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What is the laminate flooring price range?

The laminate flooring price varies from $12.88/m2-$70/m2. On average, the install price is from $20/m2-$40/m2 for a floating floor.

Cost/sqmwarrantyThicknessAC rating
Cheap$12.88 to $1510-15years8mm3
Low-cost$20 to $3015-20years12mm3
Mid-price$35 to $4020-30years8mm & 10mm4 or 5
High-cost$60 to $9030years-lifetimes8mm,10mm,12mm&14mm5

Typically, most laminate manufacturers include a warranty with their products. It is not uncommon to find one that comes with a 10-year warranty. A homeowner should take the time to read the terms of the warranty and know what is covered, which can save them a lot of stress and hassle down the road.

AC rating
The AC rating is the industry’s way of ranking laminate by durability. AC levels run one through five, with five being the most durable. Typically, the highest needed rating for residential laminate is AC 4. AC 5 is generally used in industrial and commercial areas. AC 1 flooring doesn’t necessarily have to be avoided. For areas with lower foot traffic, such as bedrooms, AC 1 is a perfectly durable option. However, areas with higher foot traffic, like the kitchen and entryway, need a higher durability rating.

For homeowners who do not want any surprise expenses after buying the flooring, they should find a type that comes with underlayment or padding already attached. Underlay can also be purchased separately and typically comes in 100-square-foot rolls. The cost of one roll averages at about $15 to $20. This price may increase due to the quality and thickness of the underlay. The only drawback is that it will take longer to install because the padding will have to be measured and cut separately.

The texture of the flooring is an important consideration since it plays an important role in replicating the look and feel of real hardwood. Most laminate is embossed to create an authentic wood-like look but the level of embossing can vary. Most options offer a hand-scraped wood texture for a real-wood look. A high-gloss texture is probably the best option for a finish that will be the most resistant to dents and damage. Its clean, modern and mirror finish is desirable for many homeowners.