Laminate Flooring Cost Guide in 2021

Laminate Flooring Cost Guide in 2021

If you are looking for a hardwearing floor covering which won’t break your bank, laminate flooring may just be your holy grail for two big reasons:

Laminate flooring is the strongest and the most affordable of flooring available in the market. This article will break down the cost of purchasing, installing and maintaining laminate flooring. 

What is Laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring was first introduced as a method of reusing waste wood for economical purposes. Buyers were found to favour its significantly cheaper price while being able to retain an authentic look, just like a real hardwood flooring. You can get laminate flooring for your home from only $20 per square meter ( supply only)! 

There are floors to suit every budget. However, costs will vary depending on their thickness, abrasion class rate, water resistance  and brand of flooring. If you are wondering if laminate flooring is any good, we have a full guide to answer your questions!

Here are some popular examples of laminate flooring from the Luxflor Hugo range:

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Factors Influencing The Cost of Laminate Flooring

The three main factors that will influence cost the most when you choose your floor are its thickness, abrasion class rating, water resistance and origin of production.

1. How Thickness Affects Cost

Laminate flooring can come in thickness sizes ranging from 7-14mm. Prices will increase as the planks get thicker. 

A thicker plank makes the flooring feel more solid underfoot and reduces the sound transmission from both direct impacts and ambient noise. Most importantly, thicker planks have higher tolerance against subfloor unevenness.

At FloorVenue, we offer laminate flooring ranges from 8mm to 14mm. For example, our Everfloor Luxflor laminate flooring range in 8mm thickness costs around $20 per square metre for supply only. The same flooring in 12mm can increase the cost by $6 – $12 per square metre.

2. How AC Rating Affects Cost

Abrasion class rating is a ranking system for the scratch and dent resistance of your laminate floor, where 1 is the lowest and 6 is the highest. The higher the abrasion rating is, the higher the cost of the plank will be. 

AC1 – Not recommended in any area

AC2 – Only advisable in low traffic areas like bedrooms

AC3 – Suitable for all residential settings

AC4 – Suitable for light commercial settings

AC5 – Suitable for most commercial areas including shopping centres

AC6 – Suitable for all areas including airports and trains stations

Most floorboards for residential homes are equipped with an AC rating between 3 and 4. These generally cost anywhere between $50 – $60 fully installed. At the upper end, AC5 and AC6 options can go up to $75 per square meter.  

FloorVenue does not stock AC1 or AC2 laminate flooring as they do not meet the stringent quality standards across our product ranges.

3. How Water Resistance Affects Cost

Most laminate flooring ranges are water resistant (not waterproof) to varying extents from a few hours up to and even beyond 72 hours. Higher water resistance means that the laminate floorboards will absorb water at a slower rate than the lower quality ones. This gives you more time to prevent water damage, e.g by wiping up spills. Keep in mind that by that time the water resistance duration has been exceeded, the planks have already been damaged and may need to be replaced. 

Water resistance is a very important feature when purchasing laminate flooring and will definitely affect the price. Higher grade laminate flooring ranges with 72 hours of water resistance generally cost upwards of $50 per square metre. 

4. Origin of Material & Production

Fun fact: Australia does not manufacture laminate flooring themselves and outsources the entire production process overseas.

The origin of material and production has a significant contribution to the cost of laminate flooring. Most are made in China, which is a major industrial centre for flooring production. 

China – Flooring from China tends to be more affordable as they specialise in manufacturing and have unlocked economies of scale through sheer quantity. Note that the cheaper price tag does not necessarily correlate with lower quality.

  • Luxflor Laminates are sourced and manufactured in China and can be found for as low as $20 per square metre for supply only. Even the most affordable Luxflor options offer AC3 abrasion ratings and 24 hours of water resistance.

Europe – Many laminate flooring options also come from European nations including Belgium and Switzerland. They aim to provide a good quality flooring, aimed at the middle to high class for a reasonable price.

  • Kronoswiss Laminate flooring is a reputable flooring supplier from Switzerland. Their high quality laminate flooring options easily surpass $50 per square metre for supply only. Their upper range offers AC5 abrasion ratings and 72 hours of water resistance.

