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Vinyl Flooring Cost


How Much Does Vinyl Flooring Cost?

 
 average costRange: $162-$972/bathroom 
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Vinyl and linoleum are not the same, but either one provides flooring in a range of colors or simulating the look of wood, brick, stone or marble, with a durable, low-maintenance finish.

Typical costs:

  • Vinyl tiles are 12x12- or 18x18-inches; vinyl sheets are either 6 or 12 feet wide. Prices can start at less than $1 a square foot for inexpensive tiles, but decent vinyl runs $2-$5 a square foot or $162-$405 for a 9x9-foot bathroom, with the higher-end products offering extremely durable and realistic simulations of stone, tile or other materials. Vinyl installation (which may be included in the price) starts at less than $1 a square foot and goes up depending on the complexity of the project.
  • Whether tile (usually 12x12-, 13x13- or 20x20-inches) or sheets, linoleum prices usually include installation and range $3-4 a square foot or $250-$350 for that 9x9 room, but high-end linoleum can run well over $4 a square foot.
Related articles: Hardwood Floors, Tile Flooring, Carpet, Bathroom Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling

What should be included:
  • Vinyl flooring is plastic made from petroleum, usually with the color and pattern printed on top of the material. Vinyl floors have either a felt or vinyl backing; vinyl backings resist dents better. Some tiles come with a self-adhesive back and are a relatively easy do-it-yourself project; visit Hometime.com[1] for details. Installing sheets of vinyl is more difficult, but FamilyHandyman gives step-by-step instructions. Vinyl floors last a maximum of about 15 years.
  • Linoleum is manufactured from linseed oil (some people are sensitive to this) and other natural products, making it biodegradable. The color and pattern is part of the manufacturing process and goes all the way through, so light scratches don't tend to show. Linoleum flooring can last up to 40 years. Developed in the late 1800s, linoleum lost favor in the 1950s, but enjoyed renewed popularity in the 1990s as a "green" building product and an authentic restoration material. Installing linoleum properly requires skill and special tools, but demesne.com[2] outlines the basic steps for do-it-yourself linoleum tile installation
  • Whether vinyl or linoleum, the subfloor needs to be properly prepared. The glue used to install the new flooring should be only the type recommended for that brand. If replacing an old vinyl or linoleum floor, you may need to check if there's asbestos in the flooring or in the glue used to hold it down.
Additional costs:
  • Unusual room shapes can add to the bottom line and there may be additional fees for moving furniture or removing fixtures.
Discounts:
  • If you're flooring a small space, ask about vinyl sheet remnants or the bolt ends of linoleum which can be up to 50 percent off, and BizRate.com[3] lists miscellaneous lots of "overstocked" vinyl tiles.
Shopping for vinyl flooring:
  • Vinyl manufacturers include Stainmaster and Congoleum; linoleum suppliers include Forbo Marmoleum[4] and Armstrong[5] . These sites offer referrals to installers.
  • Read all care-and-maintenance descriptions and warranties before you buy. Check the company with the Better Business Bureau[6] and ask the installer about training, licensing, bonding and insurance.
  • The written contract should include how the old floor will be removed and the subfloor smoothed and prepped, whether furniture moving or fixture removal is included, specific products to be installed, and all labor and materials costs, including edging and doorway trim. If the floor is wider than the flooring sheet, where seams will be and how they will be sealed.
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Finally replaced my flooring - Kitchen, Laundry, 1/2 bath
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: first time homeowner in Campbell, CA.Posted: May 24th, 2010 03:05AM
Sq Ft of Flooring: around 250Installer: Floor Concepts and Design ceter
Brand: Congoleum Ultima
For a long time, we'd been wanting to replace the decrepit, mustard yellow linoleum in our kitchen-laundry-1/2 bath, but we had to combine the project w/removing asbestos from the old flooring's glue. So, after we had an asbestos abatement firm remove the old floor for $1,080, we paid about $2,000 to the flooring store to replace it with new vinyl. The price was a little higher because Congoleum Ultima is expensive (I've been told <$3.50/sqft was a good price because they had our design in stock in bulk)
+ plus about $600 in installation costs (including floor base)
+ and an additional $600 because we had to replace the old underlayment (because there was asbestos on it). It cost more to get the plywood underlayment.
Additionally, we spent another $100 to have a handyman remove all the old appliances (oven, fridge, washer, dryer, dishwasher) and another $100-$200 to have a plumber re-install all the appliances and fix some other small plumbing-related items.
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Vinyl Flooring - Bath & Laundry
Amount: $750.00
Posted by: Josalyn in Hollister, CA.Posted: November 23rd, 2009 04:11PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 85Installer: Empire Today
Brand: Empire Today
Combined square footage of master bath and laundry room - 85 sf. Was done in one day and included nice new 3" baseboards and removing, replacing toilet.
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vinyl flooring
Amount: $870.00
Posted by: blucleff in Albion, IN.Posted: August 1st, 2009 03:08PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 170 sq. ftInstaller: Miracle Contracting
I was suprized to replace my dining/kitchen floor due to a patio door leak repair. I did not have time to investigate types and differences in vinyl flooring. I let the contractor pick out the flooring. The first week I dropped a glass and it put a big cut in the floor. Be aware of the kind of vinyl that you are putting in.
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Kitchen and 4 Bathrooms
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: Patrick Phasey in Atlanta, GA.Posted: March 1st, 2008 05:03PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: Installer: Atlanta Mobile Flooring
Brand: Domco Vinyl
Fantastic!!! We were remodling our investment property for us to move into and we were on a TIGHT budget. This company is family owned and each and every one of them are professional and funny. Very trustworthy. They gave us a break because of our budget, and the work is exceptional. 678-365-7692
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Great Floor
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: JoJo in Moonachie, NJ.Posted: January 5th, 2008 05:01PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 10x10Installer: Excellenace Flooring
Brand: DuPont
I Love my Vinyl flooring for my kitchen, it looks like random tile in browns, greens & tans, people think it is real tile and it is just beautiful and wears so well, very happy with it!
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External Resources:
  1.  www.hometime.com/Howto/projects/flooring/floor_3.htm
  2.  www.demesne.info/Improve-Your-Home/Floor-Coverings/Linoleum-Floors.htm
  3.  www.bizrate.com/flooring-supplies/floor-tiles/312082-439610/buy
  4.  www.forbo-flooring.us/Residential-Flooring/Products/Marmoleum-sheet-tile/
  5.  www.armstrong.com/flooring/products/linoleum
  6.  search.bbb.org/
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