The Cost of Installing Laminate Flooring

All you need to know about installing laminate flooring including costs of materials, labour and time frames.

The Cost of Installing Laminate Flooring

What the job entails

Laminate flooring has been probably the most popular flooring in the UK for many years and even today remains a very popular choice. It's easy to see why it is so popular, being easy to clean and looking almost a good as much more expensive hardwood or stone floors. In fact, laminate flooring has moved on leaps and bounds in recent years and the choices available include stone, slate and ceramic tile designs - all of which look very convincing. Laminate flooring looks great and costs a fraction of the price of the real thing. It is also possible to install underfloor heating with laminate flooring - which can be completed together in one installation.

Laminate flooring is practical and the modern print and production processes mean that the top laminate layer can emulate everything from traditional hardwood to expensive stone tiles, the laminates are so authentic that visitors will be none the wiser unless they get down on their hands and knees for a really close inspection. A solid wooden floor or stone tiled floor will look fantastic - but they don't come cheap and the installation process involves much more skill, plus there is the matter of the ongoing maintenance needs. Laminate flooring is an affordable alternative that's pretty easy to fit DIY and almost maintenance free.

When laying a new floor some decide to so it as a DIY project, but most will hire a professional. The advantages of DIY laminate floor fitting are obviously lower costs. Any DIY flooring project is going to be much cheaper than getting a professional to do it, but this is only because we don't charge for our own time when doing DIY projects. The disadvantages of DIY floor installation include the additional time it will take, especially if you're working on the project only in your spare time. Plus, if you don't already have all the proper tools it may be quite costly to buy or hire them. but the main drawback to DIY flooring is that it is a job which requires a meticulous exactitude, if you don't have the necessary patience you won't achieve a good result. This may end up costing you even more if you have to hire someone in to correct mistakes. If you are not good at DIY projects and don't have any real experience with flooring, then you should definitely hire a professional fitter to achieve a high-quality finish plus get a guarantee against any problems that may occur after the installation. Note that if you buy laminate flooring and make a mess of the job, it will cost you even more in the long run than getting an experienced fitter to do it.

Even if you are sure that you can fit laminate flooring on your own, before making a final decision just get some quotes in anyway from professional fitters then weigh up all the pros and cons of both options. You may find that the costs are more reasonable than you thought and just go ahead and get a professional in to do the job anyway. A fitter's daily rate is normally around £150 per day and they can complete an average sized room in that time. Smaller rooms may be even less and expect a typical rate of £25 per hour. The costs below include removing the old carpet, fitting underlay and installing the laminate flooring.

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The Cost of Installing Laminate Flooring

Materials for laminate flooring are typically around £20 per square metre. So for an average room (around 14 metres squared), this could cost roughly £280. This could increase in cost depending on the type of flooring that is chosen. In some cases this could be more difficult for a tradesperson to fit, which may incur further cost also.

For a tradesperson to complete the fitting, this can largely depend on the size and shape of the room - which determines the amount of difficulty and time that is required to complete the work. A larger room with a more difficult shape room can increase the time required and cost of the fitting proportionally.

Below are some estimated costs of removing artex.

Job Description Avg. Cost Duration
Supply and fit laminate flooring to large room (25m squared) £1500 7 days
Supply and fit laminate flooring to an average size room (16m squared) £600 1-2 days
Supply and fit laminate flooring to small room (9m squared) £300 1 day
Install laminate flooring fitting only £150-£250 1 day


Cost Breakdown

Individual costs to install laminate flooring for the area of one average sized room (roughly 14 metres-square) - Total Cost: £550

50%

Materials
£280

40%

Tradesmen
£220

10%

Waste Removal
£60

FAQ's

Laminate flooring can be installed almost anywhere in the home except wet rooms like bathrooms. They can be installed on top of old wood flooring, concrete floors or linoleum/tile floors, just not on top of carpet.
Yes - you can but it is recommended that you glue the laminate to the steps with a strong adhesive before walking on the steps.
No - laminate flooring is for indoor use in indoor areas only.
No - laminate flooring needs a hard surface so any carpet needs to be removed before installing laminate flooring.
Yes - it's pretty straightforward but it is time-consuming and requires a degree of mobility.
Most laminate flooring panels click into position without glue like a big jigsaw. However, some of the cheaper laminate flooring available does still need glue applied to the tongue and groove of each plank.
Empty the room of furniture then open the flooring packs and inspect them for any defects. Then allow the laminate flooring to acclimatise to the room for at least 48 hours by laying them flat on the floor and remove any old carpet or similar and make sure you have a subfloor which is even and dry.
Just measure the length and width of the room then multiply the length by the width to get the total floor area then add an additional 5-10% for wastage.
The only special tool you may need is a tapping block that fits the tongue of the flooring and helps you achieve a snug fit.
Yes - this is highly recommended to reduce noise.
An expansion gap of 12-15mm needs to be left around the perimeter of the room which will be covered by the skirting board. This allows the floor to expand and contract with fluctuations in temperature and/or humidity.