If you’re looking for a new floor, an Amtico floor can be a great way to go. Luxury vinyl flooring or LVT offers a mix of value, durability, and beauty, making it a popular choice for homeowners. However, it can also be pricey to fit, especially if you’re redoing your entire home.
For many, it’s the luxury look without the luxury price-tag, but it’s still more costly than some alternatives.
In fact, Amtico flooring averages about £40-£60 per square metre for supply and another £24 per square metre for fit. For the highest-end Amtico, especially fishbone patterns, that can almost double – simply because it’s more expensive to buy and more time-consuming to lay.
However, on average, you can do a standard living room for about £55- £60 per square metre for fit and supply, or a total of £1,320 to £1,440 for a 24 m2 room.
What Is Amtico Flooring?
Amtico is a branded manufacturer of luxury vinyl flooring. This is available in boards, tiles, and panels. All of them are made of pressed composite wood with a PVC or vinyl layer over the top.
The whole thing is then sealed to prevent chipping or knicks, cracking, and discolouration – making for a beautiful, water-tight, and durable floor.
Amtico uses a highly engineered design to create this durability. For example, the Click Smart line features a urethane coating, a high-density wear layer, design layers, core layer, fibreglass reinforcement layer, rigid core layer, backing layer, and acoustic backing layer and underlayer. That design allows you to get a durable and functional tile that you wouldn’t get from natural materials.
To back that up, all Amtico flooring comes with a warranty – transferable for up to 35 years from installation to the next homeowner. In fact, Amtico’s Signature and Décor lines have a lifetime warranty.
And, the Form, Spacia, and Click Smart Collections have respective warranties of 30, 25, and 20 years. That makes them better guaranteed than most alternatives, meaning your investment is safe.
How Much Does Amtico Flooring Cost?*
Amtico flooring ranges in cost based on which product you’re buying. However, it’s normally one of the higher-end vinyl flooring options.
On average, you can expect to pay £55 per square metre for Amtico flooring. That goes up to £60+ with supply and fit.
|Amtico Flooring||Cost per M2|
|Amtico Spacia (Vinyl Tile Flooring)||£42|
|Amtico Designer’s Choice||£72|
|Amtico Click Smart||£25.99|
*Please note these rates are based on costs for Amtico tiles at the time of writing in May 2023. Actual rates are subject to change and may vary based on the bulk you purchase, as you can get up to a 15% discount for bulk purchases.
Factors That Impact Amtico Floor Pricing
Installing Amtico flooring is normally fairly straightforward in pricing. Amtico charges flat rates for its flooring – although some installers will get lower rates.
Therefore, Amtico floor tiles and boards are almost always priced the same per square metre no matter where you go – unless one fitter is offering a deal.
Local Cost of Labour
The cost of labour will be a major part of the cost of fitting your floor. Normally total costs work out to about 1/3 of labour/materials. Here, you’ll pay an average of £24 per square metre in labour – because your fitter should be able to do about a 16 square metre room per day per person.
Of course, if you have a click smart solution, it may go faster. And, if your room is perfectly sized and the installer doesn’t have to cut any of the tiles, you can expect those rates to go faster.
However, a lot of installing Amtico means laying out patterns and creating a beautiful floor. That takes time. So, you shouldn’t expect to be able to drop costs too much.
In addition, while you’ll pay a national average rate of about £150 per day per person for fitting a floor, actual rates vary. You may pay anywhere from £30-£40 per hour or £150-£250 per day.
In addition, there are only a few Amtico fitters in the UK. Therefore, if you’re having supply and fit from one location, you might end up paying more than if you opt to buy tiles yourself and have someone else fit them. On the other hand, you will have the security of knowing that your fitter understands exactly what they are working with.
Removing Old Flooring
Chances are that when you go to redo your floors, you still have to remove the old flooring. That can be a significant amount of hassle and effort – and it can cost a great deal.
For example, if you want to replace old and chipped ceramic tile with Amtico, you’ll have to get that flooring up first. That will mean having a professional spend several days chipping up the old floors and grinding down the adhesive and grout.
On the other hand, if you have a different vinyl floor in place, ripping it out will take a few hours and will be very cost effective. On the other hand, you can always expect to have to pay for a skip, which will cost from about £150 but up to £275.
So, if your old floor is still in, expect to add £300-£750 in costs at minimum. If you’ve already taken your old floor out or are moving into a new home, you won’t have to worry about those costs.
