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If your carpet has seen better days, or your kitchen floor desperately needs updating, you might be pining for a new surface underfoot.
Vinyl flooring is easy to maintain and is hard-wearing – great for high traffic areas. But what is the full cost of vinyl flooring installation in the UK, and is it something you could easily do yourself?
Having been in a new-build for the past 7 years, I'm looking for something inexpensive to replace the carpet in our entrance hall. Something that's durable, easy to clean and looks great. Here's what you need to consider.
Made from glass fibre and a foam layer underneath, vinyl flooring is a great option if you're looking for comfort and insulation. Its make-up means a greater reduction in noise than you'd get with laminate, or slate tiles, for example.
With a durable wear layer set on top of a realistic printed decor, it's also water-resistant, making it a great place for kitchens and bathrooms.
Luxury vinyl flooring (LVT) is 100% waterproof and is manufactured with a click fitting system, making DIY easier.
If you're looking to keep your costs down, you might well consider fitting the floor yourself. But, before we look into that, it's worth finding out how much you could be paying a professional to do the work for you.
You need to work out whether you have the time to install the flooring yourself. Think about the potential disruption it could bring to the day to day running of your home, especially if you can't complete the job in one go.
If you decide you'd rather pay a qualified tradesperson, consider some of the other costs that may be involved, as mentioned below. If the fitter is going to pass on the cost of taking up and disposing of your old flooring, you might wish to keep the bill low by doing this bit yourself.
The following prices are intended as a guide only. Costs include labour and materials but are exclusive of VAT. *Prices based on a guide by ‘Which?’, published June 2018.
Average Time to Complete Job
Fit vinyl flooring - small room
Approximate room size 2.1m x 2.2m
£145 - £180
1 - 2 hours
Fit vinyl flooring - medium room
Approximate room size 3.3m x 3.0m
£240 - £280
Fit vinyl flooring - large room
Approximate room size 4.08m x 3.0m
£320 - £400
2 - 3 hours
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As Ben Hillman discusses in the video below, there are a number of things to be mindful of when fitting new flooring yourself:
If you don't feel comfortable with carrying out this type of job yourself, you can find a trusted expert through Rated People.
As an advocate of DIY and keeping costs down, I'm certainly tempted to do this myself. The tutorial videos provided above make the process seem fairly straightforward.
However, you need to choose the right course of action for you. Ultimately, your decision will be down to your time and availability, confidence in your ability to do the job, and your budget.
If hiring a professional is the best option for you, Rated People can help you find a trustworthy tradesman.
Perhaps you've already had experience fitting a vinyl floor. If so, how did it go? Let us know in the comments below, and please share!
Fiona Chapman is a copywriter and lifestyle blogger. With a keen interest in property and home decor, she’s passionate about keeping costs down. When not writing you’ll find her working on her latest craft, or chasing her unruly children