How Much Does It Cost to Install Laminate Flooring?

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$1,474 - $4,487

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Updated December 22, 2021

Reviewed by Robert Tschudi, Expert Home Building and Remodeling Contributor.

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Laminate Flooring Installation Cost

the average cost of a laminate floor is $2.70 to $10 per square foot

The average cost to install laminate wood flooring is $2,850, with most homeowners spending between $1,480 and $4,470. Adding laminate flooring to a 200-square-foot house is about $2,820, but can range from $400 to $5,000. This difference in price is due to the finish, the abrasion rating and other add-ons your contractor might recommend including.

Many homeowners opt for laminate flooring as a relatively affordable way to achieve the look of real-wood floors. It comes in many styles and finishes, and it is also durable enough to be resistant to scratching and dents. Overall, this can be a great choice for homeowners who like the look of wood but do not want to deal with the expensive price or high maintenance required.

“We like to use laminate flooring when we are replacing carpet in flip-house situations,” says Bob Tschudi, Angi Expert Review Board member and Raleigh, NC-based general contractor. “The material is inexpensive, the installation is easy and inexpensive, and it really looks good.”

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National Average $2,864
Typical Range $1,474 - $4,487
Low End - High End $500 - $7,900

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What Is the Price of Laminate Flooring Per Square Foot?

Laminate flooring costs vary between $0.70 and $2.00 per square foot, depending on type and finish. The most inexpensive types are maple, red oak and white oak. Hickory is the most expensive. Mid-range varieties such as acacia, cherry and beech cost about $1 per square foot. Prices fluctuate seasonally (winter is usually the best time to buy) and the overall cost is based on the flooring area and complexity. For instance, a small room might result in a higher price if cutting, trimming and laying in a complex pattern or space require additional labor.

This hardwood flooring alternative consists of multiple layers of synthetic material that are bonded together. This often includes layers of natural wood and particle boards to keep costs lower than solid hardwood.

Laminate Flooring Cost Per Square Foot by Wood Type
TypeCost Per Square FootColor & Grain
Acacia$1.00Light and dark brown.
Deep contrasting grain
Cherry$1.00Dark red-brown.
Linear flowing grain with small knots.
Beech$1.00Light tan and slightly pink.
Fine. Placed together seamlessly.
Hickory$2.00Tans and red-brown.
Thick grain and intricate patterns.
Maple$0.70White, off-white, red-gold.
Swirling mixed with lighter grain.
Red Oak$0.70Medium brown.
Heavy with slight variations in pattern.
White Oak$0.70Gold-brown and grays.
Smooth and linear grain.
Walnut$0.90White and chocolate hues.
Thick and heavy.

Technological advancements allow laminate flooring to look and feel like natural hardwood floors. Often, the top layer is a thin piece of natural hardwood, meaning you can feel and see the actual texture of natural wood. This results in the same appearance of hardwood, at a much lower cost.

“We always buy about 20% extra and put it in the attic or other storage area,” Tschudi says. “That way, when there is a problem such as a gouge or other damage, it’s a matter of popping out the bad board and installing a brand new board from the same manufacturing batch.”

cherry vs oak laminate wood colors.

Labor Cost to Install Laminate Flooring

The average cost to install laminate flooring ranges between $2 and $8 per square foot. This usually includes the cost of underlay and adhesives used. Depending on the type of project—like adding snap-together laminate panels—this may be suitable for DIY.

Hallways or rooms that do not have obstacles may be an option for DIY work. More complicated projects may require a pro for installation. If you choose to DIY, be sure to follow all safety precautions when using a saw.

Laminate Flooring Installation Costs Per Square Foot
Wood TypeCost Per Square FootEst. Installation Costs
Maple, Oak$0.70$2 - $6
Walnut$0.90$2 - $6
Acacia, Cherry, Beech$1.00$4 - $6
Hickory$2$6 - $8

Laminate flooring can be a great choice for homeowners who want the appeal of hardwood without the cost and maintenance. This more affordable option comes in all kinds of styles and finishes, so homeowners can achieve any look they desire in their living spaces. It is always wise to consult a local flooring professional when choosing the right type of laminate for your home.

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Labor Costs to Remove Laminate Flooring

"Laminate floorboards from the same box will often have an identical pattern that can start to look repetitive. One trick pros use is to shuffle boards from different boxes before installing to create a more natural variation across the room."

Dan DiClerico, HomeAdvisor Smart Home Strategist and Home Expert.

It costs an average of $400 for a pro to remove a 200-square-foot area. If you want to cut down on costs, you may choose to remove the existing flooring on your own before a contractor comes in to install the new one. Be careful to not damage your subfloor in the process.

If the subfloor requires replacement, hiring a professional is highly recommended. The average cost to replace or repair a subfloor in a roughly 300-square-foot room costs about $550. Expect to pay about $25 to $35 per hour in labor costs.

Replacing Carpet or Other Flooring with Laminate

It is possible to install laminate over short carpet; however, it is not recommended because it may void the manufacturer’s warranty. If your carpet is glued down, you may need to scrape the glue from the subfloor before installation. The average cost to remove carpet is $1 to $1.30 per square foot.

If you’re hoping to replace your tile with laminate flooring, you may be able to install it directly over the tile. Before you go this route, you’ll want to be sure that there are no cracks or blemishes in the tile which can cause issues with installation. You’ll also want to be sure that the floor height increase you’ll experience won’t disrupt the flow from room to room or how any sort of appliances fit in your space. If you decide to remove your tile before laying your new laminate, you can expect to pay $3 to $4 per square foot.

