WORDS: Joanna Jefferies
Because of the huge range of flooring options, it can cost you anywhere from £25 per square metre for the most basic synthetic carpet to in excess of £200 per square metre for a genuine timber flooring system. The key here is to know what kind of overall look you are after, and to choose accordingly. It’s also important to understand the waterproofing limitations of some products before applying them to wet areas. Your Refresh consultant will be a wealth of knowledge in this area, and will know which products are readily available and which will require a wait time to install. For example, in some locations there is a long lead-in time for hand-made tiles and for tilers.
But before you start installing your new flooring, you’ll likely need to remove the existing floor-coverings. Depending on the size of the house this can take anywhere from half a day to several days.
To help you understand your options we’ve put together a basic, mid, and high range costing for each flooring option, so you can get an idea of where your budget will stretch to, and the features of different flooring products.
While there are different price ranges for tiles, your tiler will cost approximately £20+ per square metre, or £200 per day, regardless of the tile. The price of installation should include labour, glues, grout and silicone, but check with your tiler first. Added extras include trims, grout sealers, underlay and waterproofing.
It’s important to check with your local authority to know whether your tiler needs to be certified.
The cost of a tile in the basic-range would be around per square metre, but don’t forget that factors like complicated spaces and tricky installation patterns will bump up the cost.
Additionally, a substrate, such as a fibre-cement underlay, will need to be installed on wooden floors to create an inflexible base to glue the tiles onto (it’s glued and screwed in place) and this will incur an additional material and labour cost.
Price Range for Tiles: A basic-range tiling job can cost as little as £25+ per square metre including the tiler’s labour (and sometimes removal of old tiles). A mid-range tiling job will cost you around £35+ per square metre and a high range job will cost you in excess of £50+ per square metre
£25 - £50+ per m2
There’s a vast range of carpets to choose from and an equally vast price range. The biggest question to ask yourself is whether to go synthetic or natural.
Synthetic carpet is cheaper than wool and it’s far more stain-resistant and water-resistant, perfect if you have pets and children, or live in a damp area. Wool, however, is far more fade-resistant and fire-retardant (great if you have direct sunshine or an open fire).
One aspect that is often overlooked is underlay – so if you want to have soft feeling underfoot, splashing out on thick underlay is a must.
Basic, Mid & High-Range Carpets: The cost of installation is around £4 - £6 per square metre and carpet ranges from £5 per square metre in the low range (typically synthetic), to £15 - £20 in the mid-range and in the high range, specialist, unique colours and top-quality carpet can cost from a minimum £30 per square metre. Add to these prices the cost of underlay, which can cost between £3.50 - £10 per square metre.
Installation: from £4 - £6+ per m2
Carpet: from £5 - £30+ per m2
Underlay: £3.50 - £10+ per m2
Vinyl & Engineered Timber Flooring
Refresh East of England’s Simon Kelliher says there’s a lot of confusion between laminate, engineered wood and solid or real wood flooring.
“Laminate is an image printed on a fibre board and coated with a protective layer, therefore not real wood but wood-effect flooring. Luxury vinyl flooring tiles are similar to laminates but use vinyl instead of fibre board making it more resistant to moisture and better for use in wet areas.”
Vinyl flooring is an excellent cost-effective option for spaces where you need water resistance. However, speak to your installer first about whether vinyl is an option, as if water can be trapped under the vinyl it can damage sub-floors.
The other option says Kelliher is “engineered and solid wood flooring, both of which are made from real wood. While solid is the more traditional type of board, engineered boards are now more commonly used due to their added strength and resistance to heat”. Engineered flooring is a similarly cost-effective option. But it’s important to remember you can't use some products in wet areas including laundries, therefore you’ll have to consider your options there.
Kelliher says in most cases, he would advise a customer to buy a good quality engineered wood floor with a good wear layer or veneer.
“This will allow them to refinish the floor if it became scratched/damaged or if they just wanted to change its colour.”
Vinyl & Engineered Timber costs:
These two products are similarly priced, with both products costing between £50 – £100 per square metre for a mid-range product.
Solid Timber Floors
Solid timber floors are the crème de la crème of flooring, and if you’re lucky enough to have native timber floors in your house it’ll cost you around £25 per square metre to have those beauties sanded and polished with three coats of polyurethane. If you want to install solid timber floors it’s going to cost you a fair bit more. Brand new solid timber floors will cost in excess of £60 per square metre including installation, however, you won’t need to polish them after installation.
Solid timber costs
£60+ per m2
Looking for flooring inspiration? See what flooring other Refresh customers have opted for in Our Projects.
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