WORDS: Joanna Jefferies

Because of the huge range of flooring options, it can cost you anywhere from $90 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.


Nicky Renwick says floor tiles at the Tile Depot range from $39.90m2  to $174.90m2 +. The price varies depending on what the tile is made of, where and how it’s made, the tile function, specialty surface treatments, size and many other factors.

When considering tiles for your home, it’s not just the cost of the tiles that needs to be factored into the budget, but also the cost of installation.

The Tile Depot are tile retailers and not installers, however each showroom will be able to point you in the direction of tilers in your local area. Their best advice is to ALWAYS get a quote, be very clear on what exactly that quote includes, identify any anticipated “added extras” and always seek references. There is very high demand for tilers these days and it can be very tempting to take the first one you can get without doing your due diligence.

As each tile contactor will have their own price structure there can be a huge variation in project estimates. As a general guide, as of late 2021, floor tile installations are ranging from $80 to $500m2. All tiling quotes should include labour, glues, standard grout and silicone.

There are lots of factors that will affect the price a tiler may quote including:  any surface preparation required – this could include installation of underlay, concrete grinding, adding a screed, surface cleaning and priming. The type and size of tiles, the complexity of the tile job itself, and whether or not any waterproofing or underfloor heating is required. Epoxy grout is an additional cost, as is any underlay, tile trims, sealers and waterproofing membranes. The high demand for tilers is also affecting charge out rates.

So when calculating the total cost estimate for tiled floors you need to count both the cost of the tiles plus the cost of installation. The following is a guide only:

Basic range tiles: A basic-range tiling job onto a prepared concrete floor, with a $39.90 per square metre tile (that doesn’t require significant substrate preparation or waterproofing) can cost as little as $126+ per square metre including the tiler’s labour.

Mid-range tiles: A mid-range tile will cost you around $65 per square metre; add the cost of a mid-range tiler of around $140 per square metre and you’re looking at approximately $205+ per square metre (without any waterproofing or substrate preparation).

High-range tiles: High range tiles can cost upwards of $125 per square metre. Add to this the cost of a high range tiling job at $200+ per square metre and you’re looking at anything from $325+ - $600+ per square metre.

For those on a tight budget, The Tile Depot recommends considering DIY. As long as there is no waterproofing required, which must be done by a certified water proofer, The Tile Depot staff can guide you through your own tiling job. Not only will you save yourself some money but you’ll pick up a new skill and really feel proud of what you can accomplish.

Tile plus Installation costs

$126 - $600+ 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, says Refresh Porirua’s Jeff Clark. “Synthetic based carpet is now greater than 70% of the market as it's more cost-effective pound for pound than wool. That said, if you like things natural then there's only one choice and wool wins.”

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, says Clark. “If you really want to have that lovely underfoot quality feeling than you're much, much better off spending your money on a good quality underlay. Dollar for dollar you will get a vastly better result for minimal outlay.”

Wool flooring brand Cavalier Bremworth has a wide range of New Zealand designed and made carpet options to choose from, with options ranging from loop pile felted wool through to cut pile dyed nylon. They also provide a detailed buying guide to get you started. 

Basic, Mid & High-Range Carpets: The cost of installation is around $18 per square metre and carpet ranges from $25 - $55 per square metre in the low range (typically synthetic), to $55 - $85 in the mid-range and in the high range, specialist European, unique colours and top-quality carpet can cost from $85 per square metre to in excess of $100 per square metre. Add to these prices the underlay – which will set you back around $11 per square metre.

Carpet costs 

$55 - $130+ per m2

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 Clark says it’s important to remember “That you can't use laminates in wet areas which includes laundries, therefore you must consider other options there.” Clark says he would avoid bamboo flooring, for its propensity to warp.

When it comes to the difference between vinyl and engineered timber, vinyl is far more fade-resistant, however, engineered timber flooring can give a more ‘up-scale’ look. Vinyl & Engineered Timber Price Ranges: Clark says these two products are similarly priced, with both products costing between $60 – 75 per square metre and $50 - $65 per square metre for installation.

Vinyl/engineered timber costs

Product: $60 - $75+ per m2

Installation: $50 - $65+ per m2

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 $65 per square metre to have those beauties sanded and polished with three coats of polyurethane. However, 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 $100 per square metre plus installation, however, you won’t need to polish them after installation.

Solid timber floor costs

From $100 per m2, plus installation.

Loft with solid timber flooring

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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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