Laminate Flooring Cost Comparison Guide

Compare the Price of Laminate Flooring by Brand, Retailer and Quality. Calculate the Cost to Install and Repair Laminate Flooring

As our name suggests, LaminateFlooringCosts.com is concerned with just one thing, bringing homeowners accurate pricing and cost data for buying and installing laminate flooring. The total cost of your laminate flooring project can be broken down simply into two areas, the cost of buying your laminate floor and the price of installation.  Our laminate flooring prices have been gathered from major national retailers and installation costs have been calculated via our network of professional installers, industry data, customer submitted prices and our own experience from more than 15 years in the business. We update our information monthly so you can always be assured that you are getting current pricing.

On this page we have outlined a breakdown of installation costs but for a more in-depth price guide to every aspect of installation please visit out dedicated installation cost page. And you can also find further information on laminate flooring repair.

These cost estimates will allow you to calculate the approximate budget you will need for your flooring project. You should use these calculations as a guide and then approach qualified laminate flooring professionals for precise estimates that reflect your exact requirements.

With this guide you can calculate:

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Laminate Flooring Prices Sorted by Leading Brands

Here is a list of laminate flooring prices from the major brands. You’ll find flooring from these manufacturers wherever you shop – in a flooring store, home improvement store or online.

Every brand makes a good/better/best range of flooring to offer pricing attractive to every consumer. You’ll occasionally find wholesale laminate flooring online, but the selection is often small or you might have to be a contractor to get the wholesale price. This laminate flooring cost chart shows prices per square foot.

 Leading Laminate Brands
Good
Better
Best
Wholesale
Armstrong $1.40-$2.00 $1.90-$3.00
$2.85-$4.75
$1.25-$2.25
Shaw $0.95-$2.10 $2.00-$3.35
$3.20-$4.65
$0.80-$2.15
Mohawk $1.45-$2.15 $2.00-$3.35
$3.25-$4.50
$1.15-$2.30
Mannington $1.75-$2.65 $2.50-$4.00
$3.90-$5.25
$1.25-$2.50
Pergo $2.15-$3.35 $3.15-$4.50
$4.00-$5.25
$1.35-$2.75
Quick-Step $1.00-$1.85 $1.75-$3.35
$3.10-$4.65
$0.85-$2.50

Laminate Flooring Prices Sorted by Major Retailer

Your local home improvement store and one of the largest sellers of home building materials sell laminate flooring in a range of prices.

The Home Depot carriers Pergo, one of the top-rated brands that most retailers carry. It is also the exclusive seller of two additional brands, TrafficMaster and The Home Decorators Collection. The laminate flooring cost range that covers the majority of products from the Home Depot is $1.85-$2.75 per square foot.

Lowes also sells Pergo, and the current price for all styles from that manufacturer are $2.49-$2.79 except for special orders. You can only shop at Lowes for laminate flooring from Allen & Roth, SwiftLock from Armstrong and Style Selections. The last brand is sold exclusively by Lowes. Apart from Pergo, most laminate flooring prices at Lowes are in the range of $1.00-$1.70 per square foot.

Mohawk, Shaw, Tarkett and Islander Flooring are the brands you’ll find at Menards. While this retailer has both cheaper and more expensive laminate flooring, the majority of its products cost $1.15-$2.00 per square foot.

Online retailer Build Direct (builddirect.com) stocks the most brands of any seller in this list. Shop collections from Armstrong, Lamton, Cavero, Kronotex, Islander Flooring, Tropical, Toklo and Golden Elite. Laminate flooring cost for most products falls between $1 and $2 per square foot though the best laminate from Build Direct costs as much as $4 per square foot.

Laminate Flooring Prices Sorted by Quality

As we’ve noted, the quality of laminate flooring products varies significantly. Here are laminate floor costs per square foot and what you get for the money in each category.

