As you're considering purchasing vinyl flooring for your home, you may be wondering how you can estimate how much the flooring will cost to purchase and install.
Here's a very short primer that may help you.
First of all, you'll need to keep in mind that the cost will be more than just the amount you pay to purchase the vinyl flooring itself. You'll have to factor in labor costs. Will you be laying the vinyl yourself or will you hire someone to do it for you? If you hire someone, will you be asking him or her to remove your old flooring, or will your vinyl go right on top of your old floor?
Still, the cost of tiles or sheets of your new vinyl flooring does have a huge impact on the final cost. The price per tile depends on its size as well as its quality. Most vinyl tiles are sized 18 inches by 18 inches or 12 inches by 12 inches. If you're going to be covering a large area, you could decide on using vinyl sheets, which generally are either six or 12 feet wide.
It's possible to purchase vinyl squares for $1 a pop. But, if you're looking for your floor to last several years, it's best to purchase vinyl flooring of a higher quality — and price. Your best bet probably is to invest in vinyl flooring that runs from $2-$5 a square foot.
As an example, let's say your kitchen is 10 feet by 12 feet. You could expect to pay from $400 to $1000 to purchase vinyl flooring for this space.
As for labor costs, you may want to consider purchasing your vinyl flooring from a company that offers free installation for doing so. Otherwise, you can expect to pay about $1 per square foot for a simple job.
However — isn't there always a however? – if the surface of your sub floor needs work such as smoothing, you can add a higher labor fee to your total. You'll probably want to speak with at least three different installers to get an idea as to cost.
Many vinyl sheets are self-adhesive. However, you may want to consider purchasing special vinyl adhesives for your vinyl flooring that will have high foot traffic. This will help keep the tiles squarely in place. Vinyl adhesive prices can range from $9 to $30.
Tile flooring in your bathroom can go a long way to helping this small but oh-so-important space become beautiful. Bathroom tiles come in many different shapes, sizes, patterns, textures and colors — you'll find tile for any type of decor you seek.
Here are some ideas to help you design your bathroom tile flooring.
If you decide to go with a solid color for your floor, consider adding a tile border of a different color to the floor. You also could create a border by alternating different colors.
Consider a grout color that contrasts with the main color of your tile flooring. Going for a white tile floor? What about using yellow or blue grout? You'll want to be sure you apply sealers to your grout lines in the areas where your floor will receive considerable wear since sealers will preserve and protect your grout's color.
If you're placing tile on your floors and walls, and if the color is the same, consider choosing wall tiles of a different size. Or think about laying the tiles at a diagonal on the wall — this gives you a more interesting effect.
If you do decide to go with one main color, consider adding tiles in different shapes or textures to add interest.
Floral tiles will give your bathroom a Victorian or romantic feel. Consider placing tile flooring in colors such as light blue, green or pink. (You also may want to consider placing a hand-painted ceramic sink in the bathroom to add to the romantic ambience. Perhaps a wooden floor?)
For that South-of-the-Border or Mediterranean feel, place terra-cotta tile flooring in the room. See if you can add some hand-painted tiles to the floors. As for the sink countertop, you might want to place a mix of the hand-painted tiles with a plain color. Aim for warm or earth tones with a splash of color.