How Much Does LVT Flooring Cost?
$3 - $18
$3 - $18
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Updated December 16, 2021Written by HomeAdvisor.
Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring installation costs $3 to $18 per square foot. Durable and waterproof, LVT is a popular choice for high-traffic areas or rooms prone to activity and spills. Luxury vinyl tiles are thicker than standard sheet vinyl or regular vinyl tiles. They're available in many finishes, including stone, brick, and wood.
|Average Cost||$10.50 per square foot|
|Low Cost||$3 per square foot|
|High Cost||$18 per square foot|
When you hire a local vinyl flooring installer, the labor cost is around $5 to $12 per square foot to install LVT. This equates to about $36 to $40 per hour. The job usually includes assessing the space, sourcing materials, removing the old floor, installing the new floor, and disposing of all the waste when the job is complete.
LVT costs between $1.50 and $12 per square foot for the materials only. How much you'll pay per square foot depends on the tiles' thickness, color, and finish. The most affordable tiles are comparatively thin, and the printed image won't be as convincing as higher-end types.
Mid-range LVTs offer a compromise between long-lasting quality and affordability at about $7 per square foot. High-end varieties offer a waterproof finish and thick, durable layers. These tiles also tend to look most like the object they're mimicking.
When you purchase luxury vinyl tile or book a LVT installation, you're usually charged by the square foot. Here are common installation sizes and their costs:
|Square Footage||Cost Range||Average Cost|
|100||$300 – $1,600||$950|
|200||$600 – $3,200||$1,900|
|300||$900 – $4,800||$2,850|
|500||$1,500 – $8,000||$4,750|
|1,000||$3,000 – $16,000||$9,500|
For a quality, waterproof installation, hiring a flooring pro is an option to consider. While it's possible to install LVT yourself if you have the skills, time, and tools, it's work best left to the pros. The professional will remove the existing flooring and complete any prep work, such as leveling the base layer or adding a vapor barrier if necessary. The flooring pro will install the new flooring, ensure a professional finish, and dispose of all the waste and debris after the project wraps up.
While you can install LVT in any (or every) room, it performs best in high-traffic areas like hallways or rooms where there's frequent moisture or spills. Kitchens, for example, are a great place to install LVT as this type of flooring is non-porous, so it won't stain if you spill coffee or drop some sliced beets.
Let's look at the cost of installing flooring of this type in average-sized rooms where it performs best.
|Room||Cost Range (All-in)||Average Cost (All-in)|
|Bathroom||$120 – $960||$540|
|Utility Room||$150 – $1,600||$875|
|Kitchen||$300 – $3,200||$1,750|
|Living Room||$900 – $6,400||$3,650|
|Basement||$3,000 – $16,000||$9,500|
Installing luxury vinyl tile in the bathroom costs $120 to $960, all-in, based on a typical room size of up to 60 square feet. Remember that you'll need a textured non-slip tile for safety. Plus, a fully waterproof tile or a vapor barrier underneath is necessary because of the constant moisture in bathrooms.
For a utility room or mudroom of up to 100 square feet, expect to pay between $150 and $1,600 to install LVT. Utility room floors tend to take a lot of abuse from muddy boots, laundry baskets getting dragged across them, and spills. LVT is easy to wipe clean and can withstand a lot of wear and tear.
If you want to install LVT in a kitchen of up to 200 square feet, expect to pay $300 to $3,200. A wood-look, fully waterproof LVT is a popular choice for kitchens, as it mimics the look of hardwood flooring with none of the maintenance. Thick LVT is also comfortable to walk and stand on, which is a big plus if you spend a lot of time cooking. And, of course, it's stain-resistant. For non-slip safety, it's best to choose a textured tile.
LVT costs $900 to $6,400 to install in a living room space of up to 400 square feet. Large, thicker tiles work best in the family room because they're even easier to clean. Higher-end tiles have a tough, durable wear layer that can better withstand spills, scuffs, and scratches while still maintaining their look and being comfortable.
In a typical basement up to 1,000 square feet, installing LVT ranges from $3,000 to $16,000. LVT works well for basements because it doesn't require any underlayment, even over concrete or plywood subfloors. And there are waterproof options. However, you will need to install a vapor barrier if you have regular moisture or humidity problems in your basement. A vapor barrier prevents moisture from building up beneath the tiles and causing mold issues.
While the cost of installing vinyl tile tends to fall within a set range, there are certain things that can impact the total project price.
To combat moistures, or if you plan to install water-resistant LVT in a very damp location like a bathroom, you'll likely need to install a vapor barrier to stop mold growth beneath the tiles. Vapor barrier installation costs around $100 to $150 per room, depending on the size of the room and the complexity of the installation.
One of the key benefits of LVT is that it can be installed over a radiant heating system so you can enjoy warm floors and energy-efficient heating. Installing a radiant heat system costs $6 to $20 per square foot.
If you're installing different types of flooring in other rooms, such as carpet in your living room and LVT in the hallway, you'll need to install threshold strips to make a smooth, safe, neat transition. Transition strips cost between $5 and $30 each.
LVT can last between 20 to 50 years, depending on the installation quality and finish, how much use it gets, and if damaged tiles are replaced quickly so moisture doesn't get underneath the flooring.
Yes, LVT is extremely easy to clean. Daily sweeping or vacuuming is sufficient, along with mopping to freshen it up as needed. It isn't porous, so you can use any floor cleaner, and it also doesn't stain from spilled food or drink.
All brands of LVT are water-resistant, but not all are fully waterproof. Be sure to check the manufacturer's information to determine whether the product you're considering is waterproof.