Good: $0.65-$1.75 sq/ft
Better: $1.50-$2.75 sq/ft
Best: $2.50-$5.00+ sq/ft
Direct-pressure laminate

AC Rating of 1 or 2

Low-traffic/barefoot areas

Thin wear layer

Total thickness of 3-7mm

8-15 years of durability

Direct-pressure laminate

AC Rating of 2 to 4

Moderate-traffic areas

Medium wear layer

Total thickness of 6-10mm

12-20 years of durability

High-pressure laminate

AC Rating of 5

Moderate/high-traffic areas

Thick wear layer

Total thickness of 10-15mm

17-30 years of durability

Price of Laminate Underlayment

When buying your floor don’t forget to factor in the cost of underlayment for laminate flooring, either in the form of a foam floor padding, cork underlayment or a vapor/moisture barrier if required.

In most cases buying laminate underlayment is essential for improving the comfort and performance of your flooring, the exception to this are the laminate flooring products which are sold with pre-attached underlayment. Pergo is a good example of a manufacturer that sells laminate flooring with attached underlayment.

A moisture barrier or vapor barrier is different from a laminate floor padding and is required when you are laying laminate anywhere that damp may be an issue. Typically in a basement or over a concrete slab. Laminate is not waterproof and will swell if any moisture gets into it.

The average cost for laminate foam underlay ranges between $0.15 and $0.65 per sq/ft. Prices in the higher range reflect thicker underlayment with greater noise insulation.

The average cost for cork underlayment which can also be used with laminate flooring is between $0.30 and $0.70 per sq/ft. Price depends entirely on the thickness of the cork underlay which ranges between 2 – 6 mm.

The average cost for a standalone moisture/vapor barrier is between $0.08 and $0.18 per sq/ft. You can get 2 in 1 underlayments that offer both a vapor layer and padding and they are typically in the $0.25 to $0.50 per sq/ft price range.

Popular Laminate Buying Questions:

There are some standard questions that many first time buyers of laminate have before they’re ready to purchase their new flooring. We aim to answer those question here. If you don’t see the answer to your question please do contact us and ask

How much time is needed to install laminate flooring?

How long it takes to install laminate flooring depends on the layout and size of the room, but a 12×12 bedroom with closet or 12×20 living room can be completed in 3-5 hours.

What is floating laminate flooring?

A laminate floating floor is one that isn’t fastened to the subfloor. The laminate planks snap together to form a strong, durable floor.

How much flooring will I need to buy?

To work out how much laminate flooring you need to buy first calculate the square footage of each room by measuring and multiplying the length and width of the floor. For example, a room that is 15’x12’ requires 180 square feet of flooring plus about 5% extra for trimming waste.

How much floor will one box of laminate flooring cover?

Laminate flooring is sold by the box and each box typically contains 20-25 square feet of flooring, varying slightly depending on the thickness of the flooring. So if you need 180 sq/ft of laminate then 10 boxes should cover the flooring you need, wastage and leave you with spare flooring for future repairs.

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Installation Cost Breakdown

When we put together laminate flooring installation estimates, we break down the costs for the homeowner to examine. It’s important that they know – and you know – exactly where the money is being spent.

The cost for a 2-person crew to install your laminate floor is $70-$85 per hour. A 2-person crew with good experience will install an average of 15-20 square feet of flooring per hour. That will give you an idea of how long your installation job will take. We can also use this information to determine a price per square foot for installation.

Labor Costs: $3.50-$5.50 per square foot

The installer will use supplies, materials and equipment for the installation and will pass along its cost to you. These extras include underlayment, fasteners, adhesives, spaces, sealer and supplies for equipment such as cutting blades.

Supplies Costs: $0.50-$1.35 per square foot

When the basic price of labor is combined with the cost of extras, we’re left with this range for the installation cost of laminate flooring.

Total Cost: $4.00-$6.75 per square foot

Laminate Floor Installation Cost by Location

Laminate installation costs vary slightly from city to city based on the relative cost of living as well as supply and demand. Local contractors try to set their prices in such a way as to remain competitive in their bids while maximizing profit.

