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 hard-wearing – great for high-traffic areas. But how much does vinyl flooring installation cost in the UK, and is it something you could easily do yourself?
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What is Vinyl Flooring?
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.
DIY or Hire a Professional to Fit Your Vinyl Flooring?
You might consider fitting the floor yourself to keep costs down. But, before we look into that, it’s worth finding out how much you could pay a professional to do the work.
You must 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 will 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.
Professional Vinyl Floor Installation: What to Consider
- As well as the cost for disposing of waste mentioned above, there will also be a charge for removing and disposing of existing underlay at an approximate cost of £35 – £65 per room*.
- A professional fitter will expect furniture to be moved before laying the floor. This is something they could do for you but will likely charge. Make sure you get them to include this in the quote.
- There may also be a minimum charge for laying your new floor, so if you are looking at a small area, consider this when weighing up the costs of a professional vs fitting it yourself.
- Obtain a selection of quotations. Ask for a price breakdown and for the above costs to be included if applicable. You’ll want them to show individual costs for labour, materials, waste disposal etc., to make price comparison easier.
- Don’t necessarily go for the cheapest option. Ask to see reviews or testimonials.
- Get a price for the complete job, not the per-hour rate.
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.
|Job Type/Size||Details||Average Cost||Cost Range||Time|
|Fit vinyl flooring – small room||Approximate room size 2.1m x 2.2m||£163||£145 – £180||1 – 2 hours|
|Fit vinyl flooring – medium room||Approximate room size 3.3m x 3.0m||£260||£240 – £280||2 hours|
|Fit vinyl flooring – large room||Approximate room size 4.08m x 3.0m||£360||£320 – £400||2 – 3 hours|
DIY Vinyl Floor Installation: What to Consider
As Ben Hillman discusses in the video below, there are several things to be mindful of when fitting new flooring yourself:
- Firstly, ensure there is no debris or protruding objects, e.g. floor nails, as these will show through once the floor has been laid.
- Check for damp before laying your floor. Any sign of damp will need to be rectified first.
- Repair any existing surface damage to ensure an even and tidy finish.
- Record the length and width of the area to be covered, including doorways and recesses.
- Add 75ml to each vinyl sheet edge to allow for cutting and trimming.
- Leave your vinyl flooring to acclimatise in the intended room for 24 hours. Turn off any underfloor heating.
- Avoid joins in wet areas to prevent water from getting underneath the vinyl.
- Some types of sheet vinyl require full adhesion to the floor, while others may only need a perimeter bond using double-sided tape. Check the product for the manufacturer’s instructions. You may also need an adhesive spray.
- Bathrooms and kitchens need a silicone sealant around the edges to avoid water ingress. Add a trim between the floor and the wall for a neat finish in areas such as hallways or living rooms. You will also need to install a threshold bar in the doorway to complete the finish.
- For a full tutorial on fitting sheet vinyl, check out this video from B&Q.
- As LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tiles) have a fit-and-click system, the process will differ from that described above. Check out this video for information on fitting LVT instead of sheet vinyl.
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Vinyl Flooring Installation Cost UK – Final Thoughts
As an advocate for DIY and keeping costs down, I’m certainly tempted to do this job myself. The tutorial videos above make the process seem fairly straightforward.
However, you need to choose the right course of action for you. Ultimately, your decision will depend on your time, availability, and, most importantly, your confidence to do the job well and within budget.
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