Laminate and Vinyl Plank Pricing

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Lamiante and Vinyl Plank Pricing

Lamiante and Vinyl Plank are some of the most cost effective floors you can get, it looks great and is incredibly durable. What's not to love with these floors?
There is a lot to consider when choosing your Lamiante and Vinyl Plank, but when it comes to installation, the three most important factors are quality, timeliness, and cost, which you will notice are the main factors in most standard floor installations. If you want the straight numbers, zoom down to the bottom of the page, or read through for more detailed information.

Quality

Quality is a given. You want a professional quality of work, without soft spots and humps, a smooth and sturdy floor. Lamiante and Vinyl Plank that disappears under the baseboard, with no gaps at the walls, or even worse, gaps between boards in the middle of the room.

To achieve the smooth floor, proper prep must be done, keeping the flatness of the floor within industry standards, or 1/8” over 10 feet. This can be a simple job, or very expensive, depending on the quality of your substrate. If you had a Lamiante and Vinyl Plank or hardwood floor installed in the area before, it should hopefully already be level enough from the previous installation. If carpet was installed before, then the necessary prep was probably not done. If tile was installed, the prep may have been done, but often the substrate will need to be gone over again as demolition of tile can be a messy and damaging process. Either way, floor prep and leveling is considered an additional cost, and should be planned for, especially if the substrate is so out of level that it will need to be fixed with self leveler, which is costly and will generally add at least 1 day to your time line.
Having a smooth substrate will then give you a smooth final floor, without the humps that make furniture uneven, or the soft spots that feel so very strange when you step on them. They also help prevent floor failure and gaps, as the strength of the tension system suffers when the boards are not sitting perfectly level with each other.

Gaps at the edge of the wall, or anywhere else, are often the result of improper installation. Being sure to only hire professional installers, licensed and insured, is your safest bet here. Tradespeople succeed or fail by their reputation, and if anything does go wrong, a good installer will always make sure their customers are happy. Hiring the handyman who only does it for a bit of extra cash is a gamble, as (s)he may or may not have the necessary tools and experience to do the job properly, or the incentive to come back and fix things if you are unhappy with the final product.

Finally, a simple and quick check of each board before installing it is imperative. A good installer will have a quick look at each board to check for chipped edges or broken lips in the tongue and groove system. Some installers do this so fast that most people don't even see it, scanning the board visually in the time it takes to pick it up and click it in place, while running their fingers along the groove system. If you plan on doing it yourself, take a bit longer, because it's no fun taking out half a room because you realize too late that one is chipped, or coming apart due to a damaged lip, in the area you installed a few hours ago.

Timeliness

You may have been recommended to a company that you are absolutely set on, having seen their work, and knowing they have great pricing, and call them to have them install your new floor two days from now. They may have an opening, or they may be booked for the next 3 months. When you have a specific time line, you may have to search a bit longer for a company, because your first choice may not be available.
Depending on your location, and the time of year, the amount of time you need to plan ahead can vary greatly. In larger cities like Vancouver or Toronto, if you spend some time calling around, you can normally get an installer on short notice. In smaller cities, it can be a good idea to plan at least a week ahead, but a month is even better. Summer months are a bit busier, and may require even more time, and winter months a bit less time. Either way, giving a bit of extra time is never a bad thing, and prevents the uncomfortable situation of having to go with your second or third choice company, or paying a premium for short notice installations.

Cost

Here Lamiante and Vinyl Plank installations are often a lot simpler. The price range for Lamiante and Vinyl Plank installation does vary from installer to installer, town to town, but overall is a lot more stable then hardwood or tile installation prices. I am going to focus on prices in Kelowna, BC, which is where Good Morning Flooring operates.

In all installations, there will be a minimum charge, so a single bedroom will often not be charged by the square foot, but by the minimum charge. Also, in installations over a certain size, there is often a price break, or multiple price breaks, which comes into effect when dealing with contractors who build multiple units. If this applies to you, ask your installer about these larger price breaks.

The variables that affect the price of Lamiante and Vinyl Plank installation include, but certainly are not limited to, how big or small the areas are, diagonal or curved walls, and how many areas they connect to. Stairs are considered separately, but a set of stairs can often cost as much as an entire floor of a house.

Diagonal and curved walls take much longer, and create more waste, so costs more then the material and labor end. If you are installing a bunch of little rooms and hallways, expect to pay a bit more per square foot then if you are installing a large open room. How many areas they are connected to doesn't increase the square foot cost, but each transition does add a cost. Some installers will charge per transition, or if there is just 1 or 2, not charge at all. If there are multiple transitions that need to be installed, be sure to ask if they charge extra for installing them, and if you do not have the transitions yet, ask if the installer can provide them. Often the supply store the installer deals with will have a greater selection of generic transitions then your local big box store.

Additional Costs to Plan For

Current floor removal
Lamiante and Vinyl Plank can go over top of hardwood, linoleum or tile, if the floor is within flatness tolerances, but not over other Lamiante and Vinyl Plank or carpet. This can adversely affect the height of your floor, particularly where it connects to other flooring, making it much higher then the flooring in the rest of your house. Most installers offer this service.

Substrate prep
Making sure your substrate is withing flatness tolerance of 1/8” over 10 feet can add to the cost quickly. You can choose not to level the floor, but be aware that it will void most manufacturer and installer warranties. Surface prep can be mostly labor, or labor and self leveler. Most installers offer this service.

Furniture and appliance removal and replacement
Furniture moving is often charged per room, or per hour, appliance moving is often charged per appliance. If anything with gas or water lines need to be moved, you will often need someone qualified to unhook them and hook them back up. Most installers offer this service, except for the water and gas lines.

Baseboard removal and replacement
When any floor except carpet is installed, the baseboard needs to come off and be put back on at the new proper height. Whether you put the old baseboard back on or install new ones will change the price by a large factor. Some installers offer this service.

Garbage removal
Most installers get rid of the waste from installation, however, if the old flooring was removed, they may or may not include the price to take it to the landfill in their removal/demolition price. Most installers offer or include this service.

Material
The Lamiante and Vinyl Plank itself is always separate from installation costs, unless you purchase from a supplier that does material and labor and offers one all inclusive price. Many stores offer installation packages with their product. The pad, which ideally includes soundproofing and a vapor barrier, will normally be included in this package. If purchasing Lamiante and Vinyl Plank at a big box store, be sure to purchase the same amount of pad as well, as that is not included in installation prices.

Lamiante and Vinyl Plank Installation Prices
Base Price: $1.50/square foot
Diagonal or Curved walls: Additional $0.25 - $1.00 /square foot
Under 300 square feet: $1.75/square foot
Minimum Charge: $350 (anything under 150 square feet, IE. 1 bedroom)

There are always many variables to consider, so if you have work that needs to be done, contact us today for a quote!

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Industry standards including floor flatness tolerance mentioned in this article

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