Costs also vary according to the complexity of the work in addition to who is doing the work. All of these factors are reflected by the price ranges in the table below.

Average Cost of Laminate Installation Per Square Foot by City:

 City
Low
High
Dallas, TX $4.00 $5.25
Atlanta, GA $4.15 $5.25
Orlando, FL $4.25 $5.50
Phoenix, AZ $4.40 $5.50
Denver, CO $4.50 $5.65
Chicago, IL $4.70 $5.75
Seattle, WA $4.75 $5.75
Los Angeles, CA $4.95 $6.00
Washington, DC $5.15 $6.35
San Francisco, CA $5.35 $6.55
New York, NY $5.60 $6.75

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Additional Laminate Flooring Costs

You’re probably thinking, “what, more costs?” There are a few miscellaneous expenses that might become a part of the laminate flooring cost estimate you receive. Here they are:

  • Removal and disposal of old flooring: $0.35-$1.30 per square foot
  • Delivery of new flooring: Free to $250
  • Disconnecting, moving and reconnecting appliances: $20-$40 per appliance
  • Moving furniture in and out of rooms: $30 and up per room depending on what is in it
  • Installation on stairs: $50-$80 per stair
  • Extra flooring: You might already be aware of this, but you should order more material than the square footage to be covered. The extra will cover waste, a miss-cut plank or two and material for future repairs. If you are hiring flooring pros, then about 5% extra laminate will be needed. DIY installers should order 8% to 10% extra material to compensate for material wasted while ascending the learning curve.

Total Cost of Buying and Installing New Laminate

Using the information and estimates above you can now start to calculate a pretty good approximation of the total budget necessary for your project.

In the following table we now provide a further overview of the price ranges you should expect for your laminate floor material costs, installation costs and a total combined cost. We have taken, for simplicity, an area of 1000 sq/ft to be covered and the figures assume a straight forward installation without any hidden extras (eg no floor removal, extra subfloor prep, stairs etc). The figures do however take into account delivery of materials, underlayment, material surplus to cover waste or future repairs, equipment and supplies. And Good, Better, Best refers to quality of the laminate flooring product from a non-discounted retailer.

 Cost of 1000 SQ/FT New Laminate Installed
Good
Better
Best
Cost of Laminate $1,220 $2,880 $4,450
Cost of Installation $4,100 $5,440 $6,680
Total Cost $5,320 $8,320 $11,130

Customer Submitted Laminate Flooring Prices

The pricing we’ve presented so far reflects average laminate floor costs based on information from professional installers across the country.

Now, it’s time to hear from homeowners like you! We invite you to give other readers a first-hand look at laminate flooring costs by submitting the details of your project. As you see from the list below, we do not share any personal information. Your privacy is always respected and protected.

Please pass along your laminate flooring material and installation costs for the benefit of others who are considering this material for their home or business.  Click here to complete a brief pricing questionnaire. We and other readers like you will appreciate it very much.

 Cost
 Flooring Brand and Type
 City, State
Project Size
$3,100 Mohawk (Festivalle) San Jose, CA
475 sq/ft
Discounted (25%) laminate flooring, professionally installed. Quick and tidy installation at cheap rates
$7,950 Armstrong Chicago, IL 850 sq/ft
Armstrong Premier Classics collection ($2 per sq/ft). Removal of old floor, 3 rooms, hallways and small set of stairs
$4,885 Pergo Max Rockville, MD
580 sq/ft
Laminate $2.50/sq. ft., installation $5.35/sq. ft. plus a few extras like disconnecting and reconnecting a gas range. Material we bought from Home Depot was installed by an independent installer.
$7,100 Lamton Tempe, AZ 740 sq/ft
Lamton New England Collection Laminate ($2.59) with installation in a package deal from a local independent flooring store. Included 5 stairs in our tri-level, removal of old carpet, subfloor installation.

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