Flooring Cost Guides

It's where your children play. It's what you and your true love dance on. It's the thing that tells your feet you've arrived home. Flooring plays a pivotal role in your house, and upgrades can increase value, aesthetics and functionality. Good floors also just make your home feel better.
The choices for types of floors can be dizzying. Before you start tearing up carpet, consider what flooring fits the way you live in a particular room. If you or your kids spend a lot of time sitting or playing on the floor, carpet or area rugs might be the way to go. If allergies are an issue, wood floors or tile might be better. Costs for each kind of material vary widely, depending on quality and, of course, square footage. And the labor costs can dwarf the material expense.   Continue Reading
  • Clean Carpeting Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $120 - $234
    Average cost:
    $174
    Low cost:
    $75
     
    High cost:
    $350
  • Repair Carpeting Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $121 - $257
    Average cost:
    $189
    Low cost:
    $75
     
    High cost:
    $431
  • Refinish Hardwood Floors Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $1,072 - $2,361
    Average cost:
    $1,624
    Low cost:
    $600
     
    High cost:
    $3,500

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Clean Carpeting
(31,374 projects)
Average National Cost:
$174
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Repair Carpeting
(12,102 projects)
Average National Cost:
$189
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Refinish Hardwood Floors
(11,966 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,624
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Install a Driveway
(10,167 projects)
Average National Cost:
$3,894
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Install Ceramic or Porcelain Tile
(7,843 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,772
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Install Wood Flooring
(6,089 projects)
Average National Cost:
$4,430
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Install Flooring
(5,177 projects)
Average National Cost:
$2,857
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Install Carpeting
(5,173 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,583
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Install Laminate Flooring
(4,214 projects)
Average National Cost:
$2,728
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Repair a Floor
(1,892 projects)
Average National Cost:
$771
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Repair Ceramic or Porcelain Tile
(1,807 projects)
Average National Cost:
$442
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Repair Wood Flooring
(1,506 projects)
Average National Cost:
$856
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Install Vinyl or Linoleum Flooring
(1,433 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,284
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Install Natural Stone Tile
(1,291 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,819
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Restore and Polish Stone
(476 projects)
Average National Cost:
$732
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Repair Natural Stone Tile
(260 projects)
Average National Cost:
$605
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Repair Laminate Flooring
(212 projects)
Average National Cost:
$640
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Repair Vinyl or Linoleum Flooring
(178 projects)
Average National Cost:
$411
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Flooring
Repair a Radiant Heating System
(145 projects)
Average National Cost:
$417
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Install a Radiant Heating System
(67 projects)
Average National Cost:
$3,779
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Before you make choices about where to cut costs and where to splurge when it comes to your flooring, remember that floors get more wear and tear than any other part of your home. What might save you money up front in lower grade materials and do-it-yourself installation may cost you more in the long run. Think carefully about the use of the room, traffic patterns, kids, pets and anything else that can do damage to your floor.
One cost homeowners often forget is preparing the sub-floor. If you don't have a clean, flat-level surface, you may need a contractor to do prep work before you can put down flooring materials.

Hardwood Flooring

Wood floors can add an elegant and earthy look to your home. They can be installed relatively quickly, and they're tremendously versatile. You can change the color of your wood floors simply by applying a stain. They can be sanded and refurbished many times and kept looking new. On the downside, hardwood floor installation can be more expensive than other options. Of course, how much you'll spend depends on the type of wood, with the harder woods generally costing more and lasting longer.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Made using three to four layers of wood glued together, engineered hardwood is often more durable, more environmentally friendly and can stand up better to changes in humidity as well as unruly children. The material costs are about the same as traditional hardwood, but the installs are faster and cheaper. Here's more about traditional hardwood vs. engineered.

Bamboo Flooring

Not only is bamboo resistant to moisture, it’s just about as green as you can get, as bamboo grows so quickly. Bamboo is considerably softer than traditional hardwoods, so it will be gentler on your joints. Dancers love it. Another advantage is that the softness of the floor reduces noise. The downside? It can be expensive and brittle, and although it’s generally durable, it’s more susceptible to dings and scratches than other wood floors.

Cork Flooring

Like bamboo, cork represents an eco-friendly alternative. And, also like bamboo, it’s expensive and soft, with all the advantages and disadvantages that represents.

Laminate Flooring

This cost-effective option is simple to install, easy to clean and can stand up to abuse from kids and animals. Laminate floors are made of synthetic layers with an inner core of fiber board or resin. Unfortunately, it doesn’t carry the rich look or feel of wood, and damaged laminate can be difficult to repair.

Vinyl and Linoleum Flooring

Vinyl and linoleum represent the cheapest options to install. And though they can get a bad rap for the low-end varieties, recognize that modern versions are far better than your grandmother’s linoleum kitchen floor. They can be rolled or installed in squares, the latter of which is generally easy enough for the DIY set. Maintenance and repair costs are generally inexpensive but can also be doable DIY tasks. Although sometimes described interchangeably, vinyl is a petroleum product, while linoleum is made largely of linseed oil, an extract from flax seeds.

Carpeting

New carpet in your home is a great way to freshen the look of a room - or your whole house. Carpet can be relatively inexpensive, but choosing the right carpet and installation method is important. Carpeting prices can be compared based on several factors, including the pile of the carpet, room size and cost of installation. The pile of the carpet refers to the thickness or density of fibers used to weave the carpet. Natural products often cost more than those made of synthetic materials because natural fibers cannot be mass-produced as easily. Carpet is commonly priced by the square foot so your room size will also determine cost. The cost of carpet installation will vary, but many companies will offer free installation if you buy your carpet from them.

Tile Flooring

Popular in bathrooms and kitchens, tile flooring is the cleanest-looking and often the most durable option. Tile prices vary according to the materials used and where they’re produced. Among the options: ceramic, stone, marble and porcelain. Material costs can swing from a few bucks to thousands of dollars per tile, varying from big box mass produced to handcrafted and hand painted. Installation is fairly involved, and is often more expensive than the material costs.

Another Factor

Flooring, particularly tile, can be cold on bare feet. Before you put down your new flooring, you might consider an under-floor heating system, using radiant, electric, liquid or air-heating systems.

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Marietta Murphy More than 1 year ago
Had my double garage resurfaced by  Garage Floor Coating of MN.  Area is double garage with minimal extra space.     -      They did a VERY GOOD job…BUT agreed finish date was late… 3 extra days before I was able to use it. I wanted to use it on July 4th but was not able to GET IN  until July 6th in the EVENING. They say it was finished on time BUT the yellow warning tape was still up, (I removed that), roll of draping was still  hanging there, AND my garage door opener DIDN'T WORK until they sent people to fix it on July 6th in the evening. So, I requested a $200.00 reduction in the total - so NOT $2800.00 but $2600.00.  They said No!  After discussion they offered $100.00 reduction. I felt my request for $200.00 off was FAIR. They did not.   I settled for $100.00 off.    Marietta Murphy Bloomington, MN
john geraci More than 1 year ago
awaiting estimates. going for marble look.

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