oak parquet flooringstencilled floorclose up of striped carpet

Cost of Flooring

When pricing a home renovation, the cost of flooring can be considerable. Here are some typical figures from our refurbishments over the past 14 years. Our data includes materials and labour as well as sub-floor preparation and sundries.

The cost of flooring can consume a large part of your budget. Here we share prices from our projects.

Below you will see prices ranging from £300 for a small vinyl sheet, £900 to £1500 for a vinyl tiled floor, to £8000 for a complete ground floor in parquet. We also show prices for carpeted rooms and staircases, porcelain tiles and natural stone floors.

Before we look at particular costs, we offer some general advice because every floor is different. For you to budget for your specific case, it is important to understand the factors that affect the total cost of flooring. It also helps to explain why we’ve included specific items in the figures we show.

cost of parquet flooring

how to Calculate carpet Quantities

If you are doing your own calculations, first draw the floor to scale. School maths will help you to calculate the floor area but it is very important to account for wastage.

Carpets come in standard widths (usually 4m and 5m), so you will need to establish the width appropriate for your room. A carpet specialist would create a cutting plan to make most economic use of your purchase. However, be prepared to lose a significant area from the edge (for example if your room is 4.2m wide); and because carpets are priced per square metre you must include all the wastage in your calculations.

If your carpet has a pattern, particularly a stripe, you need to check that this runs in the right direction for the room. Draw this on your plan. You may need to buy a longer carpet to create two or more widths that run as you wish.

Also, bear in mind that carpet piles run in one direction like a cat’s fur. Take a landing for example, which runs perpendicular to the stairs;  if you simply turn a section of carpet through right angles, it will look different because of the light catching the pile; so you may need to buy more carpet to get all the pile running the same way. If your design is complicated, it is probably best to ask your carpet supplier to use a cutting pattern for you; they know which way the carpet pile runs and will produce the most efficient way of extracting all the cut pieces from the smallest length.

striped bedroom carpet in one of our bedrooms

floor tile patterns

For tiled and timber floors we aways allow at least 10% wastage over the calculated floor area. For a tiled floor, draw the tiles on your scale floorplan because the pattern dictates the number of tiles to purchase. For example, there are some tile designs that you must purchase in complete sets rather than simply in square metres. In the photo below, these tiles come as combinations of small, medium and large tiles which form a repeating pattern across the floor.  It may be priced in square metres, but you have to purchase “whole patterns”. Similarly, some tiles come in complete boxes, so you need to estimate to the next box up.

vinyl floor tile patterns

Even with more regular tile patterns, it is best to lay out the design to scale so you can see what works best.

Patterns may be stack bond (all tiles lined up), running bond (like bricks), herringbone, basket weave and so on. In the photo below, whilst the tiles run in straight lines from left to right, you may spot that each row is actually offset at random relative to the adjacent row. This was to minimise the effect of any out of squareness in this period property.

Some people run their tiles on the diagonal, but remember that additional cuts and complexity will increase the labour price. You should also include more material for wastage since more cuts will lead to more breakages and the pattern will be less efficient particularly at the edges.

porcelain tiled floor

Sub Floor Preparation

We mentioned earlier that the total cost of flooring needs to include any associated tasks, such as floor levelling, punching down nails and so on.

Clients often ask whether they can fit stone tiles to a suspended floor. You can, but you need a completely rigid sub-floor, otherwise the floor will move and the grout lines (or tiles) will crack. You may need to fit 18mm ply and extra noggings between joists to stiffen the sub-floor. Indeed, you should also fix anti-fracture matting. A ply floor will add several £100s to the price. You may also need to trim the foot of any doors opening into the room if the new floor is higher than before.

If you are laying vinyl floor tiles, a 5mm ply covering over floorboards would provide a flat surface. If you have to include joins in the ply surface, you should also apply a levelling compound to allow the tiles to lay completely flat and square to each other. If the ply sections aren’t quite flush to one another, you may find that tiles near those joins don’t lay flat or may even start to lift.

tiled wet room and drain

other flooring costs (and savings)

First check what your supplier includes in the price. Some will advertise the fitted price; others just the carpet price. You may need to add the price of underlay and gripper rods as well as labour.

You can expect a trade threshold strip as standard; usually aluminimum finished in brass or chrome.  For a more exclusive threshold bar such as oak, these can cost around £15 each. If you have 4 rooms off a landing, this would cost £60.

Some products need an adhesive. Vinyl, porcelain and ceramic tile adhesive is remarkably expensive and fitters are very conscious of this when estimating their price. If the sub-floor is not particularly level, and the tiler has to make up the extra in adhesive, this could add £100+ to the job.

