Flooring Costs

Flooring material is the interior face of the building floor structure that must withstand the expected traffic and provide the aesthetic and comfort needs of the occupants.

The cost to install average roofing depends upon type, material and finish grade, covered area, preparation and special needs, and the labor rate.

Type and cost summary

In the following table the Cost figure is based on average flooring for a 2,500 sq.ft. home with partitions and 500 linear feet of baseboard; and includes transport, material, equipment, and waste.

Vinyl sheetLowest costTearing$8,431

Easy to cleanShorter life

Plain appearance
Laminate plankMore durableCreaking$14,116

Moderate costColor matching

Wood parquetDurableMaintain finish$14,783

Moderate cost

Color matching

Bamboo plankDurableMaintain finish$15,742


Color matching

Wood plankDurableMaintain finish$17,151


Color matching

CarpetingHigh comfortCleaning$18,589

InsulatingIs absorbent

Color matchingLess durable

Other considerations and costs

  • Typical upgrades and accessories are reviewed in the related Cost Guide.
  • These prices are for service in the immediate area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • The work area must be free of all furniture and other objects.
  • During contractor inspection the homeowner should be informed of any repair concerns like rot, and any cost to adapt the existing structure.

DIY considerations

  • This project may be suitable for the well-prepared DIY.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.      

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