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Are you looking into renovating your floors and wondering about what type to choose? Or maybe, any dilemmas have already been resolved and you’ve decided to go for the popular laminate flooring option? Good choice. Relatively easy-to-install, durable and inexpensive, laminate is a floating type of flooring that usually resembles timber or sometimes, stone.

It is made of several synthetic layers that are glued together, with the top one offering protection against scratches, spillages, and general wear and tear for years to come. Also, the good news is that laminate flooring cost doesn’t need to break the bank.

Right then, this post will elaborate on how budget-friendly is the laminate installation process, explore the benefits of selecting this type of floor material, as well as cover any additional expenses to consider in more detail.

So, if you:

  • would like to know about all the costs involved in a laminate floor installation;
  • are not sure whether to choose laminate or some other type of flooring;
  • want to learn more about the price range of laminate floating floors;

You’ve come to the right place.

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What are the advantages of choosing laminate floating flooring?

Known as a DIY-friendly option, fitting your home with laminate floors has an array of advantages. Add the fact that it comes in a variety of designs and colours, as well, and you’ll simply find yourself lost for choice, as soon as you enter your local flooring supplies store.

But there are even more pros of going for a laminate floating floor:

  • Interlocking installation system – The floating floorboards fit like a puzzle without the need of using glue, nails or screws.
  • Hard-wearing – Laminate is pretty durable and scratch-resistant. Note, however, that it can’t be refinished and it’s not that easy to repair if badly damaged.
  • Handles spillages well – Unlike carpeting, for instance, liquid spillages don’t pose the risk of stains, due to the top protective layer. Of course, laminate can still suffer water damage (say, in events of flooding).
  • Various finishes – The floating flooring material comes in a range of shades and finishes, including an embossed (textured) wood-like or stone-resembling laminate finish.
  • Affordable installation cost per sq. m. – Laminate is far cheaper to install than real hardwood or engineered timber flooring.
  • Behaves well at fluctuating temperatures – A good feature is that the material can expand and contract, so the boards won’t warp easily during temperature changes.
  • Versatile floor option – Laminate can be laid on various types of relatively flat surfaces, as well as in nearly every type of room.
  • Easy to clean – As mentioned already, cleaning maintenance comes easy with laminate flooring. “Soft” vacuuming and mopping with a quality laminate floor cleaner is all you need to do a few times a week.
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What is the cost range of laminate flooring per square metre in Australia?

Laminate flooring cost per square metre depends on the type of material used and its quality. For instance, engineered timber looks and is installed very much like laminate but it’s far superior, in terms of the materials involved to produce it.

The price can range between $15 and $45 per sq. m., where the thickness of the board and its finish also play a role. For instance, 6mm-thick floorboards will be naturally cheaper per sq. m. than boards that are 12mm thick. And when it comes to finishes, a hand-scraped brushed or textured-looking laminate finish that appears more realistic may also come with a higher price tag than laminate flooring that offers the standard smooth look.

Going back to the quality of the material, we can note here that the more durable and costly engineered timber floating floor is made of layers of plywood, where the top layer is also made of real prefinished wood. In contrast, the more affordable laminate flooring is made of thin pressed wood boards with the top layer being a photographic applique layer that only looks like wood.

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What about the installation cost of laminate flooring?

What is the cost of installing your laminate flooring, you may wonder. And what prices are we looking at for other labour job aspects if you hire a professional floor installation company?

Depending again on various factors, laminate flooring installation cost per sq. m. in Australia comes in the range of $35 – $50 per sq. m.

Let’s see now what goes into the formation of the final price.

  • Thickness of the floorboards – the thicker and more expensive the boards, the more costly will be the installation per sq. m.;
  • The type of floating floor – the higher the quality of the material, again, the more expensive will be the floor fitting process;
  • The quality and thickness of the underlay – unsurprisingly, a pricier underlay results in a higher final quote, too;
  • The size of the floor area – this is no brainer – the bigger the room, the more you will pay for its floor to be refurbished;
  • The design’s complexity – some laminate floor installations require an artistic eye and professional experience to form the desired pattern, due to the unique finish of the floorboards you’ve decided to purchase;
  • Your location in the country – laminate floor installation rates may be cheaper in Melbourne and Perth than, say, in Sydney and Brisbane;
  • The credentials of the floor installers – not always the case, but a reputable and fully insured company may charge a little more than a self-employed tradesman with dubious credentials, but with the latter costing you more in the long run, in terms of the quality of the results.

As you can see, a lot comes into play when considering the cost to install laminate flooring or a similar floating floor material. Well, you may be tempted to try to save money by trying to renovate your floor by yourself, but trust us, a lot can go wrong in the process.

For example, a badly levelled floor surface or incorrect spacing between the laminate floorboards and the skirting boards can easily result in gaps forming in a month or two. Not to mention dealing with complex design finishes that require artistic skills to form an eye-pleasing and aesthetic-looking overall floor pattern.

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Additional floor installation aspects to consider in terms of cost

Naturally, there’s some preparation to do, as well, before the actual floor installation takes place. So, consider the following when you try to budget for your floor renovation project.

Removing the old floor

Although it’s not unheard of to install laminate on a perfectly fine floor surface, such as vinyl or tiles, most people go ahead with their floor renovation project if the old floor or floor covering is damaged. So, be it a worn-out, stained carpet or old and warped laminate floorboards, removing those also comes at a cost of $10 to $35 per sq. m., depending on the type. Lifting a carpet is naturally cheaper than dismantling a wooden, tile or wood-like flooring. This is probably where you can save money by removing the old floor and clearing the debris yourself.

Levelling the floor

This usually applies when you’ve removed an old wooden or damaged tile floor and underneath you’ve got a concrete subfloor to prepare and level. Leave this job to an expert, as the success of your laminate installation project will depend highly on how well the above has been executed. Peaking, gapping, warping will be all unwanted “extras” if your subfloor is badly prepared. The levelling job will come at additional cost, of course, in terms of materials and labour.

Waterproofing and repairing of the old floor

Then, comes the waterproofing of the sub-surface with an appropriate material that will ensure that issues like dampness are dealt with properly. Again, this applies, especially, to concrete subfloors. On the other hand, if you’re using an existing subfloor (vinyl or tiles), you have to ensure that it’s in good condition and water-resistant. This means that any needed repairs (fixing cracks, regrouting, replacement, etc.) to the surface should also be considered and factored into the total cost.

Underlay and skirting boards

Even if you have a perfectly waterproof subfloor, an underlay is always fitted under the laminate floorboards to insulate against sound and to secure better the whole interlocking system. Prices for the underlay start from as little as $2 per sq. m. for a low-quality material and can reach up to $10 per sq.m for high-quality floor insulation. Finally, let’s not forget the skirting boards that need to be purchased and installed, too. Your professional laminate installer will incorporate the labour cost for installing those in the final quote for the job, too.

Takeaways

  • Laminate installation cost depends on a number of factors, such as the type of flooring material you’re using, labour per sq. m., subfloor preparation work, the quality of underlay and skirting boards, the size of the floor area, your location and more.
  • Floor installation is charged more often than not per sq. m. rather than per hour.
  • Although often considered a DIY-friendly project, laminate floor installation comes with its challenges, so you better hire an expert for the job at hand.

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  • Last update: August 18, 2021

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