WORDS: Joanna Jefferies

Because of the huge range of flooring options, it can cost you anywhere from $80 per square metre for the most basic synthetic carpet to in excess of $200 per square metre for a genuine timber flooring system. The key here is to know what kind of overall look you are after, and to choose accordingly. It’s also important to understand the waterproofing limitations of some products before applying them to wet areas. Your Refresh consultant will be a wealth of knowledge in this area, and will know which products are readily available and which will require a wait time to install. For example, in some locations there is a long lead-in time for hand-made tiles and for tilers.

But before you start installing your new flooring, you’ll likely need to remove the existing floor-coverings. Depending on the size of the house this can take anywhere from half a day to several days.

To help you understand your options we’ve put together a basic, mid, and high range costing for each flooring option, so you can get an idea of where your budget will stretch to, and the features of different flooring products.


While there are different price ranges for tiles, your tiler will cost approximately $60 per square metre, regardless of the tile. The price of installation should include labour, glues, grout and silicone. Added extras include trims, grout sealers, underlay and waterproofing. It’s important to check with your local authority to know whether your tiler needs to be a certified waterproofer. In NSW and Queensland for example, tilers and waterproofers must be licensed.  

The cost of a tile in the basic-range would be around $20 - $28 per square metre, but don’t forget that factors like complicated spaces and tricky installation patterns will bump up the cost.

Additionally, a substrate, such as a fibre-cement underlay, will need to be installed on wooden floors to create an inflexible base to glue the tiles onto (it’s glued and screwed in place) and this will incur an additional material and labour cost. 

Basic range tiles: A basic-range tiling job, with a $20 per square metre tile (that doesn’t require substrate or waterproofing) can cost as little as $80 per square metre including the tiler’s labour.

Mid-range tiles: A mid-range tile will cost you around $50 - $80 per square metre; add the cost of a tiler and you’re looking at $110 - $140 per square metre (without any waterproofing or substrate).

High-range tiles: High range tiles will likely always need waterproofing, and can cost anything from $80 per square metre up to in excess of $200 per square metre. Add to this the cost of a high-range tiler at $120 per square metre and you’re looking at anything in excess of $320 per square metre. 

Tiling costs

$80 - $320+ per m2

Tiles in NZ


There’s a vast range of carpets to choose from and an equally vast price range. The biggest question to ask yourself is whether to go synthetic or natural. 

Synthetic carpet is cheaper than wool and it’s far more stain-resistant and water-resistant, perfect if you have pets and children, or live in a damp area. Wool, however is far more fade-resistant and fire-retardant (great if you have direct sunshine or an open fire).

One aspect that is often overlooked is underlay – so if you want to have soft feeling underfoot, splashing out on thick underlay is a must.

Basic, Mid & High-Range Carpets: The cost of installation is around $20 per square metre (this can move up to $60 per square metre with tricky high-end carpet) and carpet ranges from $20 - $45 per square metre in the low range (typically synthetic), to $45 - $75 in the mid-range and in the high range, specialist, unique colours and top-quality carpet can cost from $75 per square metre to well in excess of $100 per square metre. Add to these prices the cost of underlay.

Carpet costs

$40 - $160+, excludes underlay.

Man Laying a Carpet

Vinyl & Engineered Timber Flooring

Vinyl flooring is an excellent cost-effective option for spaces where you need water resistance. However, speak to your installer first about whether vinyl is an option, as if water can be trapped under the vinyl it can damage sub-floors.

Engineered flooring is a similarly cost-effective option. But it’s important to remember you can't use some products in wet areas including laundries, therefore you’ll have to consider your options there.

When it comes to the difference between vinyl and engineered timber, vinyl is far more fade-resistant, however engineered laminate timber flooring can give a more ‘up-scale’ look.

Vinyl & Engineered Timber costs 

These two products are similarly priced, with both products costing between $65 – $120 per square metre. 

Girl walking on engineered flooring

Solid Timber Floors

Solid timber floors are the crème de la crème of flooring, and if you’re lucky enough to have native timber floors in your house it’ll cost you around $75 per square metre to have those beauties sanded and polished with three coats of polyurethane. Refresh Brisbane managing director Rachel Whitford says with existing timber floors it’s important to consider the cost of any remedial work, pre-sand and polish.

“Framing replacement/strengthening joists and bearers [costs] $25 to $75 per square metre.”

If you want to install solid timber floors it’s going to cost you a fair bit more. Brand new solid timber floors will cost in excess of $90 per square metre plus installation, however, you won’t need to polish them after installation. 

Solid timber costs

From $90 per m2, excludes installation

Loft with solid timber flooring

Looking for flooring inspiration? Make sure you check out the styles past Refresh customers opted for in Our Projects

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*Costs are rough estimates and are subject to change. For a fixed-quote accurate to your specific project, please consult your local Refresh Renovations specialist. All Refresh Renovations franchises are independently owned and operated.
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