I got a quote for vinyl plank for 3 dollars a sqft everything included. Is that a good deal?
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"Vinyl plank" is used to refer to two different types of products. The first is a very thin glue-down vinyl with no backing. The second is a rigid-core vinyl usually with a cork or rubber backing, like Lifeproof from Home Depot or NuCore from Floor & Decor.
Glue-down vinyl is good for rentals, but will show any unevenness in the floor, and will tend to show bubbles if your flooring contractor doesn't go over it properly with a heavy roller, which many of the cheap guys don't do. The rigid-core vinyl is really excellent, and it can go down over other hard surface floors, but it's more expensive.
$3/sf seems a little high for the glue-down (I pay $2.50/sf and I've seen loads of vendors in the $2.50-2.75 range), and low for the rigid core (best price I've seen is $3.50/sf installed).
I can get Vinyl plank with the rubber backing for $1.69 a sq ft in NJ. Home Depot and Lumber Liquidators are expensive. Look at other flooring stores.
As Joe states, you can source materials for decent VPl around 1.70 /sf. But that doesn’t include installation.
Plus some include the backing and some don’t.
Figure 1.75-2.25/sf labor.....in my area..so depending on the materials,3.00/sf sounds cheap to me.
I suggest that you get clarification on the materials for your job
Definitely look into things like the specs of the flooring you will be getting. Might be worth going to Home Depot and looking at the different types they have. 20mil wear layer is the best and SPC seems to be better than WPC. As you get a feel for the specs you will have a good idea of whether or not you are being hustled or getting really crappy materials.
Also if this is a condo or upper floor having some extra underlayment is a good idea. I did have a property manager tell me that he could get me flooring for about $5 per sq ft installed. The average labor rate seems to be $2.5 - $3 that means that this contractor is charging you $.5 for parts. Questions I would ask
What kind of reviews does this contractor have?
What type of flooring are you getting? Ask for a brand and model number, tell him/her you want to pic colors and specs.
Are additional materials included? Baseboard, demo, painting base board, haul away.
Maybe he has excess materials from another job so it's a win win for him. If that is the case it might be a good deal. Otherwise sounds too low.