Last Updated Feb 9, 2018 · Written by Craig Gibson
Love the look of stone or timber flooring, but can’t afford it?
Vinyl floor tiles are a great option. They look just like the real thing and are easy to install and clean. And before you turn your nose be aware that vinyl flooring has come a long way from a decade or more ago - when it had a reputation for being cheap and nasty.
But how much do vinyl floor tiles cost? Let’s do the sums…
Vinyl flooring contains polyvinyl chloride, a chemical plastic, sometimes referred to as PVC. It consists of a number of layers, including a protective coating, wear layer, printed graphic or design, core and backing. The best quality vinyl flooring will have four layers:
Vinyl floor tiles have quite a few pros going for them, including price and convenience.
Besides being one of the most cost effective flooring options out there, peel-and-stick vinyl tiles are also very easy to lay, non-porous and flexible. Modern production techniques mean that vinyl flooring comes in a multitude of colours and designs, with photorealistic details that look like stone, timber or ceramic finishes. And because vinyl floors are exceptionally thin, you can also lay them on top of any existing floor coverings. It is also moisture and stain resistant, easy to repair and endures heavy traffic well.
Read more: Maintaining Your Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring typically comes in sheets, but also comes in tiles and planks. For supply and installation, expect to pay around:
What you pay will depend on the quality of the product you buy. Vinyl planks can start at around $16 per square metre, while better quality planks with an acoustic layer may cost around $45 to $65 per square metre or more. Vinyl tiles cost about the same as better quality planks, with the average cost being around $55 to $60 per square metre.
If you’re an experienced DIYer, you may be able to install vinyl floor tiles yourself. If so, you’ll save on installation costs. Vinyl floor tiles are sold by the square metre – anywhere from $18 to $50 or more per square metre. What you pay for vinyl floor tiles depends on the look you want to achieve and the quality of the tiles. So it pays to shop around and get an idea of what you want to achieve, before you buy. You can then compare similar tiles from a range of manufacturers.
It's also a good idea to take a closer look at the warranty before choosing vinyl floor tiles for high traffic areas. Better quality tiles will outlast most cheaper brands and come in designer colours and patterns that can't be matched by the limited ranges available at lower price points.
Find a local Vinyl and Laminate Installers now
When it comes time to hiring an installer, take time to make sure they are right for your job. Some questions to ask them include:
It's always best to get quotes from local vinyl floor installers in order to make a fair comparison.
Then you can compare the business’ expertise and the quote inclusions and exclusions. These might include removing old tiles, preparing the surface for the new tiles, and sealing or polishing. Just be sure not to choose on cost alone. Flooring is an eye-catching element of the home, so it pays to pick a tiler who is experienced and can create a look you’ll love, now and into the future. Make sure you ask them what the quote includes, specifically:
Their quote should be itemised and include everything you need to get the job done.