Laying laminate flooring over linoleum is also a good option, provided that the floor is stable, level, and free from issues with moisture. If you have any issues with moisture accumulation or mold (which can be a common issue with linoleum) you’ll need to remove the linoleum before laying your new laminate flooring. The cost of removing old or damaged laminate flooring is about $400 for a 200-square-foot room.

Laminate Wood Flooring vs. Hardwood

As with any flooring type, there are inherent advantages and disadvantages that come along with the choice of laminate compared to hardwood. The average cost per square foot of a laminate floor is about $1 where the price per square foot of hardwood ranges from $5 to $8. The installation and material cost of installing a laminate floor is about $3,300 which is much different than the $4,500 average cost to install hardwood.

Choosing the right color option and wood type for your home may be a difficult decision. For example, if you have a rustic old farmhouse, a contractor may encourage you to go with an option that is rugged with a lot of hand-carved texture. A contractor will be able to direct you towards an option that is appropriate for the age, style and color scheme of your home.

Laminate Flooring Cost Factors

Choosing the right laminate can be more difficult than it seems because there are so many different types available. Here are some important things to consider while you choose:

Warranty Length

Typically, most laminate manufacturers include a warranty with their products. It is not uncommon to find one that comes with a 10-year warranty. A homeowner should take the time to read the terms of the warranty and know what is covered, which can save them a lot of stress and hassle down the road.

AC Rating

The AC rating is the industry's way of ranking laminate by durability. AC levels run one through five, with five being the most durable. Typically, the highest needed rating for residential laminate is AC 4. AC 5 is generally used in industrial and commercial areas. AC 1 flooring doesn't necessarily have to be avoided.

For areas with lower foot traffic, such as bedrooms, AC 1 is a perfectly durable option. However, areas with higher foot traffic, like the kitchen and entryway, need a higher durability rating. As you go up in AC ratings, the cost of your flooring will also rise, with AC 1 flooring generally being the cheapest and AC 5 flooring generally being the most expensive.

Pad and Underlay

For homeowners who do not want any surprise expenses after buying the flooring, they should find a type that comes with underlayment or padding already attached. Underlay can also be purchased separately and typically comes in 100-square-foot rolls, at about $15 to $20 per roll. This price may increase due to the quality and thickness of the underlay. The only drawback is that it will take longer to install because the padding will have to be measured and cut separately.

Texture and Finish

As you consider your laminate flooring options, you’ll want to think about how both the texture and finish you choose will impact your overall costs. As you make your selection, you’ll need to choose between two textures (smooth and textured) and three finishes (semi-matte, matte and glossy.)

Smooth laminate flooring is generally more affordable than textured laminate flooring, though it’s more likely to show dings and damage. Similarly, matte finish laminate flooring (which tends to show footprints and dirty easily) costs less than semi-matte, and both matte and semi-matte finishes are generally more affordable than laminate flooring with a glossy finish.

Season

Like many home projects, the cost of installing laminate flooring fluctuates throughout the year. In most regions, prices are highest in the fall before the holidays and the lowest in late winter.

Location

The cost of installing laminate flooring will vary depending on where you live. In areas with a higher cost of living, you can expect to pay more for laminate flooring installation. In areas with lower costs of living, you can expect to pay less.

Subfloor Repairs and Replacement

Anytime you replace or repair your flooring, you’ll want to be sure that there is no damage to your subfloor. Installing new flooring over a damaged subfloor will end up costing you down the line as your floors may begin to sag or experience water damage and require an extensive repair or replacement. In general, the cost to replace subflooring typically ranges from $1 to $7 per square foot. The greatest variation in this cost comes from the range of labor costs from city to city.

Thickness

Laminate flooring ranges from a thickness of 6 millimeters to 12 millimeters. Thicker laminate flooring is more resistant to bending when it’s installed over a bumpy or uneven surface and can feel sturdier as you walk and move in it. As the thickness of laminate flooring increases, you can expect the cost to increase as well.

Additional Features

Different brands of laminate flooring offer different special features that may be more or less attractive to you depending on your lifestyle. Each additional feature will add to the overall cost of your materials. Special features can include:

  • Water resistance

  • Scratch resistance

  • Noise resistance

  • Approved for use with radiant/ underfloor warming

  • Approved for use over a corck overlay

FAQs

What is the average cost for labor to install laminate flooring?

The average cost to install laminate flooring ranges between $2 and $8 per square foot. This cost usually includes the cost of underlay and adhesives that may be used. Some laminate flooring projects, like adding snap-together laminate panels may be suitable for DIY.

How much does it cost to laminate a 12-by-12-foot room?

The cost to laminate a 12-by-12-foot room ranges from about $390 to about $1,400. Costs will vary depending on the materials you select and the cost of labor in your area.

Is it more affordable to install carpet or laminate floors?

In many cases, installing carpet may be more expensive than installing laminate flooring. The average cost to install carpet in a 330-square-foot room is $1,760. The cost to install laminate flooring in the same area ranges from $891 to $3,300. Both laminate flooring and carpet can range widely in quality and price, with some carpet costing much more than laminate flooring.

What are the different types of laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring comes in a variety of colors, finishes, and textures. The color and look of laminate flooring include:

  • Cherry

  • Oak

  • Maple

  • Acacia

  • Beech

  • Walnut

  • Hickory

  • Elm

Laminate flooring finish options include:

  • Matte

  • Semi-matte

  • Glossy

Laminate flooring texture options include:

  • Smooth

  • Textured

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