Herringbone Floor Installation Costs, And What Impacts the Price?
The cost of fitting a herringbone floor can vary depending on various factors such as; the material of subfloor, fitting method (floating, gluedown or a click system) and the size of the herringbone blocks. Parquet and herringbone floors are a classic and elegant choice; however, they can be more labour-intensive and require more skill / time to install compared to normal straight traditional planks. The following are some of the key factors that impact the price of fitting a herringbone / parquet patterned floor:
- Material Cost: Herringbone patterned floors are now available in various flooring materials such as Laminate, Vinyl, LVT, SPC, Engineered and traditional Solid Wood. Laminate flooring tends to be the more cost-effective option out of all; It’s cheaper to buy, quicker installation, and therefore less costly due to its easy click / lock mechanism.
- Labour Cost: This mainly comes down to the fitting method, area in the house its being fitted in and the size of the herringbone planks / blocks. Generally speaking, click system floors tends to be the cheapest; Laminate, Luxury Vinyl and engineered all have click system options available. On the other hand, a gluedown method requires more time / skillset and therefore tends to be more expensive to fit. For more of an idea / guide on costs associated with flooring installation, please have a look at our expert fitting services table.
- Subfloor: The level of your subfloor is vital for any type of floor installation. The finish is only ever as good as the prep / foundation. For example, some concrete subfloors may require levelling / screeding prior to installation. Subsequently, if you’ve got a timber / wooden subfloor, then some of your floorboards may need to be prepped with the use of plywood, to get consistency in the level. The cost of this is a little hard to judge and usually requires a professional to quote, unless you’re a builder or in the flooring trade yourself and familiar with the process / cost of materials.
- Pattern / Layout: Herringbone is usually fitted outwards from the centre-line marked by the floor fitter. However, there are various ways you can fit a herringbone floor. You can have a double herringbone pattern, or a basket weave pattern, where you can use a ratio of 4×4 blocks laid together in a square format. Of course, you can also have old school borders going around too. However, the complexity of the pattern would mean more labour time, and therefore this type of work tends to be more expensive.
- Coverage / Areas Size: The bigger the area, the more materials you require, and therefore the heftier the cost. However sometimes, working in tighter small areas can also be costly, such as toilets, hallways or small utility areas. Again, this is mainly down to time and how labour intensive the task in hand may be, both given the size and complexity of the job / space.
- Wastage / Off-cuts: Unlike straight traditional planks, installing patterned herringbone / parquet flooring requires a bit more waste than normal. Usually around 12-15% more material is needed to compensate for off-cuts and waste on any job, regardless of the coverage / size of area in question.
- Additional Costs: These maybe the cost of underlay, adhesive, PVA, Damp proof membrane (DPM), or even plywood / levelling bags associated with the subfloor preparation prior to installing your lovely herringbone / parquet flooring.
To get an accurate quote for your herringbone / parquet flooring installation, get in touch with us today. It’s important to provide the following details please:
- Flooring you’re interested in
- Material / condition of your subfloor
- Number of rooms / measurements