Remember that if your supplier can lay a number of floors at the same time, it will save money, so plan your project efficiently. If your fitter is qualified to fit different floor types, he or she may be able to do two carpets and a small vinyl floor in one day. You may even be able to negotiate a price for a day’s work on this basis.

Ask your carpet supplier if they have any off-cuts. One of our suppliers has a large warehouse stocked with off-cuts, some of which are large enough to fit a small room. You may find that you can fit a very expensive carpet at a fraction of the original price.

cost of flooring from our renovations

The cost of flooring that follows excludes VAT, so you will need to add this at the prevailing rate. We’ve uplifted costs from older projects to their approximate 2016 values, assuming an inflation rate of 3.5%.

cost of Vinyl Floor Tiles

cost of vinyl flooring

Family bathroom – 3m x 2.5m in vinyl tile pattern comprising 9 different tiles

5mm ply – £300

Levelling compound – £150

Vinyl tiles (high-end product with pattern repeat) – £550

Adhesive – £55

Fitting – £290

Threshold bar – £15

Total:  £1360 + VAT

attic en-suite

En-suite shower room – 4m2

5mm ply – £170

Levelling compound – £50

Vinyl tiles (mid-range) – £350

Adhesive – £50

Fitting – £290

Threshold bar – £15

Total:  £925 + VAT

bathroom installation

Family bathroom – 4.4m x 2.5m

5mm ply – £300

Levelling compound – £150

Vinyl tiles (high-end with pattern repeat) – £600

Adhesive – £50

Fitting – £320

Threshold bar – £15

Total:  £1435 + VAT

bathroom vinyl floor tiles

Small bathroom – 2.5m x 2.5m

5mm ply – £150

Levelling compound – £50

Vinyl tiles (high-end in wooden plan design) – £400

Adhesive – £50

Fitting – £330

Threshold bar – £15

Total:  £995 + VAT

bathroom renovation

Small family bathroom 2.5 x 2.5m

5mm ply – £200

Levelling compound – £50

Vinyl tiles (high-end) – £285

Adhesive – £50

Fitting – £235

Threshold bar – £15

Total:  £835 + VAT

contemporary bathroom suite

Large bathroom 2.5m x 4m in vinyl planks.  Cost of flooring:

5mm ply – £350

Levelling compound – £150

Vinyl tiles (high-end in wooden plank design) – £650

Adhesive – £80

Fitting – £320

Threshold bar – £15

Total:  £1565 + VAT

Moduleo vinyl plank flooring

Apartment hallway and living dining area, 24m2 fitted with Moduleo oak effect vinyl planks.

Vinyl planks – £900

Fitting – £650

Adhesive – £90

Feather finish – £60

Delivery – £50

Total – £1800

bathroom with vinyl tile flooring

Apartment bathroom 3m2 fitted with Amtico Spacia stone effect vinyl tiles.

Vinyl tiles – £180

Feature strips – £20

Fitting – £220

Adhesive – £20

Feather finish – £10

Delivery – £40

Total – £500

cost of Vinyl Sheet flooring

No photos, but we have fitted a vinyl sheet to fit a utility space 2m x 2m. Cost of flooring:

Vinyl sheet (mid range) – £132

Fitting – £60

Total:  £192

No photos for kitchen 3m x 1m floor area to cover

Vinyl sheet (mid range) – £200

Fitting – £60

Total:  £260 + VAT

cost of carpets

stripy bedroom carpet

Master bedroom – 4m x 5m

Carpet (high-end), underlay and gripper – £1340

Fitting – £75

Total – £1415 + VAT

home office desk and chair

Only one simple photo (above), but we also fitted a small bedroom and this small study for a total of £570 using quality off-cuts.

bedroom after redecoration

Master bedroom 4m x 5m

Carpet (mid-range) – £750

Underlay and gripper – £275

Fitting – £170

Total:  £1195

No photos, but we fitted the middle bedroom and small back bedroom:

Middle bedroom (2.5m x 3m)

Carpet (mid-range) – £370

Underlay and gripper – £170

Fitting – £110

Total:   £650

Back bedroom (2m x 2m)

Carpet (mid-range) – £330

Underlay and gripper – £150

Fitting – £110

Total:   £590

No photos:

Ground floor bedroom (2m x 3m)

Carpet (high end) – £580

Underlay and gripper – £115

Fitting – £50

Total:   £745

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Bedroom (4m x 6m)

Carpet (high end), underlay and gripper, fitted – £2075

Bedroom (3.5m x 5.5m)

Carpet (high end), underlay and gripper, fitted – £1860

circus sitting room

Large sitting room (8m x 5m) carpet (mid-range), underlay gripper and threshold bars, all fitted – total £2650 + VAT

cost of stair carpet

striped stair carpet

One main flight of stairs and landing all in striped carpet runner.

