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What Affects the Prices of Carpet and Flooring?

Posted on: July 27th, 2017 by Derek Farnquist

prices for new carpet and flooring

The prices of new flooring are always changing.

Since there are so many different factors that alter carpet and flooring prices, it can be difficult getting a set price over the phone with your local flooring dealer.

Getting a rough idea of what you’ll be paying, however, isn’t impossible.

Carpet and Flooring Prices on Average

Although it is not always the most important factor, the price to install new floors is always going to be an important consideration when deciding which type of flooring to install.

In this case, we’ll cover the top demanded flooring products on the market:

  • Carpet
  • Hardwood
  • Laminate
  • Vinyl

All of these products can make great choices, but it’s important to understand more about how much each type generally costs and what factors can affect this cost. That way, you can be sure that you’ll make the right decision that fits your budget and your sense of style.

Pricing Out Carpet

Carpet is a great option for almost any budget or style. The average price of new carpet is quite affordable, and the product has a fantastic variety of options to choose from. Since you have an almost endless choice of different colors, thickness, patterns, and styles to choose from, it’s a little difficult to determine a roundabout price on your own.

For instance, while the typical carpet costs around $2.00 per square foot for materials, you can also find carpets that cost upwards of $4.00 to $5.00 or more per square foot. The pile of the carpet, i.e. its thickness, and the materials it’s made from are both important factors in determining the price. Carpets made from synthetic fibers tend to be quite a bit cheaper than those made from wool or other natural fibers.

price of carpet installed

Including the carpet, padding, and installation, the “average” price for carpet installation is usually somewhere around $3.50 to $4.00 per square foot, but it can go quite a bit higher when you choose more expensive, higher quality carpeting. Ask your installer what they charge for before you hire them to help gauge a price.

Prices of Solid Wood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is generally the most expensive of the four types, but then again, it is also the most stylish, elegant, and beautiful.

There is nothing like the look and feel of real wood floors, but you have to be prepared to pay to get this type of quality. The average pricing for hardwood flooring is somewhere around $8 to $12 per square foot. However, this price can vary dramatically depending on what type of wood you choose and the overall quality and appearance of the wood.

For instance, maple and cherry tend to be at least slightly more expensive than other popular woods like ash, hickory, and oak. The type of wood you choose will also play a role in the overall time and cost of the installation as some types of wood like maple can be much harder to work with and thus take longer to install.

prices of installed hardwood

Staining and sealing your wood floors will also add to the total cost of the installation. As well, there are also ongoing costs to consider as you’ll occasionally need to have your wood floors resealed and in some cases sanded down prior to resealing.

Laminate Flooring Prices per Box

Laminate flooring is an outstanding choice for anyone that wants to achieve the look of hardwood, stone or tile floors, but doesn’t want to pay the high price that these materials cost. You can find laminate flooring available in a huge range of colors and styles, all of which generally cost far less than the real material they’re designed to imitate.

When we compare prices of laminate flooring from product to product, a safe price range is around $5 to $7 per box. At the upper end of this range are some high-end manufacturers whose products look extremely realistic and are almost indistinguishable from the real thing.

In addition to the overall quality of the laminate, the thickness of the flooring will also help determine the total cost per square foot.

average price of laminate floors

In addition to being fairly inexpensive, laminate flooring also has the major advantage of being quite durable and long-lasting. In fact, some laminate products come with warranties for 20 to 30 years or more. This helps to ensure you that you won’t have to soon pay to have your floors replaced should something go wrong.

While this doesn’t affect the price, it is still something you definitely need to consider.

What is the Price of Vinyl Flooring?

Vinyl and linoleum flooring is usually the preferred choice for anyone on a tighter budget. Including materials and labor costs, you can often have vinyl or linoleum flooring installed for anywhere from $2.50 to $4.50 per square foot.

Like the pricing for vinyl flooring and linoleum flooring is low and easy on your wallet, vinyl is fairly simple and quick to install.

However, there are still a number of other factors that can affect the total price. For instance, the installation will take slightly longer and thus cost a bit more should your room be irregularly shaped. In this case, it will be necessary to make more cuts, which will obviously slow things down a bit.

vinyl install average price

As well, there are a number of other factors you’ll need to consider that will also add to the cost. For instance, you’ll need to have your linoleum floors sealed after installation and then resealed annually, which adds to the overall cost. You’ll also incur added costs if you wish to install vinyl flooring on a surface that isn’t smooth.

Vinyl flooring needs to have a smooth surface to adhere to, which means it might be necessary to have plywood underlayment put down prior to having the vinyl flooring installed.

Find the Best Carpet and Flooring Prices with Us!

The fact remains that you have an almost endless number of flooring choices, which is why it’s essential that you make sure you understand the differences between each flooring type to make a better, more informed decision. In this sense, the total cost is really only one of the many important factors you’ll need to consider. That being said, the price is often still the primary determining factor for most people.

This is why you should get your flooring from The Carpet Guys. Not only do we have the best carpet and flooring prices available, we help keep the costs down by doing a few things for you free of charge. These services include:

That’s a lot of free stuff you get by working with us. So what are you waiting for? Give us a call and get your estimate set up today.

We look forward to serving you soon!


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