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The Cost of Vinyl Plank Flooring

Fortunately, installing attractive, durable and high-quality floors in your home doesn’t have to be a vastly expensive ordeal anymore. Floating floor installation and low-cost materials like vinyl boards and tiles mean beautiful new floors can be yours at no exorbitant fee.

So, just how much does vinyl flooring cost?



According to Service Seeking, a tradie directory website, average vinyl flooring supply and installation costs range from $26 per square metre, to $35 per square metre. In truth, prices can be lower or much higher, depending on the quality of the product and the state you live in. For example, vinyl flooring in Western Australia costs an average of $40 per square metre.

At Carpet Call, our range of vinyl flooring, including planks and tiles, begins as low as $24 per square metre and can climb up to $65 per square metre for top-of-the-line planks. Even the highest-end vinyl flooring sits below the average cost of solid timber floors.


Vinyl plank flooring prices come down to much more than the retailer, so it’s important to balance your flooring requirements with your budget. Choosing the lowest cost vinyl flooring may leave an unsatisfactory result.

There’s a wide range of factors that contribute to vinyl plank flooring prices, so pay close attention to these attributes when selecting your floor:


Simply put, the higher the price of vinyl flooring, the better the quality. Think about whether you’d rather pay more now, or later. Lower cost vinyl flooring may be less durable in the long-run and come with limited warranties. Meanwhile, with high-end boards such as our COREtec-XL planks, you’ll enjoy complete waterproof flooring with a lifetime water warranty.

Furthermore, COREtec boards do not expand or contract, so bare expansion strips aren’t necessary. This means you’ll enjoy a complete finish, barely distinguishable from timber or laminate.





The different types of vinyl plank flooring can also impact the overall cost. In general, there are two types of vinyl plank, differing in their installation method.

Glue-down vinyl planks or tiles are a common, cost-effective option. The use of an adhesive to attach the flooring to the subfloor creates a long-lasting dimensional stability. This is ideal in environments where stability is vital, such as homes where someone uses a wheelchair. On top of this, rooms with fluctuating temperatures or uneven substrate will be better suited to a glue-down floor. Although glue-down planks are generally cheaper, adhesives and subfloor preparation will increase these costs.

Floating floors utilise an innovative mechanism where planks interlock and sit over the subfloor, held in place by friction, confinement and weight. These are generally of a higher quality, feel more rigid and involve no potentially harmful adhesives. While floating planks may cost more up-front, you’ll most likely save money in the long-run because as they are more durable.


Of course, another contributor to the total cost of your flooring is the installation itself. Doing your own installation can certainly save you money in the here-and-now. That said, what you save today could cost you dearly in the future.

By approaching a qualified professional to install your vinyl plank flooring, you can avoid hiccups that will impact the durability and appearance of your floor. These sorts of mistakes can incur greater costs down the line, especially if the entire floor needs to be redone. Licensed tradespeople may provide installation warranties to cover any expenses in the unlikely event of an error.


An additional, but necessary, cost of vinyl flooring is the underlay. Placing an underlay below your vinyl planks provides a barrier against moisture rising from the subfloor and can improve underfoot comfort. On second storey floors in particular, you might prefer a special acoustic underlay so anyone on the lower floors won’t hear the sound of footsteps from upstairs.





In order to fit flooring into your renovation budget, it’s important to shop around. Ask for a quote from a range of retailers and installers in your area to find the best offer available to you. When approaching a company for a quote, it’s important to come equipped with the right questions to ensure they’re genuine and you know exactly what you’re paying for. These questions might include:

  • Is there any extra cost for subfloor preparation?
  • Are any installation materials (adhesives, underlay) included in the quote?
  • Does this quote include both the flooring and installation?
  • Is waterproofing and sealing included and/or necessary?
  • What licenses and qualifications does the installer have?
  • Does the installer have trade insurance?

Here at Carpet Call, we contract trusted experts to carry out installations of our products, meaning the whole process is covered for you. Contact us to inquire about the installation of your choice of flooring.

Take a look at our vinyl flooring buying guide for more information about this cost-effective and attractive flooring style. When you’re ready, pop in to your nearest Carpet Call or book a home visit any day of the week to consult with our flooring experts on what will suit your home best.

As the largest flooring retailer in Australia, Carpet Call are the experts in the trade. More than 40 years of experience has taught us how to save you money by offering cheaper, smarter and better quality products imported directly from the manufacturers. With no middle man, there’s no extra cost to you. So what are you waiting for? Call, call, Carpet Call.


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