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Laminate Flooring Installation Cost

The cost of laminate flooring installation will vary depending on a number of different factors. Use the article below to get a better feel for how much your project will cost.

Where do you live? Your geographic location will definitely impact the cost of installation. You should expect to pay a little more than average if you live in a big city like New York or Los Angeles.

Have you already purchased the flooring? If you have pre-purchased the flooring, this will cut down on the cost of your project. Many contractors will charge an hourly rate for the installation only.

Sub-floor repairs. In some cases, laminate flooring can be installed directly over your existing flooring. However, if the floors are not level or they require minor repairs, this will come at an additional cost.

Removal of existing flooring. In other cases, you may need to tear out the existing floor. The contractor will charge extra to remove carpet or other flooring. There may also be a charge for disposing of the material.

Amount of material needed. Most contractors will base their quote on the square footage of the area. However, they will need to purchase additional flooring material (about 10% more) to account for waste.

Underlayment. Laminate flooring is typically installed with some sort of underlayment. Some installations may call for the use of a moisture barrier as well. The cost should also be quoted by the square foot.

Stairs. Installing laminate flooring on stairs will increase the cost of installation.

Floor thickness. Laminate flooring comes in several different thicknesses, ranging from 7 mm to 12 mm. The thicker flooring, with a more durable wear layer, will be more expensive.

Type of flooring. The type of laminate flooring you choose will have a large impact on the cost. While many replicate the look of wood flooring, others are made to look like stone or tile flooring. Premium laminates will come at a higher cost per square foot. There are also several finishes to choose from, including glossy, handscraped, or embossed.

AC Rating. An AC rating measures laminate flooring’s ability to resist impact and abrasion on a scale of 1 to 5. The higher the rating, the better the quality of the flooring. Floors with a rating of 3 or above are better equipped to handle heavy foot traffic.

Molding and trim. All thresholds, moldings, trim, and transitions should be included in the cost estimate. However, custom work may come at a higher price.

Cleanup. Cleanup should be included in the contractor’s quote. Also, ask about protecting your furniture and other areas your home with protective plastic during the installation.

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