Flooring - Pricing

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The Flooring Pricing calculator computes an estimated cost of materials to cover a floor with tile, hardwood, laminates, carpet or linoleum based on the area of the room, material choice and quality price point.  This calculator is a good place to start when deciding what flooring will be used.flooring - carpet tiles.png

INSTRUCTIONS: Choose your preferred units and enter the following:

  • (PP) Choose a quality price point from the list (see below)
  • (M) Choose a material from the list (see below)
  • (A) The Area for the material and price point.  Default is one square foot (1ft2)

Price:  The calculator looks up the price per square foot for the material at the price point and multiplies that by the area (A) which has a default of 1 square foot.  This allows the user to quickly compare the unit pricing.  The price is returned in U.S. dollars.  However, this can be automatically converted to other currencies via the pull-down menu.

One should use local pricing when at all possible.  To compute the cost to cover an area based on a unit price in any currency, CLICK HERE.
The pricing data comes from the vCalc carpet tile- prices .

Price Point

The quality price points for flooring are the result of a periodic on-line survey for flooring advertised in the United States.  For each of the materials listed below, a survey is conducted to find the range of costs for the materials.  Five price points are chosen from the survey in descending order:

  1. Date - This is the day that the pricing was recorded based on a nationally (U.S.) advertised prices
  2. Store - This is the retailer selling the products
  3. Premium - These are the most expensive products in the survey
  4. High - These are products well above the mean (mid) prices of the survey where there is still more than one choice of products
  5. Mid - This is the price most frequently observed (mode) in the middle of the price survey (median)
  6. Low - These are products well below the mid prices of the survey where there is more than one choice of products.
  7. Economy - These are the lowest observed price points


Floors can be covered with a wide range of products.  The products used in this calculator are listed as follows and have the five price points:

  • Ceramic Tile - This is the classic ceramic hard tile.  These floors, if properly installed on suitable bases, are the most durable and long lasting floors. Furthermore, tiling also provides the widest variety of styles and patterns of all flooring options.  These floors are hard and sometimes thought cold.  However, darker tiles in sunny rooms can act as a good passive solar retention medium.
  • Hardwood - This is the classic tongue and groove solid hardwood flooring.  No distinction is made on whether the hardwood is pre-finished or not.  Most modern product come pre-finished which saves time and expense.  These floors are long-lasting and warmer than tiles.
  • Hardwood Laminate -  These are engineer materials with a top veneer of hardwood.
  • Carpet - This is wall-to-wall carpeting that comes on rolls and is installed in large, if not single, pieces.  Carpeting is quick, there are many choices in style and quality, and it is generally considered to be warm.
  • Carpet Tile - These are carpet tiles that are installed piece by piece.  This provides opportunities for style and can often be installed by the end customer.
  • Carpet Padding - This is padding laid beneath carpeting to provide a softer cushion feel to the carpeting and to add warmth and protection to the floor and carpet.
  • Linoleum - This is the wall-to-wall synthetic material that comes on rolls and is installed in large, if not single, pieces.  These tend to be the least expensive flooring options.  In modern days, linoleum has risen above the tacky appearance of a 1950s kitchen, and there are many attractive options in this category.
  • Linoleum Tile - These are individual tiles of linoleum that come in boxes and can often installed by the end customer.