How Much Does Flooring Installation Cost?

South African flooring installation cost average rate (per sqm)  R135.00
Flooring installation cost range (per sqm)   R80 – R200
Mid level flooring installation cost (per sqm)  R130.00
High level flooring installation cost (per sqm) R200.00

This is an estimate of the flooring installation cost of labour costs per square meter to install flooring based multiple quotes supplied through Kandua. Pros will more than likely need to see the job before they can quote accurately.

The first thing you touch when entering your home or office is the floor. Yet often, it goes unnoticed. Which is why you need to do research around flooring installation cost. Flooring is possibly the most used item in your home. Your children play on it, your pets often sleep on it, it can keep the warmth in or help cool your home down. Flooring installation can be a complex job. This is why it’s important to put a lot of thought into the flooring installation cost and the pro that will be doing the floor installation.

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    4 factors affecting the cost to install laminate flooring and other flooring types

    Removing old flooring: 

    When getting quotes to install new flooring, you must consider your current flooring and if it will need to be removed completely. If you’re installing carpets, sometimes artisans will lay the carpet on top of existing flooring. The reverse is also true – If you want to remove carpets, you might also have to remove the flooring underneath or have it treated and sanded to install new floors.

    The type of flooring you use: 

    Some flooring material is more expensive than others which will affect flooring costs. Generally speaking, the cost to install laminate flooring is more affordable than hardwood flooring. But choosing your flooring based on the price of materials alone is not wise.

    The square meterage: 

    This goes without saying – the bigger the area that needs flooring is, the more the flooring quote will be. This is because A) the bigger the area, the more labour is required to remove the old flooring and lay the new flooring. B) The higher the square meterage, the more materials you’ll need.

    Condition of the floor: 

    Something that homeowners often miss that greatly affects the cost of the flooring quote is the current condition of the floor. There may be additional labour required to prepare the floor for the new installation. The flooring contractor might need to sand the surface, clean the floor or adjust the level of the floor to ensure the new flooring doesn’t shift or crack when it’s set.

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    Choosing the right kind of flooring to install

    When it comes to choosing the right kind of flooring for your home here are some things to consider. Remember, communicate openly with your flooring contractor – they will be able to offer some great advice and guide you to make the best decision.

    The room – The flooring you will use in a kitchen is not the same as the flooring you would choose for your dining room or bedroom. The angle of the room and dimensions will also be important to know. If the area has some odd angles or spaces then the contractor will have to cut the flooring to specific measurements which could affect the flooring costs and material you choose.

    The environment – There are some environmental factors that you should also take into account when deciding on what flooring to install. Rooms that get a lot of sunlight and rooms that are exposed to a lot of moisture will need different flooring materials.

    Traffic exposure – Different flooring has different levels of durability. You need to think about the amount of foot traffic each room gets. Rooms, where people spend a lot of time in like your lounge area, might need different floors to your spare room that doesn’t have as much traffic.

    Pets and Children – As much as we absolutely adore our pets and children, they can be a little messy. Sticky fingers, spilled juice, muddy paw prints and crayons are all things you need to think about when choosing your flooring. If you’ve got pets or children then consider stain-resistant, easy to clean flooring – this would most likely rule out carpets in the rooms where your pets and kids spend the most time.

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    Types of flooring

    With so many flooring options available, you’ll be able to find a flooring type to suit your budget. Hardware stores like Leroy Merlin stock most types of flooring. Here are some of the most common types of flooring:

    Hardwood Floors – Elegant and flexible but generally cost a lot more. Hardwood floors can be sanded and refurbished many times so they last a very long time.

    Tiles – Very popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms. They are easy to clean and come in a variety of materials, stone, slate, ceramic, etc.

    Laminate Flooring – Comes in a wide variety of patterns and styles to suit home. It’s also stain-resistant and easy to install.

    Vinyl Flooring – This is a good option for high traffic rooms as they are strong and durable.

    Carpet – Carpets can make your home cosier but they are generally high maintenance and difficult to keep clean.

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    How to choose the best flooring pro?

    There are a few things to keep in mind when hiring a flooring installation professional.

    Get at least 3 quotes: The more quotes you get the more you will understand what the job entails and whether or not you are getting overcharged.

    Read Reviews: Look for pros with online reviews so you can find the best pros for the job. You’ll also get an idea of the quality of their workmanship. Flooring pros listed on all have online reviews.

    Read the quote: Make sure you read the quote thoroughly. Read all the line items on the flooring quote so you know exactly what the deliverables and costs will be.

    Location: Flooring pros that work in near the area you live in will make the job a lot easier. has flooring pros in the following areas all over South Africa: Johannesburg flooring – Cape Town flooring – Pretoria flooring – Durban flooring

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