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Average Flooring Costs

Carpet Flooring costs 

  • $55 - $130+ per m2

Tiling costs

  • $90 - $360+ per m2

Vinyl Flooring costs

  • Product: $60 - $75+ per m2
  • Installation: $50 - $65+ per m2

Solid timber floor costs

  • From $100 per m2, plus installation

Carpet Floors Vs Timber Flooring

Carpet Floors

Types of Carpet Flooring

The options are nearly endless when it comes to replacing the carpets in your home. You can choose from a wealth of styles, colors and lengths to either match your current home décor or inspire a new sense of style in your home. With all of the information available, you might find yourself overwhelmed. Visit your local carpet supplier or homewares studio and take a look at the options available to you. When choosing carpet for your home, it is important to consider the traffic patterns of your home, your current home design and budget.

Cut Pile

Cut Pile carpet is among the most popular carpet options for a home. A cut pile carpet has the traditional appearance of yarn that stands straight up. It is affordable, easy to install and easy to clean.

Cut and Loop Pile

Cut and Loop Pile carpet is a close relative of cut pile carpet. It combines both cut carpet fibers, as well as in-tact looped fibers. This allows the carpet to have a slightly sculptured appearance and extra durability over its cut pile counterpart.

Level Loop Pile

Level Loop Pile carpet is a thick, durable carpet made entirely out of intact, level loops of carpet fiber. This type of carpet is easy to clean and has a luxurious, soft feel. It is a great option for high-traffic areas within the home, as it prevents dirt from seeping through to the base of the carpet.

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Carpet Flooring Cost Factors

  • Where it’s being installed - If it’s a simple square or rectangular room, the cost of installation should be on the lower end. When you have carpet installed on stairs, around pillars or floor registers, or in small spaces or tricky corners, the price goes up.
  • You may need new baseboards if you’re replacing old carpet. Removing baseboards/trim can result in the need for new ones, and besides, if you have new carpet, why not have new baseboards?
  • The subfloor and carpet padding should be in good condition for your carpet to wear correctly. Uneven spots on the subfloor will cause uneven wear on the bottom of the carpet. If that’s the case, it may need to be replaced.
  • Removal and disposal of the old flooring

 

Timber Floors

Types of Timber Floors

Timber flooring comes in many styles and colors to suit your space. You can choose from a number of plank sizes, styles and finishes that will best match your home’s current décor. Before you choose your new timber flooring, consider your budget, installation time frame and the finish of other types of woodwork within your space.

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood is the ultimate type of timber floor. It is beautiful and durable and can add a touch of warm and elegance to your space. It is also among the most expensive timber floor options.

Pre-Finished Flooring

Engineered pre-finished flooring can simplify the installation process by allowing you to avoid the sanding and polishing that are necessary for solid wood floors. Engineered flooring has the appearance of true hardwood and is also available in many styles and finishes.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate floors can give you the appearance of timber floors without the expense. Laminate wood flooring comes in many stains and finishes to suit your style. Laminate also does not require any upkeep. You will never need to sand, stain or polish your home’s laminate flooring.

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Timber Flooring Cost Factors

  • Removal and disposal of the old floor (Having your contractor dispose of your old flooring material can be a great help.)
  • Replacement of subfloor
  • Labor and extra wood—small spaces with intricate corners/angles, floor registers, staircases take more time
  • Moving furniture (do this yourself and save money)
  • Your location. You’ll pay more if you live out of town than if you live in the middle of the city.
  • Installation materials—glue or nails

Average Flooring Material Costs

  • Maple: Very hard, creamy white to pale red in color, can be hard to work with ($4.00 to $8.50 sq ft)
  • White Ash: Pale yellow in color, bold grain, durable and hard to stain ($3.30 to $7.00 sq ft)
  • Hickory: Reddish-brown with varying color patterns, very durable and hard ($3.20 to $6.70 sq ft)
  • Red Oak: Reddish, tight but visible grain, ideal for cutting and staining ($3.00 to $6.50 sq ft)
  • Brazilian Cherry: Exotic red-brown color, coarse texture but easy to scratch ($4.00 to $8.00 sq ft)
  • Cork: Light, neutral color, resistant to many kinds of damage (moisture, scratch, dent, fire, etc.), renewable (the bark, not the timber, is used), very soft under foot, retains warmth ($2.00 to $10.00 sq ft)

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Flooring Care and Maintenance

Please ensure that you follow the manufactures instructions supplied with your flooring. Below is a general care and maintenance procedure.

General Flooring precautions and maintenance tips

  • Dirt and Grit can lend itself to the scratching of the timber floor. Regularly sweep or vacuum high traffic areas, small rugs and hall runners are also a useful preventative measure. Dirt trapping mats used at all entrance doors will also aid in keeping the dirt off the timber floor.
  • Protective pads on the bottom of all furniture legs will help reduce the risk of scuffing or scratching the floor when moved. Protective mats will also help protect timber floors against furniture with castors (for example office chairs).
  • All timber floors come at a standard moisture content, in areas of extreme temperature and moisture changes it is recommended to maintain an ambient temperature where possible.
  • As Hardwood timber flooring is a natural product, it will fade, darken or change shade over time. Direct exposure to sunlight will speed up this process. The use of rugs, curtains or blinds can help protect the timber floor.
  • Avoid high heel shoes as they can dent the hard surface of the floor.
  • Pets with long nails can scratch and dull the floor finish.
  • With the above just remember, the advantage of a timber floor is that it can be refinished back to its original finish.
  • To keep the hardwood floor looking better for a longer time, it needs to be kept as clean as possible. Regular vacuuming with a soft bristle head of electrostatic attachment with help remove surface dirt and grit.
  • For stubborn dirt, damp-mop the floor using a well rung mop. Only use cleaning products that are recommended by the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Cleaning the floor with common house hold products can affect the floor in many ways, some causing scratches in the surface and other making the floor dangerously slippery. Some products can leave a film of silicon or wax with will hamper recoating of the floor. Never use Methylated Spirits or Kerosene as any type of petroleum distillate will degrade the coating and irreversibly dull the floor. Only use PH natural and recommended cleaning products.
  • Only use quality lint free floor mops
  • Wipe any spills and leaks promptly with a dry cloth or paper towel

Cleaning tips

  • To keep the hardwood floor looking better for a longer time, it needs to be kept as clean as possible.  Regular vacuuming with a soft bristle head of electrostatic attachment with help remove surface dirt and grit.
  • For stubborn dirt, damp-mop the floor using a well rung mop.  Only use cleaning products that are recommended by the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Cleaning the floor with common house hold products can affect the floor in many ways, some causing scratches in the surface and other making the floor dangerously slippery.  Some products can leave a film of silicon or wax with will hamper recoating of the floor.  Never use Methylated Spirits or Kerosene as any type of petroleum distillate will degrade the coating and irreversibly dull the floor.  Only use PH natural and recommended cleaning products.
  • Only use quality lint free floor mops
  • Wipe any spills and leaks promptly with a dry cloth or paper towel

Questions to ask your Professional Floorer?

  • Are you licensed or qualified?
  • Are you insured to work in my home?
  • How long will my job take?
  • Can you provide a written quote?
  • Do you have references I can follow up?
  • Can I see examples of your work?

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