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Which is cheaper – Carpet or laminate wood flooring?

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Can’t stand the smell of the carpet in our master bedroom and I’m looking to either re-pad and re-carpet or to get laminate wood flooring.

Does anyone know which is cheaper to do? Carpet & padding or laminate wood?

If they are an average , mid range type carpet or laminate , the cost will be about the same as the others stated . But the cost of labor for laminate will run you more since it is a slower process to install. An mid range carpet, installed, will run about 3$ a s/f ( with a pad to warranty the carpet) . A mid range laminate will run 2.25$ a s/f plus 2$ a s/f for installation. Prices vary from area to area but these will give you a basic idea. GL

4 Responses to “Which is cheaper – Carpet or laminate wood flooring?”

  1. imadinosaur Says:

    Go with the laminate.. It is so much easier to keep clean and after we put ours down, I felt like I wasn’t just shuffling around in dirt and dust anymore!

    Hope this helps :)
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  2. me Says:

    Depending on the quality and the brand they are about equal. BOTH need a padding by the way. I suggest you go with laminate or you will be in the same boat with the carpet smell in a few years. Resale is better with a good laminate down. It lasts longer..is cleaner.. and is easier to maintain. Wait for the January sales!!!!!
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  3. Karolaml Says:

    I agree that the costs are comparable. Yes laminate needs a pad also, but it is different from the kind that is installed with carpeting. One thing you have to remember about laminate is that it can not get wet. If water or any other liquid is spilled and sits on it for a length of time, it can ruin the laminate (I learned this the hard way). I don’t know where you are living, but if the city you live in participates in Habitat for Humanity, they usually have a store there that sells leftovers from their projects. You can find laminate floor padding and even different types of laminate floor there at cheaper prices than the regular stores. Hope this helps!
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  4. rob s Says:

    If they are an average , mid range type carpet or laminate , the cost will be about the same as the others stated . But the cost of labor for laminate will run you more since it is a slower process to install. An mid range carpet, installed, will run about 3$ a s/f ( with a pad to warranty the carpet) . A mid range laminate will run 2.25$ a s/f plus 2$ a s/f for installation. Prices vary from area to area but these will give you a basic idea. GL
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    20 years in flooring as a store ownerinstaller

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