Amtico Tiles You Choose
Amtico has 6 different lines of tiles and they vary dramatically in price. The cheapest ones are the Click Smart systems, which can be as little as £25 per square metre. If you add installation costs at an average of £15 per square metre, you can install an Amtico floor for just £40 per square metre.
On the other hand, the Amtico Décor line can be as much as £135 per square metre. That will more than triple the material costs of your floor.
So, if you’re budget conscious, you’ll want to pay attention to which flooring option you choose. Of course, there are reasons why different tiles cost more – as they may have more waterproofing, heat resistance, and better warranties.
Underlayment and Floor Prep
In most cases, you’ll want an insulative and sound-proofing layer between your floor and your underfloor.
Here, actual costs can be as low as £2 per metre. However, they can be as high as £30 depending on what you get. On the other hand, installation is normally very fast – as you might be able to fit an entire floor in an hour.
However, if you have to remove old underlayment or glue, that will add to the total time required for the job.
Amtico Floor Installation Guide
Most Amtico flooring uses a click system to install, meaning you can very quickly install your floor. However, the process will vary depending on the size of the tiles and the type of floor.
- Prep the floor by cleaning it and removing any debris, dust, or old adhesive. You may also want to remove the moulding.
- Put down the underlayment or noise-cancelling layer. This may be foam board or roll-out. Use adhesive or tape to stick the edges down so they don’t come loose during installation.
- Select a side of the room and start laying flooring.
- Place spaces between the wall, ensuring that there’s the recommended amount of space between the wall and the tile. This is recommended on the box, per type of tyle, but usually between 0.05 and 0.5 centimetres. Spacers allow your vinyl to expand and contract with temperature changes so it doesn’t buckle or lift from the floor.
- Decide on a pattern and how that should work out in your home. Use a layout or a drawing of how boards fit together if you need help.
- Cut the tiling as you get to the wall.
- Make sure you cut as you go, measuring as you, as rooms can have slight differences in width and you might find that pre-cutting boards results in a lot of waste.
- Place the moulding back along the edges to cover the seams.
In most cases, you won’t have to do anything else to your Amtico floor. However, you should be careful to follow the instructions on the box to get the best results.
Benefits of Amtico Flooring
Amtico flooring is widely considered one of the highest quality vinyl board floors you can choose.
All Amtico flooring has a sound absorbing layer build into the flooring. While you’ll still need an underlayment, that will only increase the amount of soundproofing you get.
While this won’t stop you from hearing the neighbours above you, it will reduce sounds from below. And, it will reduce any noise or noise complaints you might get from incidents like walking around in your home or wearing your shoes indoors.
Amtico floors are soft, smooth, and comfortable to walk on. That makes them a better choice for many homeowners than natural materials like slate or stone. For example, they’re more comfortable to lay on, to work out on, and to walk around barefoot on.
Easy to Clean
Amtico floors are stain resistant and easy to clean. Most are designed to be wiped clean which means you’ll spend a minimum of time cleaning your floors. These tiles are also completely smooth, meaning there are no cracks or big seams for dirt to get stuck in, making it easy to maintain a beautiful and like-new finish for your floor.
Amtico also sells special cleaning agents which polish your floor while working to prolong the life of the top coating on the LVF. This ensures you get the longest possible lifespan out of your floor.
LVF, like other vinyl flooring, is designed to be easy to clean. However, it’s also more waterproof, which gives you more options for cleaning it than a standard vinyl floor.
Most vinyl flooring is prone to water damage. This means you should not mop or steam clean it. And, if you spill water or other liquids, they can actually absorb into the top layer and quickly cause damage or staining. Amtico floors are specifically designed to prevent this issue.
However, the box on your specific Amtico product should offer custom advice on cleaning the flooring. For example, you may not want to mot it every day.
And, you may want to ensure that spills are cleaned up within 24 hours to prevent damage. That’s because coatings slow water absorption rather than stopping it. So, if you have a permanent leak or puddle, you’ll still get water damage.
That’s also true if your floor floods from underneath. The water resistant layer is on the top, meaning that a flood under the floor could cause major damage. However, that should be covered by your home insurance.
Scratch and Knick Proof
Amtico floors are designed to be scratch and chip proof, meaning you can more safely move furniture, play around, and live on your floors without scratching them up.
While they aren’t immune to being scratched, you’ll have a beautiful and like-new floor for much longer than with standard vinyl flooring.
Amtico Flooring vs Alternatives
There are plenty of alternatives to Amtico floors. However, not all of them are the same.
