Maintaining a home that looks beautiful and that you can feel proud of is not cheap. Although we want to add upgrades that make our homes more beautiful, an upgrade’s cost can cause some homeowners to hesitate.
When it comes to hardwood floors, the question that many ask is “how much do hardwood flooring installations cost?”.
Assuming you’re ready to take that plunge, read on to see how much it actually costs to install hardwood floors.
Cost of Installation
Hardwood floors are a great addition to any home, but they can be pricey. The cost to install hardwood floors can vary depending on the type of hardwood you choose, the size of your home, the layout of the room, and the complexity of the installation.
You can expect to pay between $8 and $12 per square foot for flooring materials, and another $4 to $8 per square foot for labor. If you have a large home or complex installation, the costs can be even higher.
But don’t let the cost deter you from adding hardwood floors to your home. They are a great investment that will add value to your home and last for many years.
Types of Hardwood Floors
There are three types of hardwood floors: solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, and laminate hardwood.
1. Solid Hardwood
Installing solid hardwood floors will cost an average of $9 per square foot, but costs can range from $6 to $12 per square foot.
2. Engineered Hardwood
Expect to pay between $8 and $15 per square foot for materials and labor. Installation costs will be higher if you have a complex installation, such as a curved staircase. If you’re doing the work yourself, you can expect to pay between $3 and $5 per square foot for materials.
3. Laminate Hardwood
Laminate hardwood floors are a more budget-friendly option, costing between $3 and $7 per square foot. The cost to install laminate hardwood is less because it is a thinner wood that is less sturdy and cannot be refinished.
For a more accurate estimate of the different types of hardwood floors, it is best to consult with a professional flooring contractor.
Factors That Affect Cost
Hardwood prices mainly affect the cost. The installation method is next (i.e. if the floors need to be sanded and refinished or not). Nail-down installations are typically the most expensive, followed by floating floors. The least expensive option is glue-down floors.
Additional costs may be incurred for repairs or replacement of existing flooring, subfloor preparation, and finishes.
How to Save on Installation Costs
You can save by doing the work yourself or by shopping around for the best price.
If you are handy, you can install it yourself. This can save you on both labor and flooring materials costs.
You can purchase pre-finished hardwood flooring, which eliminates the need for sanding and finishing. Finally, you can choose a less expensive wood species, such as bamboo or laminate.
Understand the Price Ranges Before You Install Hardwood Floors
The average to install hardwood floors is $4,000 – $5,000. A typical 200-square-foot room would range from $20 – $25 per square foot. This cost includes materials and labor. If you are considering hardwood floors for your home, be sure to get multiple quotes from different contractors to get the best price.
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- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.