How Much Does it Cost to Install Laminate Floors?

Laminate Flooring installation cost guide

Laminate Flooring installation cost guide

Laminate flooring is a great choice for homeowners who want the look of real hardwood at more affordable costs. Like traditional wood, laminate flooring is available in a variety of colors to complement virtually all design styles. This guide will walk you through The Home Depot’s selection and provide average laminate flooring installation costs.

Average Cost of Materials

Laminate flooring being installed

Laminate Flooring Installation Cost

Average Total Project Cost:
$3.80 - $4.80 per square foot
• Installation: $2.00 - $3.00 per square foot
• Materials: $1.50 per square foot
• Underlayment: $0.30 per sq. ft.

During the initial consultation, ask for a complete estimate that includes the flooring, the underlayment and the installation costs such as materials and labor.

Projects can range in price based on complexity and customer needs, like the removal of existing floor or subfloor preparation.

A completed room with gray laminate flooring

Laminate Flooring Price Ranges

Laminate flooring can vary significantly in price. The national averages are as follows:

• Laminate: $0.79 to $3.00 per sq. ft.
• Underlayment: $0.29 to $0.79 per sq. ft.

Please note: Laminate flooring always requires an underlayment. It’s important not to skip over that cost when estimating the total price of installation.

Features That May Affect Cost

Laminate Flooring Type

There are two main types of laminate flooring: plastic and engineered wood. Customers should be aware that these two styles vary in price, and each one offers different benefits to homeowners:

  • Vinyl laminate is the more affordable choice. Designed from a printed image that resembles real wood, this flooring option is more resistant to water and abrasion from foot traffic, pet claws and other sources of scratches and dents. 
  • Engineered wood features a top layer of genuine hardwood. While a durable acrylic finish reinforces the hardwood layer, this flooring is still more susceptible to damage than vinyl. However, it can be refinished up to 3 times, allowing for improved longevity.

When choosing laminate flooring, make sure to observe how the boards adhere to each other and to the underlayment. Some types are self-adhesive, while others require additional supplies for installation.

Furniture Removal

Removing all furniture from the room prior to installation day is an easy way to save money on your flooring installation. If furniture removal is required, the overall costs usually rise by $35 for up to six large pieces of furniture.

Flooring Removal

During most installations, the existing flooring must first be removed. On average, this process will cost homeowners $1.95 per square foot of old flooring. This rate depends on the existing flooring type and the amount of effort required for removal.

Why Choose The Home Depot

The Home Depot offers a stunning selection of laminate for your home. Top-rated installation services are available in many areas nationwide. Our professional installers are licensed, certified and vetted with background checks. They show up wearing an official Home Depot badge, so you’ll know we sent them. We are transparent about our products, so you know exactly what’s being installed in your home. The Home Depot also offers financial assistance options, like project loans and specialty credit cards, to help make your dream home a reality.

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