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Before You Buy It: What To Know About Vinyl Flooring in 2019

Jul 10, 2019 1:55:00 PM / by Rob Lewis


Let me guess, you’re here because you heard that vinyl is a great waterproof option for your home?


Sheet Vinyl



Maybe you heard that it is one of the best floors that hold up against scratches from kids and pets?


No matter your needs, vinyl flooring can deliver quality results in budget-friendly prices. The soaring vinyl sales reflect its durability, utility and design and how all of these greatly benefit the home or office space you'll find it in!






The Variables of the Final Cost

  1. The Price of the Product
  2. Cost of Materials
  3. Cost, Time and Labor of Install
  4. How to Take Care of Vinyl



Vinyl Panels




As with most other cost articles, I cannot tell you the exact  final cost you’ll end up paying, so -


Beware the Short Answer!


The final cost doesn’t stop at how much you’ll be spending on the product itself! There are plenty of other variables to consider before making a final decision based on product averages, and there could be unforeseen problems with installation.





Price of Vinyl Flooring


As a buyer, you have some options that you can pick from to fit your needs, budget, and design:


LVT - Luxury Vinyl Tile………. $1.00 - $5.50 per square foot


LVP - Luxury Vinyl Plank……….. $1.00 - $5.50 per square foot


WPC - Wood Plastic Composite Vinyl……….. $3.50 - $7.50 per square foot


SPC - Stone Plastic Composite Vinyl………. $2.50 - $5.50 per square foot


You can spend as much as you want when it comes to flooring, which is why it’s always good practice to include consulting your local retailers as a part of your research. Doing so helps the cost stay within your budget, and you’ll quickly get a sense of the type of vinyl best suited for your needs!


For example, is waterproof flooring your top priority?

SPC is the best waterproof option you can get right now because of the limestone used in the core.

The core of WPC is a vinyl composite that has air bubbles inside of it that allow some give underfoot, and it allows the planks to breathe helping moisture escape.




Materials to Install Vinyl


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Fortunately, most vinyl products don’t require a lot of time or materials to install making it a flooring material that is easy for anyone to install.


Many vinyl products are installed via the click-lock method - where each plank can simply be attached by hand. Other products, mostly vinyl tile and LVT, require adhesive and often use grout to separate the tiles. These types of projects are also easy for beginners but require a little more research, know-how, and materials.



Here are some common materials you can expect to pay for when installing vinyl:

  • Adhesive (about $12 per container) - Used to glue down the vinyl tiles.
  • Grout (about $20 per container) - Grout has a bad habit of absorbing moisture, allowing moisture to reach the adhesive underneath. If that happens, you’re asking for damage! Keep an eye on how often it is exposed to water.
  • Caulking (about $5 per container) - It is also good to have this on hand especially if you are installing the vinyl in a bathroom. Making sure to protect the sub-floor by caulking any gaps is a must for vinyl tile.
  • Underlayment (about $0.40 per square foot) - Underlayment is the material attached underneath vinyl planks that provide moisture protection depending on the material (don’t go to cork-backed for moisture protection) as well as sound dampening. Most vinyl planks come with this already attached and part of the normal price, but sometimes it isn’t pre-attached.
  • Transitions / Mouldings / Baseboards (price varies) - These are the parts of the floor that allow for a transition between rooms or bridge the gap between the floor and your wall. You can pick different designs that match just the way you want.

Whether you’re tackling the job by yourself or letting some professionals take care of it, you should expect to pay for these materials.



Cost Of Install - Time To Install - Labor Of Install

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For vinyl, you can install it yourself or have it installed for you! If you install it yourself, you’ll only have to worry about the materials you’ll need for the job. If you opt to have it installed for you, you must consider the materials and the cost of labor for the installers.


The cost of labor is different for every job, every region, every business, every day, every home, everything. It’s impossible to give a definitive answer on how much it will cost for installers to do the job for you but I can stress that you take those costs into consideration!


The time it takes to install varies on a case by case basis. The time it takes to install any project does affect the final cost.


Here you might ask, “Well how much more will it cost, Bob? If that is your real name?”


And here is where I say my catchphrase, “It depends!”

Here is the best answer I can give you right now: the more labor required, the longer it will take, the more it will cost.

There may be a situation that arises during installation that will require even more work or a totally different project to be taken care of before the installers can continue.

If your sub-floor is lovely, there will be less prep and therefore less money you have to pay. If your sub-floor is decomposing, it will be more expensive.


The Maintenance





How to Take Care of Vinyl


Fortunately, vinyl is usually just as easy to take care of as it is to install.


More attention is needed for vinyl tile because if one tile gets damaged, you risk damaging the surrounding tiles if you decide to just replace the one.


This doesn’t mean that if one of your vinyl tiles is busted that you need to redo the whole floor, but if you don’t have a lot of experience in replacing that type of flooring, consult the professionals on the best course of action.


Say you have a busted tile in the center of the floor. Your next move is going to have to be removing all of the surrounding pieces in order to get to the busted one! The same goes (probably moreso) for vinyl plank!


Luckily, beyond making replacements, the routine maintenance is light work. Use the manufacturer recommended cleaning products for any unusual or serious messes, stay away from bleach and acids as they may damage the finish on the boards and keep up on the sweeping, mopping and spot cleaning spills!



The Take-Away


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Whether you want to tackle the job yourself or hand it off to the pros, you must be prepared financially, mentally, and prepared for the time it will take. Allotting yourself more time than you expect to anticipate things taking longer than expected or just simply going wrong. Things happen!


The financial investment your making for your new floors isn’t to be taken lightly. No matter your situation, the best way to prepare yourself for the coming projects is to be as familiar as humanly possible.



Topics: cost, vinyl, installation, maintenance, time

Rob Lewis

Written by Rob Lewis