Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Rob Schneider
What type of flooring material do you want to use? Our hipages article, what to Look for when choosing flooring gives valuable flooring suggestions. Aside from choosing the appropriate flooring material, you need to consider the cost of carpet and flooring, too. Our cost guide will help you make the right decision.
Carpeting costs can be deceptive. Many companies quote square metre rates because a carpet seems cheaper by the square metre than by the broadloom metre. A broadloom metre is 3.66 metres wide by a metre in length. Many customers aren't aware of the size of a broadloom metre and assume it's the same as a square metre.
Before you decide on the cost of a carpet, you may need to do a little maths. When you get quotes for carpeting, one retailer may charge by the square metre while another will charge by the broadloom or lineal metre. If they charge by the lineal metre, they should specify the width of the carpet. Some carpets can be up to 4 metres wide while others will be the traditional broadloom width of 3.66 metres. Let's say one carpet supplier charges $60 per square metre for their carpet. Multiply that number by 3.66 and you get $219.60 per broadloom metre. If another company charges by the broadloom metre, you can accurately compare their prices.
Now you have to calculate the square metres of the room you want to carpet. It's good to keep broadloom metres in mind when you calculate your cost because most rooms are not 3.66 metres wide or long. You'll need to factor some waste into your calculations.
How much does carpeting cost? It depends on the type of carpeting. The cost of any type of carpeting also depends on the thickness (or density) of the carpet and the height of the carpet. Other factors can be the type of twist, the colour and the quality of the carpet. These are some examples you can use as a guide (supply only):
Use these prices as a guide only. You might pay more or less for your carpeting. However, these prices show how great the range of carpeting costs can be. For information about the approximate costs of carpet laying, read How Much Does Carpet Laying Cost?
Linoleum (lino) is one of the least expensive types of flooring materials you can buy. It starts at around $30/$40m2 and can go up to $65m2. Lino generally comes in rolls, which makes DIY laying a little difficult. You may make inaccurate measurements or create bubbles in the lino.
Vinyl comes in sheets, but also comes in tiles and planks. Today's vinyl flooring is often made with photorealistic images that can include wood grains. These are usually sold in "plank" form: long, relatively narrow strips that are designed to fit together.
Vinyl prices depend on the quality of the product. Budget vinyl can cost less than lino, but you may not be happy with what you get. Better quality vinyl starts at about the same price per square metre as lino and goes up from there. The best quality vinyl flooring will have four layers:
What you pay will depend on the quality of the product you buy. Vinyl planks can start at around $16m2 while better quality planks with an acoustic layer may cost around $45-$65m2 or more. Vinyl tiles cost about the same as better quality planks, with the average cost being around $55-$60m2. These prices do not include installation, which usually costs $20 to $35m2 depending on your location and the service you choose.
Laminate flooring usually has a timber veneer or bamboo layer topped by a protective layer. If you want the look of real timber, but can't install solid timber floorboards, laminate flooring is the ideal solution.
Laminate flooring can be glued to a base or some types of laminate flooring do not need to be glued. Usually unglued laminate flooring includes an underlay and the floorboards snap together. When laid, they stay firmly in place. Glueless laminate flooring is often called a "floating floor" because it "floats" on top of the underlay.
Underlay ranges in price from as little as $2.00m2, but it's advisable to get a better quality underlay, which will cost between $5.00 and $10.00m2. Laminate flooring also has a broad price range, from around $15m2 for inexpensive 8mm thick flooring to a starting price of around $18-$20m2 for 12mm thick boards. The best quality laminate flooring costs up to $100m2, but you may not need to pay that much. Good quality timber laminate floating floorboards can cost around $40m2. For further information about floating floors, read How Much Does Floating Floor Installation Cost?
Tile floors are perennially popular. How much do they cost, though? As a general rule:
These prices are for supply only. Tiles should only be laid by professional tilers. They generally charge by the square metre and may base their charges on the complexity of the project. Depending on the job, they might charge $35m2 for a simple job and up to $120m2 for a complex job that requires patterns, designs and multiple colours or sizes of tiles.
Polished concrete floors are becoming more popular in Australian homes. If you have an existing concrete slab, it can be polished or resurfaced. Concretors who specialise in polished concrete floors are in demand for new home builds because they can pour your slab and polish your floors for you.
Why would you want polished concrete floors? Our hipages article, 7 Benefits of Concrete Floors will tell you why they are becoming so popular. Aside from beauty and durability, a polished concrete floor can be a cost-effective flooring option. A "grind and seal" treatment on an existing slab costs between $50 and $75 per square metre, which is comparable to other types of flooring.
How Much Do Polished Concrete Floors Cost? goes into more details about the three methods concretors use and their costs. In general, a whole house can have polished concrete floors for around $5000 depending on the size of the house and the method used. Get quotes from concrete grinding services to find out how much your polished concrete floors will cost.