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Vinyl Flooring Installation Cost Guide

One of the most important questions before a big purchase is “What does it cost?” The cost of vinyl flooring is probably one of the biggest factors when choosing your floor. I’ve made it easy for you with this handy vinyl flooring cost estimator.

The cost to install vinyl flooring fluctuates by location, flooring type, and contractor. However, everyone needs a good place to start. That’s what this vinyl installation cost guide helps with: finding a place to start.

Obviously, the cost is one of the most important factors when buying vinyl flooring. Whether or not you’re a first-time buyer, or are replacing your old flooring, we crunched the numbers to find you the best deal.

With this guide, you’re ready to start piecing together your budget. Let’s get started.

How Much Does Vinyl Flooring Cost?

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There are so many types of vinyl flooring, and to be honest, more types are being added every day! All the choices might seem overwhelming at first, but it’s a good thing. More variety equals more choices for you.

With that being said, I’ve pulled vinyl flooring prices by brand, type, and feature. I’m estimating the vinyl flooring cost based on 1,000 square feet.

Vinyl Flooring Cost by Brand

The brand of vinyl flooring you buy can have a big effect on the cost of your floor.

Be sure you pick the brand that fits your needs.


Brand Name Low Average High
Flooring Inc
Coretec
Mannington
Shaw
Mohawk

Vinyl Flooring Cost by Type

Vinyl planks and tiles will be priced differently than vinyl sheet flooring. Vinyl sheet flooring is often the most inexpensive form of vinyl.

If you’re shopping for vinyl sheet flooring, you can probably expect your price point to be lower. When comparing the prices of vinyl planks and vinyl tiles, you’ll find these prices fairly comparable.


Vinyl Type Low Average High
Tiles
Planks
Sheets

Waterproof Vinyl Flooring Cost by Core

Some waterproof vinyl planks and tiles come with different core materials, and this can affect the cost. There are WPC (wood-plastic composite) cores and SPC (stone-plastic composite) cores.

WPC Vinyl has a wood plastic composite core and SPC Rigid Core vinyl has a stone plastic composite core. What exactly does this mean? It means that WPC Vinyl is resilient and waterproof and SPC Vinyl is stiffer, sturdier, and also waterproof.

Both WPC Vinyl and SPC vinyl are completely waterproof. As in 100% waterproof.

You’ll find that that SPC Rigid Core vinyl has a lower price point.


Material Type Low Average High
WPC Core
SPC Rigid Core

How Much Does it Cost to Install Vinyl Flooring?

This is where things can get tricky. The cost of installing vinyl flooring depends on several factors: what type of vinyl flooring you’re installing, where you live, and the amount of labor you’ll need. According to HomeAdvisor, the average vinyl flooring installation cost is “$36 per hour, or an average of $3.00-$10.00 per square foot.”

Combine that with the cost of your vinyl and you get your total estimate!

$3.00/sqft $6.50/sqft $10.00/sqft
Cost of Installation 100 sqft $300 $650 $1,000


Of course, installation cost often includes the cost of disposing of your old flooring in addition to the cost of labor. There’s a lot of factors that can influence the installation cost numbers.

Additional Vinyl Flooring Installation Costs

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To help you get the best vinyl flooring cost estimate, I also want to mention some additional cost factors you may not have thought of.

  • Molding: To keep your flooring looking sharp, you might need to replace or add molding to the room. Depending on the size of the room, and the type of molding you need, the cost can add up.
  • Underlayment: Most luxury vinyl has an attached underlayment, but if not, you may need to purchase an underlayment of vapor barrier for your flooring. Vinyl sheets don’t typically need an underlayment.
  • Flooring removal: If you have another flooring, there will probably be a disposal fee.


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FAQs

Does my vinyl flooring need an underlayment?

Some vinyl planks and tiles have an attached underlayment and do not need any additional padding. If it does not, we do recommend an underlayment. Just make sure to avoid rubber underlayment, because it can cause some staining with certain types of vinyl.

Vinyl sheets may be installed over an underlayment if the subfloor is uneven. However, over time, the vinyl sheet will acquire the texture of the subfloor.


Related content >> Underlayment Buying Guide


Can I install vinyl flooring myself?

Vinyl plank flooring and vinyl tile flooring is very DIY-friendly and can easily be installed yourself! If your vinyl sheet flooring has a fiberglass backing, you can install it yourself in a low-traffic space. However, for vinyl sheets in high-traffic areas, we suggest you leave it to a professional.


Should I buy vinyl planks or vinyl sheets?

It depends on many factors including your budget, the installation area, and more. If you’re wanting realistic wood-look flooring, vinyl planks are your best bet. They can be a bit pricier, but some options are 100% waterproof. Meanwhile, vinyl sheets now have lots of stylish, decorative looks, and they’re perfect for smaller rooms if you want a quick and DIY-friendly installation. Plus, vinyl sheets are the most affordable!

Conclusion

Finally, you have all the info you need about the cost of vinyl flooring, so you can draw up a budget and make informed purchases. If you have any other questions about vinyl flooring or the installation costs, we’d be happy to help.

If you’re ready to shop, why not start with some free samples?