By Gene and Katie Hamilton

The BuildFax Remodeling Index that provides building permit data reports that residential remodeling activity experienced the 15th straight month of year-over-year gains, a good indication homeowners are confident about the economy. One of the most popular jobs in any remodeling is changing the flooring material because it can create such a dramatic difference in a room. A new product call Free Fit is making the job easier with glueless floor tiles and planks. They don't click or stick in place because the flexibility of the material allows it to be free floating. The suction cup technology keeps the material in place so it's a good choice for uneven sub-floors or existing floors including wood, vinyl, linoleum, concrete and even ceramic tile.

A flooring installer will charge $1,830 to lay a 15-by-20-foot floor which includes the material. You can buy the material and do it yourself for $1,365 and pocket a 25 percent saving. Budget more if you plan to replace the base shoe molding and door thresholds. The only tools you need are a straight edge and utility knife to cut the material and score it. Since you're working on your knees, a pair of knee pads will protect your chins.

Wrapping up, given the average cost to install a glueless vinyl floor you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.

Cost updated 2016

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