Hardwood Floors Cost

How much does hardwood floors cost?

Solid hardwood flooring is a very popular choice for many people, particularly when it comes to kitchens. It is a cost effective method of flooring large areas, too, yet it is worth bearing in mind that costs can vary depending on the type of flooring used – and there are many types to choose from.

General Cost

• Solid hardwood flooring – in strip form – is the most popular type and typical costs are around $8 per square foot finished. For pine flooring you can add fifty percent onto this cost.
• For the record, that means a 12x12ft room would cost between $1200 and $1800 depending on the type of wood chosen.
• In general, the better the quality the wood the more expensive it will be, and you can choose from many different grades of wood flooring – factory finished quality hardwood could cost between $10 and $15 per square foot.
• You can choose from the likes of bamboo – at between $6 and $10 per square foot finished – to more exotic woods like cherry which may cost $15 a square foot.
• Another option is laminate flooring, a hard wearing type of floor that can cost between $8 and $12 per square foot including all materials and fitting.

Extra Cost

• Added costs can include trimming – in particular the edges – which if done correctly can add at least $200 to an average sized room.
• In some cases you may have to pay for underlay or backboards, in others they will be included in the price.

Tips

• The cheapest flooring may be the most cost effective but you should expect a degree of colour variation as it will be a mix of sources.
• Paying a little more for the more expensive wood can result in a more evenly matched floor.
• More expensive woods can be harder wearing than the cheaper varieties.
• Consider fitting the floor yourself – two men who are handy with tools can easily fit a floor with a little care, and there is plenty of information on the internet that will help you achieve the best effect.

Shopping

• Use the internet to search for local companies and to compare like for like prices – get a few quotes from suppliers for the same item and choose the best deal.
• Make sure your deal includes fitting.
• Have the sizes of different rooms ready for like for like quotes.

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