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.

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