Linoleum and Vinyl Flooring Price Guide
Linoleum and vinyl flooring can be quite affordable to install yourself or have a pro install for you. It is a cost-effective flooring material when you need something for 5-20 years that won’t require a lot of maintenance. It’s popular where low price is a high priority. Families often choose it when kids are young because it stands up to wear, tear and spills well.
In this guide to Linoleum and Vinyl flooring, we’re going to look at the price you can expect to pay, what factors can effect the cost and much more. We’ll share the average cost of vinyl flooring, as well as help you learn how to estimate how much you’ll need for your home flooring project. You should also read about linoleum floor installation, care and maintenance of linoleum, as well as the complete buying guide published elsewhere on our site.
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Average Price Range
The average cost of linoleum and vinyl flooring is $2-$2.50 per square foot.
Like most flooring, vinyl and linoleum is produced at different quality levels. The thicker the material and the better the finish, the more it will cost. The best way to understand the differences in the quality is to shop around. If you have a large home improvement store in your area, visit it to examine samples of linoleum and vinyl flooring. Find out how thick each product is and feel it between your thumb and index finger. Then, look at the price and compare it with other grades or thicknesses.
You may also notice that darker colors are slightly more expensive when all else is equal. This is due to the fact that more pigment or specialized pigment is used.
- Vinyl flooring can be found for as little as $0.50 per square foot with top prices being about $5 per square foot.
- Linoleum costs slightly more, with average prices being $2.50-$3.50 per square foot.
Cost of Sheet Vinyl Flooring Versus Luxury Vinyl
Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF) is a fairly new flooring option. It is thicker, and therefore more durable, than traditional sheet vinyl, but more importantly, thanks to new printing and photographic technologies, it more closely mimics the look of real stone or wood. LVF comes mainly in two forms, Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) or Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) and prices are considerably higher than basic vinyl sheet flooring, which can be confusing for buyers who assume that any vinyl product is a low cost option.
While much sheet vinyl is priced at anywhere between $0.50 and $2.00 per square foot, luxury vinyl flooring starts at a higher price, typically $2.50 up to $5, with some top brands (think Armstrong or Mannington) costing as much as $8 per square foot , putting it on a par with high quality tile or solid wood flooring! It is the increased durability, warmth and softer feel under foot, compared to wood or tile, that justify these prices.
Determining the Amount of Material You Need
Getting the number of square feet you need is fairly easy. If you have a blueprint for your home, you can get room sizes from it. If not, use a tape measure to determine the length and width of each room. If the room is “L-shaped”, such as a large room with a small nook off of it, divide the room into 2 rectangles. Measure each one separately.
Multiply the width times the length of each rectangle that will be covered and add them all together. For example, a kitchen that is 12’x20’ is 240 square feet. An adjoin hallway that is 3.5’x12’ is 42 square feet. A laundry room that is 8’x12’ is 96 square feet. Add them all up and you’ve got 378 square feet to cover.
The next step is to add extra to account for trimming and waste. With vinyl and linoleum flooring, 10% is usually sufficient. So, to determine how much material you need, your equation would be 378×1.10=415.8 square feet.
The pattern on the flooring as well as the layout of the rooms may affect the amount of extra you’ll need. That’s why most homeowners choose home flooring pros to do the measuring.
Factors in Determining the Total Cost
The complexity of the job is the main factor in determining the estimates you’ll receive. The more trimming there is, the higher the estimate will be per square foot. A kitchen with lots of cabinets and an island or a bathroom with a vanity, toilet and cabinet are fairly complex. An open living room is easy.
If the space is fairly open, you might get vinyl flooring installation estimates of $1-$2 per square foot. For complex jobs, $2-$3 per square foot is more common. Stairs might be priced separately since covering them is labor-intensive.
Saving Money on Installation
You can save money on linoleum and vinyl installation by doing some of the preparation work yourself. For example, remove the old flooring including staples, glue and tack strip. Fill cracks in the floor or sand high spots. Remove the baseboard trim and toe kicks. Take all doors off their hinges. Tell the contractors you’re willing to do these things before you get estimates.
Secondly, be sure to get several estimates in order to find the lowest in your area. Using the service we partner with will typically get you the most competitive prices in your area since the contractors know they need to give their best estimates in order to get the job.
Vinyl & Linoleum Pricing FAQs
Q: What are the advantages of linoleum over vinyl flooring?
A: There are a few worth pointing out. First, linoleum is a natural product while vinyl is synthetic. Linoleum is hypoallergenic and antibacterial. It is also recyclable. For these reasons, linoleum is a better choice in daycares, medical settings and for those with allergies.
Q: Can sunlight fade linoleum or vinyl flooring?
A: Yes. Linoleum is slightly more susceptible, so consider closing blinds and curtains when sunlight may shine directly onto the floor.
Q: If new underlayment is needed, how much will that cost?
A: Underlayment can usually be bought and installed for $1.50-$3 per square foot.
Q: Is installation of these materials a DIY project?
A: Vinyl and linoleum flooring are very difficult to install unless you have experience. See our guide Installation of Vinyl & Linoleum Flooring for more details.