For example, if you compare LVF (luxury vinyl flooring) alternatives, you have a lot of brand options. However, there are multiple types of vinyl floors as well.
|Amtico||Respected as a luxury option, lifetime warranties, well-known||One of the most expensive LVF options, limited number of installers|
|Karndean||Respected as a luxury option, lifetime warranties, well-known||One of the most expensive LVF options|
|Polyflor||Solid-sheet and layer floor options, cheaper than Amtico,||10-25 year warranty instead of lifetime|
|mFLOR||Cheaper than most alternatives, Offers similar quality||Less well known (may impact buyer opinion), less warranty, fewer suppliers|
|Bentley||Affordable and large number of options||Less well known (may impact buyer opinion), less warranty, fewer suppliers|
You’ll also have to consider what kind of flooring you want to begin with. For example:
|Natural Stone||Durable, water resistant||Expensive, may be difficult to clean, chips|
|Hardwood||Beautiful, adds value, durable||Requires maintenance, may be prone to water damage, Expensive|
|Composite Wood||Beautiful, cost-effective, more luxurious than vinyl||Prone to water damage, requires maintenance|
|Concrete||Cost effective, flexible||Most people don’t like it, difficult to clean|
|Tile||Beautiful, adds value, very water resistant||Expensive, requires maintenance, chips and cracks|
|Vinyl Flooring||Cheap, easy to install, easy to clean||Prone to water damage, only lasts 10-15 years|
|Luxury Vinyl Flooring||Cost-effective, easy to install, easy to clean, water resistant||Varies in quality from supplier to supplier|
Natural stone floors like slate, granite, marble, and limestone are long-lasting, durable, and beautiful. They add value to your home. However, they also chip and may require sealing to prevent absorbing water. In some cases, porous stone will also be hard to clean. Natural stone floors are ideal in bathrooms and kitchens but may be too hard or uncomfortable in living spaces.
Costs typically start at £55 per metre for supply.
Hardwood floors are beautiful and timeless meaning they almost always add value to your home. However, they also require maintenance including careful cleaning and polishing. Skipping maintenance will mean the surface of your floors degrades. In addition, without a good layer of wax or varnish, the flooring is prone to water damage.
Costs usually start at £55 per square metre for supply.
Composite woods like bamboo fibre and softwood composites are extremely popular and cost-effective. They offer a natural look and an easy to clean surface.
However, in practice, some can be little more than vinyl boards. For example, some bamboo flooring is simply a thin layer of bamboo with a protective layer, on top of the same materials the vinyl board is on. Therefore, you want to look at what you’re getting before paying extra for composite wood flooring.
Costs normally start out at £15 per square metre for supply.
Concrete tiles and panels are a cheap way to fit your floor. However, these tiles have the same disadvantages as regular tile. They can chip and crack easily. In addition, they may be porous and require sealing or being careful with water.
However, they can start out at as little as £12 per m2.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles are standard choices for bathrooms and kitchens. These are always great options, especially if you want a waterproof or water-resistant floor. However, most people will not want them in other areas of the house.
Vinyl flooring is the cheapest and fastest to fit flooring option on the market. Costs can range from £4 to over £150 per m2. However, you get quick-fit flooring that you simply fit to size. Here, materials can be compressed fibre or compressed wood composite with a layer of vinyl over the top.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury vinyl flooring is the same idea as vinyl flooring but with additional engineering. Typically, this means you get a soundproofing layer, waterproofing layer, and rigid core layers to add to durability and longevity.
Finding The Right Floor Fitter
If you want Amtico flooring, you’ll either have to buy the flooring yourself from one of the few suppliers in the UK or source an official fitter. This means choosing from a smaller number of suppliers – which may mean you pay more for the total job.
- Check which Amtico suppliers fit floors in your postcode
- Request and compare quotes for those fitters
- Check quotes from normal flooring fitters if you supply the Amtico
- Choose an option
- Ask about insurance, liability insurance, and workmanship guarantees
- Look for reviews and references for the fitter before hiring
There are no competence schemes for vinyl flooring fitters. Therefore, you’ll have to go by past customer experience and look at reviews to get a good idea of quality.
Can I Install The Flooring Myself?
You can always install vinyl flooring yourself. Most Amtico systems are either glue or click to fit. However, you may not want to. For example, it will take you longer. And, you’ll have to supply the tools to cut the Amtico yourself. If you’re doing patterns, the professional will do a better job and more quickly.
On the other hand, it can save you about £350 per room in total costs, so if you’re running low on budget, you may want to spend the time per room to do the work yourself instead. Here, a small bedroom takes about 3-4 hours on average and a living room up to a full day. So, for an average house, a single person will typically take about a week.