Vinyl is one of the simplest of the DIY flooring materials to install. Home and property owners can find it in large sheets (usually sold in 6' or 12' widths) or in tiles ranging from one square foot to 18"x18" in size. Some versions are sold with peel-off backing and are seeded with a durable adhesive, and others require the individual to apply a suitable adhesive before laying the floor. The only difficulties in laying a flooring made from this pliable material are in cutting it to fit around pipes, drains, or pre-existing cabinetry.
For this discussion, we will consider the materials and costs for the installation of a vinyl floor in the "mid-range" 200 square foot kitchen. This discussion will be geared especially at the DIY owner, and will NOT include costs such as:
- Furniture removal or replacement;
- Fees associated with the removal of older flooring; or
- Delivery and installation.
Should the owner opt to pay for such services the fees would climb dramatically higher on the per square foot basis. The average costs and materials associated with this project include:
- Preparing the old floor for the new installation - This often means assessing the pre-existing subfloor, and if plywood needs replacement the cost for this job would be $22 per 4'x8' sheet of plywood suitable for the space. Assuming that there is 20 linear feet of cabinetry it would require six sheets of wood for a cost of approximately $132;
- Installation of the new flooring - The costs might vary according to the style selected, but for this project we will assume that the homeowner is opting for a durable and long-lasting style. According to Armstrong.com, if they purchase their flooring as a sheet, they will need the 12' type which has an average price of $4.99 per square foot. This means that the total price would be $890. Should they opt for the tiles, the prices decrease a bit with the average 12"x12" tile requiring around $3.00 per square foot. This means that the total price would be $540.
- Additional materials costs might include a "roll out underlayment" that provides an easy to follow grid pattern upon which tiles can be installed, adhesive sprays or tabs, sealants, and cleansers. Generally, all new installations will demand a manufacturer's sealant to ensure the best results, and most cost no more than $20 per container.