Your total flooring budget – what costs should I think about?

15 October 2015

There are a few different factors that can affect your final flooring cost. First and foremost, it's a matter of whether you decide to lay the flooring yourself or if you hire a floor-layer. Then, the existing base, preparation work and choice of quality determine what the price will be.

Hire a flooring professional or lay your own flooring

By hiring a floor-layer, the process is usually faster and as a professional, the floor-layer knows how to prepare the base, measure and joint. But you can manage on your own by reading the instructions for the respective flooring.

A major advantage of parquet, laminate and vinyl is that all after-treatment is already done. So you don't need to count on any cost for oil or varnish. Or screws or glue since parquet, laminate and vinyl is essentially always laid floating.

The base means a lot to the floor's end result.

If you lay a new floor on an old, creaky base, your new floor will also creak. So in other words, it is important that the base – the sub-floor – is fastened as it should be. It should also be even so that there are no unevennesses that stress the new floor.

Once you have anchored what might have been loose and have obtained a nice, level base, you must choose a liner. With some bases, it is very important that you add a vapour barrier, for instance.

And in other words, include the cost of correcting the base and the potential liners you need.

Do I need to buy more flooring than I need?

If you lay a new floor – regardless of whether it is a wood floor, laminate or vinyl – in a regular room, you should count on 5% extra when you buy the flooring. A small room with many complicated corners and angles may even demand 10% extra flooring. However, you need not worry about panels being defective – which can happen when you buy a solid wood floor. You will never get a floor board with knots that ruin the durability or other similar damages.

What other costs can I count on?

The price of the flooring is the largest expenditure when you are going to install a new floor. The price varies depending on whether you choose parquet, laminate or vinyl. Larger planks most often cost more and the laminate price is similarly affected by the thickness you choose. Then there are different classes of flooring that indicate their durability, which also affects the price.

Include the shipping from the store home and keep in mind that you might have to drive your old flooring to the dump. No major investments are needed in tools, but rather a good saw for parquet flooring, a saw with laminate blade for laminate flooring or a knife for vinyl flooring is enough. And if you get help from a friend, it's good to have coffee and cake to offer.

Fact box:

  • Make sure the sub-floor is nice and even
  • Buy 5% more flooring than the room's area.
  • Check that you have the right tools for your choice of flooring.
  • For Pergo's wood flooring, a good saw is all that is needed.
  • Use a fine wood blade for laminate flooring to avoid unevennesses.
  • Use a knife with a concave blade for the vinyl flooring.
  • Talk with your dealer if you are uncertain.


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