and engineered timber, vinyl is far more fade-resistant, however, engineered laminate timber flooring can give a more ‘up-scale’ look.
Vinyl & Laminate Price Ranges
Basic wood veneer laminate will cost between $3 to $5+ per square foot, and depending on the complexity of the layout with installation costs running will be between $3 and $10+ per square foot. In the mid-range, a thicker veneer will cost you $5 - $10+ per square foot, and installation can be a bit pricier at $3 - $10+ per square foot. Exotic engineered hardwood products will cost $8 - $13+ per square foot and installation costs can rise to $10+ per square foot.
Sheet vinyl will set you back between $2 - $7+ per square foot, plus installation costs.
Solid Timber Floors
Solid timber floors are the crème de la crème of flooring, and if you’re lucky enough to have native timber floors in your house it’ll cost you around $1.50 - $4+ per square foot to have those beauties sanded and polished with three coats of polyurethane. If you want to install solid timber floors it’s going to cost you a fair bit more. Brand new softwood solid timber floors such as pine will cost you between $3 - $6+ per square foot, plus a $3 - $5+ installation cost, while harder woods such as teak, American cherry and oak will set you back $5 - $10+ per square foot, plus $4 - $8+ for installation. The same installation cost will apply to more exotic timbers, such as walnut, mahogany and cypress and the cost of these will tally around $8 - $14+ per square foot.
Solid timber floor price ranges
From $3 - $14+ per sq. ft.
Looking for inspiration? See what flooring options other Refresh customers have opted for.
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