Two options that come to mind when considering an inexpensive flooring material for your home are carpet and laminate. Here are some of the pros and cons of each.

  • Carpet: This is generally the least expensive flooring available at around $1 a square foot ($10/square yard). However, laying carpet is not a very do-it-yourself friendly project, so you will probably need to add in the cost of installation into the price. Carpet is available in a number of textures and colors.
  • Laminate: This synthetic wood flooring is a DIY-friendly option for flooring that cost around $2 per square foot. Be sure to add into that the cost for any accessories like threshold strips and quarter round. Laminate is a floating floor with the pieces locking together without the use of glue or nails. This makes laminate easy to install as well as simple to remove if needed.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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