The Average Flooring Cost Per Square Foot Depends on What You’re Putting Down

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When you are looking to renovate, the first cost you need to address is flooring. After all, it’s the largest surface you’ll need to cover with something other than paint. Most experts and contractors agree that while factors such as labor costs are important (and can fluctuate by location), they aren’t nearly as vital as the type of flooring used.

Based on an average estimate, installing kitchen flooring can cost you anywhere between $3 and $22 per square foot, and the range widely varies based on the choice of material. That’s why you need to know precisely what the flooring cost per square feet is to calculate the overall price.
Here are the main types of flooring and their costs:

Tiles

The cost of tile depends widely on the material. For example, ceramic tiles can cost around $1 to $3 per square foot. On the other hand, porcelain tiles can drive the cost up to $7 to $10 per square foot. If you get the tiles installed by a professional, you can expect to pay between $886 and $2,858.

Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is on the pricier side: you can expect to pay between $7 to $15 for materials. For most projects, the total cost of installation lies between $6 to $12 per square foot as quoted by most hardwood flooring installers.

Laminate

With the demand for laminate flooring increasing, the base cost has also risen. However, the flooring cost per square foot is around $2 to $8. The total cost of installation including labor, however, costs around $4 to $8 per square foot including foam underlay and glue.

Linoleum

The cost of sheet linoleum is between $5-7 per square foot. Overall, if you add in installation costs, the total cost per square foot to add linoleum flooring is approximately $3 to $10.

Natural stone

With natural stone, you are making a somewhat pricey flooring investment for your kitchen. Per square foot, the materials cost will put you between $2-$15 per square foot. However, for installation, without any removal, you can expect to pay between $7 and $18 for natural stone.

Marble

Marble is fast becoming a popular option, and the total flooring cost per square foot will depend on the kind of marble you choose. For basic options, the estimate is around $8 to $10. However, if you have your eye on specialty marble, the price can shoot up to $50 per square foot. The national average flooring cost per square foot to install marble lies between $10 to $20 when done by a professional.

Whichever option you end up choosing, make sure it’s one that will stand the test of time, so you don’t have to replace your floors anytime soon.

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