One of the fastest ways to make an impact in your home is by replacing your flooring. This trade covers everything from laying hardwood floors in a main living area to carpeting a bedroom. Whatever surface or finish you have in mind, a floor fitter will be able to help you achieve a fresh, new interior.
This guide outlines the cost of supplying and fitting different types of flooring. We’ve included some considerations you’ll want to mull over when choosing the flooring, such as different styles and uses, as well as the average price tag for each material. There’s other preparatory work that may need to be carried out before and after the fitting too, which will affect the total cost of the project.
Your room size may have a big influence on your choice of flooring. Working out the dimensions of your space is a good starting point as this will allow you to calculate the likely overall costs. You don’t have to do this yourself – a tradesperson will be able to measure up and provide a quote, however they can often give you a quicker idea of costs if you’ve pre-measured before contacting them.
With your room size and budget in mind, you can decide which flooring is right for your home – carpet, laminate, solid wood or even sheet vinyl. You can shop around for your preferred material or, alternatively, a tradesperson may be able to supply what you’re looking for. This can save time, hassle and even help to keep costs down in some cases.
The average cost of carpeting a medium-sized room (4m x 3.5m) with a mid-range carpet is £500.
The wide range of carpet options is matched by the wide range of prices you might pay. Thin-pile, basic carpet sits at the lower end of the price scale, while thick, luxurious carpet comes with a higher price tag. Depending on what material you choose, you can expect to pay somewhere between £5 and £35 per square metre. Carpets add comfort and warmth, and can complement a colour scheme, or even help to soundproof a room.
Laying carpet yourself often leads to a substandard job – and subsequently costly recovery work, as well as wasted materials. An experienced floor fitter will be able to lay your new carpet quickly and neatly, making light work of rooms with tricky or unusual dimensions.
The average cost of laminate floor fitting for a medium-sized room (4m x 3.5m) is £625.
Laminate flooring is a cheap and versatile material, making it a popular choice in many homes. It’s easy to wipe clean, can be laid on most bases (provided they’re firm, dry and level), and will suit the majority of rooms. Just remember that you’ll usually need underlay, and only water-resistant laminate should be used in rooms that are prone to moisture – like kitchens and bathrooms.
This type of flooring is easy to install – usually slotted together in a click and groove system, and laid loose to create a floating layer (rather than gluing the planks into place). As many of us don’t have the time (or patience) to fit laminate floors, experienced tradespeople are often called upon to make quick work of this fiddly job.
The average cost of sheet vinyl floor fitting for a medium-sized room (4m x 3.5m) is £365.
Like laminate, sheet vinyl flooring is cheap and versatile. It comes in large, flexible lengths that are completely impermeable to water, and that makes it a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms. It’s also fairly durable, coping well with heavy footfall. It’s the easiest flooring to keep clean, making it an ideal option for homes with children and pets.
Supplied in a sheet format, vinyl flooring doesn’t involve a time-consuming click and lock process. Instead it’s laid flat, either glued down or fitted as a floating layer – depending on the manufacturer’s instructions. Both materials and fitting are often cheaper than laminate or real-wood flooring as a result.
The average cost of fitting a hardwood floor in a medium-sized room is £1,540.
Hardwood flooring tends to be more expensive per square metre than other options, and it’ll normally cost more to fit too. This high-quality, natural flooring material is available with a range of wood finishes, including maple, oak, bamboo and walnut, and is chosen for its premium style and durability.
When it comes to laying hardwood flooring, fitters will often need to follow a more complex process – gluing the flooring slats into position, one by one. An underlay will also need to be applied before the wood is laid.
This method of fitting flooring demands the knowhow of an experienced tradesperson to make sure it’s laid precisely and seamlessly. Hardwood flooring may also need finishing touches and treatments, such as lacquering and oiling. You can choose to do this yourself, or leave it in the safe hands of your expert.
Removing existing flooring is a job that’s often overlooked, but something you may need to consider when budgeting for your project. If you want to save yourself the trouble of ripping up flooring and arranging its disposal, a tradesperson can cover the whole removal process.
Old skirting boards may also have to be removed before laying your new flooring, and then new ones (or the existing boards, provided they’re not damaged) installed after. This can add to the total cost of the process.
|Carpet fitting costs|
|Install carpet in a small room (2.5 metres x 2.5 metres)||£245||£280||£320|
|Install carpet in a medium room (4 metres x 3.5 metres)||£400||£500||£600|
|Install carpet in a large room (5. metres x 5 metres)||£700||£800||£900|
|Laminate floor fitting costs|
|Install laminate in a small room (2.5 metres x 2.5 metres)||£290||£330||£350|
|Install laminate in a medium room (4 metres x 3.5 metres)||£500||£625||£740|
|Install laminate in a large room (5 metres x 5 metres)||£875||£950||£1,000|
|Sheet vinyl floor fitting costs|
|Install sheet vinyl in a small room (2.5 metres x 2.5 metres)||£200||£220||£250|
|Install sheet vinyl in a medium room (4 metres x 3.5 metres)||£335||£365||£390|
|Install sheet vinyl in a large room (5 metres x 5 metres)||£600||£650||£700|
|Hardwood floor fitting costs|
|Install hardwood flooring in a small room (2.5 metres x 2.5 metres)||£720||£800||£900|
|Install hardwood flooring in a medium room (4 metres x 3.5 metres)||£1,120||£1,540||£2,000|
|Install hardwood flooring in a large room (5 metres x 5metres)||£1,800||£2,250||£3,000|