Flooring Calculator: Estimate Installation Cost for Different Types of Flooring

Flooring Calculator estimates your cost to replace or refinish different types of flooring: hardwood, laminate, engineered, linoleum, carpet or tile. You can estimate prices for multiple rooms at once (it needs to be the same material).
x Room 1
x Room 2
x Room 3
Flooring Material:
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Remove Old Flooring?
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This calculator is designed to be very detailed, and takes into account most aspects of floor installation. If you have different types of flooring to be installed or removed, we recommend running this calculator several times, for each room individually.

How to Use Flooring Calculator

To get accurate pricing, you will need to consider several options and aspects.

1. Select Flooring Material

After you make your initial selection, you will see additional options. For example, if you choose Hardwood, you will get options for: Oak, Cherry, Birch, Bamboo, etc.

2. Choose Material Quality

Again, we will use hardwood as an example. It is usually divided into 3 grades or quality levels: 1) Clear or 1st Grade 2) Millrun or 2nd Grade 3) Rustic or #2 Common (3rd Grade) As for cost, clear is the most expensive and rustic is the least expensive.

3. Additional Rooms

Click "add room" for additional rooms. If you do not have room sizes, but have the total square footage to be replaced, enter your size * 1. This will however skew results for the "trim" calculation. Once you select the material you want, an additional field will appear, with more choices for a particular flooring type.

4. Room Sizes

It is only possible to calculate one material at a time. However, you can do multiple rooms at once. Enter the size of each room where flooring will be installed. If you have more than 3 rooms, click "Add Room" for each additional room that you need to calculate.

4. Old Flooring Removal

This is an optional and sometimes unnecessary expense. For example, if you have hardwoods and want to install carpets, we recommend NOT to remove the existing hardwood. It acts as a solid subfloor, and can be later restored to it's original condition, if you decide to do so.

If you want to install new hardwood and you already have hardwood, laminate or tile flooring, you will need to remove those. To add this cost, select the type of existing floor that you need to remove.

Typical Flooring Tile Costs (200 sq.ft.):
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Average Cost to Replace Flooring

Floor replacement is one of the most popular home improvement projects that make a huge impact on the look and feel of your home. Across the US, homeowners are spending $3.5-10 per square foot to install new flooring.

Most floors cost $5-8 per square foot, so for an average size living room 270 sq. ft. (15x18) you are looking to spend $1,350-2,160.

Keep in mind that if you want to replace floors only in one room, you will actually be charged 10-15% more per square foot, than if you were redoing floors in multiple rooms or the entire house.

Floor installation prices range greatly depending on the material you use and the complexity of labor involved. You can get free flooring installation estimates from licensed contractors in your area.

Here are the average floor installation prices per square foot for the most popular materials:

Hardwood flooring cost$8-22 per sq.ft.
Natural stone tile cost$7-20 per sq.ft.
Engineered wood flooring cost$6-18 per sq.ft.
Ceramic and porcelain tile cost$4-12 per sq.ft.
Concrete flooring cost$2 - 8 per sq.ft.
Carpet cost$3-10 per sq.ft
Laminate wood flooring cost$3.85- 6 per sq.ft.
Vinyl plank flooring cost$2.5 - 5.5 per sq.ft.
When it comes to flooring, the cost of materials is very expensive, especially if you shop in flooring showrooms. Even stores like Home Depot and Lowe's don't offer good deals on the cost of flooring.

If you want to save on your new floors, its best to shop online. Most flooring online stores will send you free floor samples, so you can actually see what you are getting. Even with the high cost of shipping, you can save hundreds of dollars.

Recently I purchased Brazilian Cherry hardwood and Tiger Bamboo flooring for my home - here is how I saved $3,000

Flooring Installation Costs and Considerations

Average Costs For:
Most Homeowners Spent Between: Most People Spent: $1,769 - $3,192
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Floor replacement is a labor intensive process that requires a lot of skill and expertise. Most flooring pros specialize in installing only one type of flooring material. For example, tile installers will not install hardwood floors, etc.

Labor costs for flooring installers range from $1.5 - 5+ per square foot depending the material and complexity of the work involved.

The cheapest floors to install are carpeting, vinyl plank and laminate wood and engineered woof flooring. Tile floors as well as hardwood flooring installation is a lot more involved, especially if there is a request for any special design. For example, tile mosaic installers charge $15-20+ per square foot for their work, depending on the size of the space, and complexity of the design.

Finally, concrete flooring installation has the widest price range for labor, depending on the style you want to have. Pouring a basic concrete floor costs as little as $2-4 per square foot. However, high-end concrete flooring installation can cost $15-30 per square foot, if it includes things like: special stencils, air brushing, multiple colors and textures, etc.

The following factors will have the greatest impact on your total floor installation cost:

- size of the space: the bigger the space the less you will be paying per square foot. On a small project, your contractor will charge you the same price for set up, clean up and overhead, as he would for a large project, thus driving up the cost per sq.ft.

- room configuration: if your room has multiple corners or is odd shape, the flooring installer will charge you 15-25% more for labor

- condition of the floor: if you have old floors, the subfloor may need to leveled or repaired in order to put the new flooring material on top.

Some signs that your subfloor will require extra work include: sunken areas of the floor, uneven flooring, squeaking, buckling, or bouncing floors when you step on them.

- ease of access to the floor: if your space is located on the second floor or higher, there will be extra charges for having to haul all the materials and equipment upstairs. Any other accessibility issues will also increase the total cost.

- installing flooring in a bathroom or kitchen usually costs more money than in a regular room, because of permanent fixtures in these spaces and the need to work around them.

- your geographic location: contractor labor costs vary by as much as 12-20% depending on where you live. High income cities and neighborhoods see much steeper labor charges from flooring pros for the same job, compared to less affluent areas.

Additional floor replacement costs

In addition to labor charges for new flooring installation, there are other labor costs that may be involved, which will increase your total flooring cost.

Remove and dispose of old flooring$1.50 - 4 per square foot
Level a concrete subfloor$2 - 3 per square foot
Repair plywood subfloor$1.70 - 2.10 per square foot
Install new plywood subfloor$2 - 2.35 per square foot
Repair single floor joist$100-250 each
Replace floor joist$300 - 1,000 each
Install vapor barrier$0.5 - 1 per square foot
If your floor installation calls for subfloor replacement, its worth it to install a vapor barrier under your new floors. This additional investment into a vapor barrier will help to reduce moisture and prevent leaks, so that you can enjoy your new floors for many years to come.

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6 thoughts on “Flooring Calculator: Estimate Installation Cost for Different Types of Flooring

  1. Ezekiel Clause

    American Construction and Plumbing specializes mold inspection and remediation. Give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you!

  2. Kristi Ambrose

    lol I was like oh look a cool calculator. Your price estimate for mid range and high range are the same cost. Um. No. Fix your calculator folks!

  3. Jim

    I almost got excited about your tech. Then I realized high end, midrange, and rental grade are all the same price with no options for different flooring.

  4. Larry Bennett

    We are looking at having the carpet removed and the flooring replaced with the Brazilian Cherry prefinished solid wood flooring for the Living and Dining Rooms of the house were are going to purchase.

    1. Leo B Post author


      Sounds like a great plan – carpets collect dust and are hard to clean, and Brazilian cherry is an amazing hardwood floor.

      Still, I feel like your comment is missing a question – wast there one?