Wood floors instantly increase the warmth, beauty and value of any home, which is why it is such a popular flooring option. The one thing that can give homeowners a moment’s pause when it comes to installing hardwood floor, however, is the expense.
While not the most expensive flooring option, installing wood floors is not the most inexpensive either. Of course, the precise cost of your project will depend on many variables, ranging from its scope, the type of wood you intend to use, whether you need to repair or level the subfloor, and whether you decide to do the job yourself or hire a contractor.
In other words, we can’t give you an exact cost for your project, but we can give you a rough idea of what to expect so you can plan and budget with greater confidence and ease.
For the purposes of this article, we’re going to discuss only the installation of new floors in a new construction or an already demolished area. To consider the removal of old floors, and if you plan on hiring someone to do it, budget for $8 to $14/square foot in labour, plus any materials that may be required.
Costs of Wood Flooring Installation
Cost of Wood Flooring Installation
You can expect wood flooring installers to charge anywhere from $5 to $8 per square foot.
This includes levelling the subfloor and repair, though the price can exceed that $8 mark if the repairs needed are extensive or the pattern of the flooring is intricate – such as chevron or herringbone.
It’s important that you don’t underestimate the importance of a structurally sound subfloor. Unless you are experienced at levelling floors, it is a good idea to hire or at least consult a professional before you begin. A poorly planned and executed DIY could ultimately cost you more than hiring a professional in the first place.
As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions about wood flooring installation. We offer free consultations and are always happy to help.
Engineered hardwood flooring will be the most affordable option, and can be every bit as stunning. It is generally $5 to $10 per square foot for material, though can be slightly less or more.
If you want traditional hardwood flooring, the cost can vary from $3 to $8 for woods like birch, hickory, rosewood, soft maple, oak, and poplar. More expensive woods like mahogany, ash, walnut and cherry can cost anywhere from $6 to $14 dollars.
Learn more: Which Hardwood Flooring is Best For You.
We appreciate that people want a concrete answer as to the exact cost of wood flooring installation, but it is impossible to give one without looking into your specific project.
However, with this information, you should be able to do a rough calculation of cost. For example, knowing what we’ve learned here, installing 500 square feet of oak hardwood in an area requiring some minor floor levelling, would breakdown as:
Subfloor Prep & Flooring Installation in a linear pattern: $5 x 500 square feet = $2,500
Oak hardwood planks: $5 x 500 = $2,500
So, from some simple math you can get a rough idea that the cost be $5,000 plus taxes. But again, this is not a hard and fast number.
If you’re looking at a hardwood flooring project, be sure to reach out and contact us. Even if you decide to try to DIY, we’re here to answer your questions so your project–and your flooring–runs smoothly.