Carpet (high end) – £670

Underlay and gripper – £250

Fitting – £120

Total:  £1040 + VAT

contemporary striped carpet

One main flight of stairs and landing all in striped carpet runner.

Carpet (high end) – £580

Underlay and gripper – £250

Fitting – £180

Total:  £1010 + VAT

hall and stairs after decoration

One main flight of stairs and landing all in striped carpet runner.

Carpet (mid range) – £375

Underlay and gripper – £225

Fitting – £150

Total:  £750 + VAT

up striped stairs

One main flight of stairs and extended landings – stairs in striped runner, landings fully fitted in plain.

Carpets (mid range) – £680

Underlay, gripper and threshold bars – £280

Fitting – £150

Total:  £1110 + VAT

decorated hall and stairway

This renovation included the staircase above, a shaped landing below and the staircase to the attic conversion (just visible)

stair runner on landing

Carpets (low range) – £600

Underlay, gripper and threshold bars – £280

Fitting – £180

Total:  £1060 + VAT

cost of wooden floors

striped stair carpet runner

Engineered oak floorboards running through hallway into kitchen-diner.  220mm wide boards, 50m2

Boards and materials – £3500

Labour – £3800

Total:  £7300 + VAT

oak floor

Wide, engineered oak floorboards in large music room, 40m2.  Cost of Flooring:

Boards and materials – £1750

Labour – £2000

Total:  £3750 + VAT

stencilled floor

Price to age floor with paint effects (40m2), apply 6 stencils and seal afterwards – £1100 labour and materials.

engineered oak overlay floorboards

14mm engineered oak overlay boards used here over existing floorboards

Boards laid through living room, diner and hall;  secured by secret nailing.  cost of flooring includes:

30m2 at £45 / m2 pre-finished in hard wax oil

Materials – £2100

Fitting – £1550

Total:  £3650 + VAT

parquet flooring

Parquet floor fitted to 3 rooms – 75m2 at £45/m2.

Flooring – £3400

Adhesive – £475

Hardwax oil – £150

Labour – £4000

Total:  c £8000 + VAT

colourful dining room

Wide, engineered oak floorboards, pre-finished in hardwax oil and fitted through living room, hall and dining room on ground floor (40m2)

Boards and materials – £2750

Labour – £3580

Total:  £6330 plus VAT

rustic oak floor boards

and in close up …

aged oak flooring

Rustic, brushed and burned wide floorboards fitted to sitting room (31m2)

Floorboards, including sundries and hardwax oil – £2150

Labour – £2250

Total:  £4400 plus VAT

classic-kitchen-plinth-lighting

Engineered oak floorboards 220 wide by 15mm thick to kitchen (36m2)

Floorboards (pre-finished) including adhesive – £2300

Labour – £1600

Total – £3900 plus VAT

Floor Sanding Prices

large towel warmers

Existing pine floor (3m x 3.5m) repaired (some boards replaced at £25 per sq m), filled, sanded and sealed – £1800

bath kitchen renovation

Existing kitchen pine floor (7m x 2.5m) stripped and sealed;  some boards replaced – £800

More generally, floor sanding works and sealing works out around £30 per sq m for more extensive work.

Cost of Porcelain / Ceramic Floor Tiles

inside a glass extension

Porcelain floor tiles in kitchen diner and patio.  Cost of flooring:

Kitchen porcelain tiles (32m2) – £1800

Patio anti-slip porcelain tiles (21m2) – £1300

Labour including adhesive and grout – £1900

Total:  £5000 + VAT

 

modern kitchen

Porcelain floor tiles extending from kitchen-diner to hallway (78m2) on part-suspended floor, hence anti-fracture mat.

Tiles (budget items) – £1500

100mm skirtings – £180

Tile adhesive – £475

Anti-fracture matting – £730

Matting adhesive – £230

Grout – £90

Labour – £3250

Total:  c £6500 + VAT

grey-kitchen-plinth-lighting

Porcelain kitchen floor tiles on concrete base over wet underfloor heating pipes in screed and anti-fracture matting.  36m2

Tiles – £1100

100mm skirtings – £180

Tile adhesive – £150

Anti-fracture matting – £350

Matting adhesive – £150

Grout – £50

Labour – £1450

Total:  c £3450 + VAT

cost of Natural Stone Floor Tiles

garden room in bath

Natural stone floor tiles in kitchen-diner, garden room (30m2).  Cost of flooring:

Materials – £2400

Labour – £2100

Total:  £4500 + VAT

House Renovation

If you think you may need some assistance with a house renovation in Bath, please give us a call. Ours is a total service from concept through to completion including any building work.

If you’d like guidance on the cost of home renovation in general, read our advice on home renovation costs.

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