Calculate Your Flooring Installation Project Here
We created the most comprehensive flooring installation calculator on the internet. We’ve broken it down to the following:
Step 1 – Start Flooring Calculation
Step 2 – Location, Square Footage, Materials, and Labor
Step 3 – Old Flooring and New Flooring
Step 4 – Get your calculation
Put it all together and we give you the most accurate flooring calculation available.
What a local contractor charges varies wildly based on your location. Sometimes there are many more carpet installers in an area than hardwood installation specialists, in which case one type of floor will cost less to install than another. We do our level best to ensure the most accurate calculation possible.
About This Flooring Calculator
This floor cost calculator presupposes that you already know the square footage of the area you are installing the flooring of. If not, you can learn how to calculate the square footage. There are several factors which are used to determine what it will cost to replace your flooring. Where you are located matters, as sometimes a market is saturated with one type of contractor, while specialists of installation other types of flooring are fewer, and can thereby charge more.
Also, the amount of flooring you are replacing plays a huge role in evaluating the flooring costs. Generally, the smaller the area, the more it will cost on a per square foot basis. Also, the current type of flooring can make the removal more expensive. For instance tile is extremely difficult and time consuming to pull up, while carpet is easier, there may be ‘tack strip holes’ which need to be filled…especially if you are going with a stained concrete finish. This tool takes all of those variables, puts them together, then sends you a custom calculation based on the data you enter.
This flooring calculator collects pertinent pieces of data necessary to extrapolate a rough estimation you could expect to pay to replace your carpet flooring, hardwood floor, laminate flooring, tile flooring, or vinyl flooring, if you hire a local contractor to do the work. This is ‘turn key’ pricing and is all inclusive, however we do NOT guarantee that you will be able to find a contractor who will do the work for the calculation we send you. It is merely an anecdotal calculation to give you a rough approximation. Additionally, we will have a local contractor(s) follow up with you to bid your project.
How You Can Calculate Flooring Costs and Price On Your Own
Estimating your flooring costs is like anything else, it isn’t difficult if you know how. All you have to do is calculate how much your materials will cost and how much your labor will cost.
Do you know what kind of flooring materials you’re going to be using? If so, have you already picked out the style of that flooring? There are many options in the way of colors, finishes, etc which can make your cost per square foot go up or down. The first step in estimating your floor replacement project is to narrow down your choice of flooring material. When you have between one and three it is easier to do the math and understand the costs involved. At that point, simply multiply the square footage by the flooring cost per square foot to arrive at the total materials cost. We recommend adding 10% to this due to incidental needs like curved edges which mean you need a whole new piece, or having to cut the flooring due to the edge needed for a wall.
Calculation of labor isn’t as straightforward as estimating the materials. The reason is that what contractors might charge to remove the current flooring, especially in cases of tile and hardwood, can vary wildly. Installation costs can vary just as much, so we would recommend contacting 2-3 contractors and asking how much they charge per square foot for removal and installation of flooring. Depending on your square footage you might get a discount (usually for projects over 500 sq ft).
Example Formula To Calculate All Flooring Costs
As an example, let’s say I’m replacing my carpeting with tile flooring. The tile I’m installing is $1.50 per square foot and I’m redoing my kitchen which is 250 square feet. A contractor has quoted me a flat $150 feet for ripping up and hauling away my used carpet, and will install the new tile flooring for $3 per square foot. Let’s figure materials first. $1.50 per square foot for the tile multiplied by 250 square feet, which equals $375. Add in 10% and the total for flooring materials comes to $412.50.
For labor, $3 times 250 square feet equals $750. No need to add 10% here. Add in the removal and haul away for the carpeting and the total labor cost is $900.
The total flooring installation price will be the sum of $412.50 for the materials plus $900 for the labor therefore the estimated cost is $1,312.50 (plus applicable taxes).
If you don’t wish to do this all yourself, feel free to scroll up and try out our flooring installation calculator for yourself.
Aspenational.org -American Society of Professional Estimators – How to Estimate the Cost of Commly Used Flooring Systems
WFCA.org – World Floor Covering Association – Carpet, Tile, Stone, Laminate, Hardwood, and Vinyl Flooring Comparisons