You have lots of cheap flooring options as you look to remodel your home or office. You will have to determine which is best for you, based on your own personal situation and needs. In this article, I would simply like to share some of the options you have available and give you a little background on each one. In the list below are some options to keep in mind, starting with the cheapest and ending with the most expensive. Keep in mind this is a general overview of price, and you can find some examples of an expensive flooring option going for a really cheap price. It is intended only as a guideline and should only be viewed as such.
Flooring Options – Cheapest to Most Expensive
Peel and Stick Vinyl: Of course, the prices vary greatly, but if you are looking for cheap flooring options for your home, this is probably one of the best places to start. Not only are they inexpensive to purchase, but self-adhesive tiling is DIY installation friendly, so it can save money that way as well. You can find many different options ranging in price from fifty cents per square foot and up. How much you decide to spend is up to you, but in general, this will be the lowest price you are likely to find.
Vinyl Sheet: Loose lay vinyl flooring is becoming more popular and is easier than ever to install. Glue down vinyl is somewhat more difficult to install, with the added process, and the glue ads enough to cost to often offset the savings of glue down when compared to loose lay. One of the good things about vinyl flooring is the number of styles, prices, and designs you can find for sale at all home improvement stores and building suppliers. It has been popular for many years and will likely continue to be very popular for years to come, so as long as the design and colors don’t become passé, vinyl will be an accepted form of flooring.
Carpeting: This is another good and cheap carpeting option that you might want to consider. You can find some carpeting for well under one dollar per square foot, but unless the pad is attached, you will have to buy one. In addition to the padding, you will have to either rent or borrow tools for stretching, assuming you don’t have your own. DIY installation is possible, but it’s wise to stick with attached pad, so it’s pre-stretched and easier to work with. Attached pad, however, is generally not nearly as thick and nice, so the carpet will not be quite as soft under the feet and will be more prone to crushing and matting in high traffic areas.
Laminate Wood: You can find cheap laminate wood flooring about as cheap as carpet, but for the most part, it is a little more expensive. Most laminate flooring will require a pad to be purchased, which acts as a vapor barrier, provides a little cushioning, and reduces noise. This is pretty DIY friendly for the average person with basic carpentry skills. There is some waste that you will incur while using this product, which is impossible to completely eliminate. In addition, you will want to have several extra planks on hand to repair damage.
Ceramic Tiling: This is more expensive, for the most part, than the others because of the additional expenses you will need to pay for when you go to install. You can find it well under one dollar per square foot, but after install, even if you do it yourself, you can expect it to go up a lot more. Mortar, grout, sealer, hardboard, and lots of prep work are required to complete the project. This flooring option in particular is one that you must really look at the entire cost and not just the initial purchase price. This one is not quite as DIY friendly as the others.
Hardwood Flooring: You can find it prefinished or unfinished, depending on what you want. It is going to run you at least three dollars per square foot for anything of any kind of quality, and the price can easily eclipse 15 dollars per square foot with and exotic wood species and installation costs. Still, few things can beat the natural beauty of a hardwood floor, which is why it remains very popular today. While it might be more expensive, it does last for many years, although maintenance is required in the form of sanding, buffing, and refinishing to make it look great for years to come. It is likely to remain in fashion for many years to come, especially with anyone that like the country look for interior design.
Reclaimed Hardwood: You would think since reclaimed hardwood flooring is just used, it would be cheaper. That generally isn’t the case. In fact, you can fully anticipate paying 8-10 dollars per square foot, even for oak or maple. As you look at other species the price will increase even more. It is high priced because it has design appeal and flaws are actually viewed as character marks that can add to the price. You have to be careful with reclaimed wood, but it can look really beautiful in almost any home, especially if a rustic or country interior design style is wanted.
Granite and Marble: The upfront cost for Granite and Marble tile doesn’t appear to make it high enough to be one of the most expensive options. You can, on rare occasion, find either for around 3 or 4 dollars per square foot, but for a quality stone, you can expect to pay almost double that. Like ceramic, there are a lot of other costs associated with it, whether you go with tile or large slab sheets. Either way, it will be a very expensive remodeling project.
As you can see, you do have some expensive and cheap flooring options available as you look to remodel or build a new home.