Whilst paying more usually brings better options to the table, keep in mind that the pricing of floors do not always directly translate to higher quality. Always compare the AC ratings, water resistance and warranties between products to make sure you are getting your money’s worth.

Cost to Install Laminate Flooring (Per Square Metre)

Straight Forward New Installation – Laminate floor installations will typically cost $25 to $30 per square metre according to Sydney statistics from 2021. Cost will also depend on any design requirements you may have, such as a parquetry layout.

Renovation or Repairs – Replacing any existing flooring will add significant cost to your installation expenses. 

  • The removal cost of any existing floorboards ranges between $10 to $40 per square metre. The price varies depending on the material and installation method used.
  • Removal of carpet should also cost around $5 – $10 per square metre.

Cost Comparisons – Laminate Flooring

Laminate Flooring vs Hybrid Flooring

Hybrid flooring is 100% waterproof, whereas laminate flooring is water resistant, meaning excessive water exposure will damage the floor. Laminate and hybrid flooring also does not need to be installed with glue with an innovative click lock system, making the installation process easier.

In terms of pricing, Hybrid flooring has a similar at approximately $35 to $50 per square meter. Installation of hybrid flooring is slightly more difficult and hence installers may charge a slightly higher fee per square metre of laying.

Overall, it is more about what the aims for your floor are, taking into account individual circumstances in order to make an informed decision between the two floor types. 

Laminate Flooring vs Engineered Wood Flooring

Both floor’s main selling points include their abilities to retain an authentic timber look and feel. The expected lifespan of engineered wood flooring is around 30 years, whereas it is 10 to 20 years on average for laminate flooring. 

In terms of pricing, Engineered wood flooring definitely sits at the higher end of the market, at between $70 to $120 per square meter. Laminate flooring’s price ranges are significantly lower at between $20 to $50 per square meter. Installation costs of engineered timber is also higher than laminate flooring as it is more complicated.

Conclusion – Cost of Laminate Flooring

To sum it all up, laminate flooring is a very cost effective option for consumers who are looking to bring a timber look and feel flooring to their home without having to break the bank. These planks are a low maintenance, technologically advanced solution which are also budget friendly at $40 to $75 per square meter fully installed. It is important, however, to note installation costs, type of laminate flooring and size of your home are also major determinants in the final price. 

FloorVenue offers a free no obligation consultation so you can be assured of certainty on prices when installing your floor.


Frequently Asked Questions

Laminate flooring is known for its durability and affordability. But what are its drawbacks?

  • Most laminate floors have a lack of water proofing, and as such cannot be installed in high moisture areas such as the kitchen.
  • Average lifespan of laminate flooring is relatively shorter than other types of flooring
  • Laminate flooring cannot be sanded and refinished like engineered and timber flooring options.
  • Laminate flooring is not made of real timber wood, and is instead a synthetic wood pulp fibreboard.

If you want to learn more about laminate flooring, we have a complete guide to the pros and cons of laminate flooring.

Our professional installers at FloorVenue are trained for both speed and quality. They are able to complete most straightforward laminate flooring installation jobs of up to 100m2 in a single day. With time to spare for a coffee.

If you are considering DIY projects, you can expect up to a week if the job is straightforward.

Installing a laminate floor will typically cost $20 to $30 per square metre, according to Sydney statistics from 2021. Note that smaller jobs may incur surcharges.

If you are looking for a quote, click here for a free no obligation consultation today from one of our flooring experts.

Hiring a company or builder to install your laminate flooring will cost between $25 to $40 per square metre according to Sydney statistics from 2021. As such, the cost of installing 100 square metres the price would typically be $2500 – $4000.

If you are looking for a quote, click here for a free no obligation consultation today from one of our flooring experts.

You can get laminate flooring for your home from as low as $20 per square meter for supply only! There are floors to suit every budget. However, costs will vary depending on thickness, abrasion class, water resistance and brand.

For example, a typical laminate floor in 12mm thickness will come at a higher cost than their 8mm range. Furthermore, installing a laminate floor will typically cost $25 to $30 per square metre, according to Sydney statistics from 2021. Our research team has found that prices can significantly vary, with some stores selling laminate ranges as high as $90 per square metre fully installed!

Keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Beware of excessively cheap flooring which may seem too good to be true. A good tip is to always check the warranty, thickness, and AC rating of laminate flooring.

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