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What is the best and cheapest flooring – See More Posts from us – November 13th, 2023

What is the best and cheapest flooring?

Whether you’re in search of the perfect residential flooring or seeking a durable solution for your commercial building, gain insights into commonly used materials. Explore average prices per square foot, installation complexities, and expected lifespan for informed flooring decisions.

5 Affordable Flooring options

1. Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is available in sheets, tiles, and planks, primarily crafted from PVC for robust, waterproof installations throughout your home. With minimal upkeep—routine vacuuming or sweeping and occasional mopping—it stands out as a cost-effective flooring choice. When installed properly, its longevity can extend up to 25 years!

2. Sheet Vinyl

This custom-cut flooring option has undergone significant improvements in design, texture, and quality. Sheet vinyl is typically available in 6′ and 12′ widths, making it weighty and challenging to handle, often requiring professional installation.

Cost: The average price is $1.25 per square foot (excluding installation), while luxury brands can be priced at over $5 per square foot.

3. Plank Vinyl

If you’re seeking an affordable alternative that authentically replicates the look of hardwood or stone, plank vinyl stands out as the most budget-friendly choice. In contrast to sheet vinyl, planks are available in smaller sizes, simplifying the entire installation process. Vinyl planks offer flexibility, allowing for glue-down, peel-and-stick, or click-and-lock installation methods. The installation process is generally user-friendly, even for those new to home improvement projects.

Cost: Prices vary, dependent on your choice between engineered vinyl plank (EVP), luxury vinyl plank (LVP), waterproof vinyl plank (WVP), or rigid core vinyl plank (SVP), a stone composite version ideal for high-traffic areas. On average, prices start at $1.39 per square foot, excluding installation, and can increase based on thickness, quality, and manufacturer guarantee

4. Laminate

Laminate flooring, composed of a composite material, faithfully replicates the appearance of hardwood or stone through a photographic image embossed on its surface. While laminate shares a similar cost range with vinyl sheets, it falls short in terms of durability compared to vinyl. It is not resistant to heat, lacks waterproof properties, and typically has a lifespan of around 10 years. Areas prone to high moisture or water exposure, such as basements, kitchens, or bathrooms, are not recommended for laminate installation.

Laminate is installed as a floating floor, where the pieces click and lock together, eliminating the need for direct glue application to the subfloor. Though adequate preparation time is required, the installation process becomes relatively swift once the pieces start fitting together.

Cost: The average cost of laminate flooring is $2.50 per square foot, excluding installation. Prices may vary based on the materials chosen and the guarantees offered by the manufacturer.

5. Refinish Your Floors

If a full floor replacement isn’t feasible, there are cost-effective ways to refresh your existing floor. Wood floors can undergo a remarkable transformation with a touch of paint or varnish. Concrete surfaces can achieve a fresh appearance with specialized paint and sealant, while tiles can be revitalized by renewing the grout. Regardless of your budget, achieving an updated look is possible without breaking the bank.

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