The average cost ranges to replace house flooring in the UK are:
- Stone Tile: £90 – £135/m²
- Ceramic Tile: £94 – £120/m²
- Solid Wood: £65 – £88/m²
- Engineered Wood: £56 – £72/m²
- Laminate: £40 – £56/m²
- Vinyl and Linoleum: £44 – £76/m²
- Carpet: £35 – £54/m²
An Overview of Home Flooring Costs
|Flooring Type||Materials/M² (1)||Fitting/M² (2)||Average Total Cost/M² (3)|
|Stone Tile||£18 – £110||£40 -£55||£90 – £135 + VAT|
|Ceramic Tile||£44 – £70||£36 – £56||£94 – £120 + VAT|
|Solid Wood||£28 – £95||£24 – £38||£65 – £88 + VAT|
|Engineered Wood||£16 – £80||£24 -£35||£56 – £72 + VAT|
|Laminate||£15 – £40||£15 – £32||£40 – £56 +VAT|
|Vinyl||£18 – £54||£18 – £30||£44 – £76 + VAT|
|Carpet||£24 – £66||£6 – £14||£32 – £50 + VAT|
(1): Materials include the flooring plus underlay and fixings required for fitting the floor.
(2): Fitting is the labour cost to have tradesmen install all flooring materials.
(3): The average total cost is the cost range for the most typical jobs. Costs are lower for cheap materials and higher for high-end materials.
These flooring prices include the flooring, all installation materials such as underlay and adhesive. The supply and fit pricing are listed separately in the table above, so you can compare flooring prices for the materials you’re most interested in for your home.
This flooring replacement cost guide includes detailed information below about:
- Flooring types
- Cost of additional work such as removing old flooring and levelling concrete prior to flooring installation
- Cost factors that determine where on the range your floor replacement cost will fall
- Advice on DIY flooring – The best flooring types for fitting yourself and what skills are required
- Time it takes for fitters to install each flooring type
- The opportunity to get free quotes from some of the best floor fitters in your area
Simply listing the materials doesn’t give a complete picture of your options.
- Stone Tile: Slate, granite, limestone, travertine, marble, quartzite and stone-like quartz.
- Ceramic Tile: Ceramic, porcelain, quarry and terracotta.
- Solid Wood: All species including exotic woods. Wood that is rare or exotic or has special preparation like hand-scraping or special finishes applied after installation costs more than common materials.
- Engineered Wood: All species. Engineered wood is suitable for kitchen refits and bathroom refits and when the flooring is installed on concrete.
- Laminate: All types from affordable to premium
- Vinyl and Linoleum: Vinyl is available in sheets (£), tiles (£-££) (Amtico + Karndean) and luxury vinyl tiles (££-£££) (Amtico + Karndean)
- Carpet: All grades of carpeting from low-budget to luxury.
Potential Additional Work Required
The costs above are for the supply and fitting of the flooring materials including underlay. If priced separately, underlay costs £1.50- £2.50 per square metre.
Here is a list of other costs you might incur.
- Removing old flooring: £50-£200 per room. This involves removing skirting, taking out the flooring and all fixings such as fasteners and adhesive. Waste disposal is included. Carpeting (£50-£60 per room) is easiest to remove. Tile (£100 – £200 per room, even small baths) is the most difficult to remove. All other types are in the middle of the range.
- Leveling concrete underlay: £12-£18 per square metre. Cracked and settled concrete slabs must be levelled before installing the underlay or flooring.
- Floor board replacement: £6-£10 per square metre. When plywood is damaged, it must be replaced before the installation of the flooring.
- Re-installing skirting: £1-£2 per linear metre if re-using the old skirting; £12-£20 per metre if using new skirting.
- Furniture Relocation: £24 – £35 per hour
It is possible that you can negotiate to do some of this work yourself and save the cost.
Floor Replacement Cost Factors
Foor replacement costs from £35 to more than £120 per square metre is a wide range. These cost factors will help you narrow the range for the specifics of your flooring project.
Material and Quality: Which flooring type you select is the biggest factor in price. Even within flooring types, there are basic, better and best materials with widely differing costs.
Job Size: The larger the area to be covered, the lower the cost per square metre.
Job Difficulty: Large areas with an open layout offer easier installation than crowded areas like baths, so cost per square metre is less.
Stairs: Installing flooring on stairs usually has a set fitting price. It ranges from £70-£85 for carpeting, £100-£150 for wood and laminate. Tile, due to the danger of slip and fall injuries, usually isn’t installed on full staircases. For a short set of 1-3 stairs, cost is £100-£200.
Is Floor Installation a DIY Job?
There are some aspects of the work that are hard work but don’t take skill – removing old skirting and flooring and disposing of it. This can save you £100 to £300 depending on the amount of material removed. If you intend to re-use the old skirting, you’ll need to remove it carefully and number each piece sequentially, so as to know what order to reinstall it.
Each flooring type requires specialised tools and techniques ranging from moderate to very difficult.
Moderate: Installing carpet and vinyl square tiles, vinyl planks and laminate and wood flooring that floats. Floating means that the laminate or wood boards are not fixed to the floor. They fit together with tongue and groove. You only have to properly mix long, medium and short piece to optimise aesthetics and trim ends and the last piece against the wall.
Note: Hardwood flooring MUST be acclimated to the indoor climate for 3-7 days before installation, so that it won’t be damaged by humidity changes once it has been installed.
Difficult: Sheet vinyl and linoleum, roll carpeting. The largest challenges with this type of flooring is to lay it out and cut it properly to fit against several walls and around any obstacles. If you mis-cut a piece of wood flooring, you can probably use it somewhere else. If you cut sheet or roll flooring too short, you’ve potentially wasted a lot of material.
Very difficult: Tile of any kind is the hardest flooring to install. That’s why fitting costs are much higher than for other materials. You need specialised tools such as a powered tile cutter, mixing paddle for mortar and grout, a grout float and more. Laying out the tiles and spacers, getting tile lines perfectly straight, choosing the proper grout and mixing it correctly are just a few of the challenges.
Know thyself! Do you have the skills, tools, time and energy required? Watch How-to tutorials on any material you intend to install. Read the manufacturer’s Installation Guide and follow it to the letter.
Floor Replacement Time Schedule
Every job is unique, but here is a general time frame for most floors. Ranges are for a 2-man crew and depend on the size of the job.
- Remove old skirting and flooring: Less than half-day to 1 day.
- Repair the sub floor or pour self-levelling concrete, if needed: 1 to 2 days.
- Install underlay: Half-day to 2 days.
- Install flooring: 1 to 4 days (large tile jobs might take longer)
- Job cleanup – final steps like re-fitting skirting: Less than half-day to 1 day.