How Much Does it Cost to Install Hardwood Floors?
The cost of hardwood floors depends on more than just the materials and location.
Hardwood flooring is the gold standard in flooring for a reason. It has a classic look and will last a lifetime if well-maintained. Here are some factors and costs related to installing gleaming hardwood floors in your home.
Hardwood Flooring Cost
Flooring companies typically quote the cost to install a hardwood floor on a square-foot basis. Your total cost can vary significantly depending on the type of hardwood you choose and your location, but you can expect the range to be from $5 to $8 per square foot. This includes labor to remove your previous flooring, installation and finishing of the hardwood.
Types of Material
There are many options for flooring material. Low-grade wood such as ash or maple will cost you the least. Expect to pay more for high-grade wood such as oak or Brazilian cherry.
You can also choose prefinished flooring, which is easier and faster to install. However, prefinished flooring costs more per square foot than unfinished flooring, so that may offset the installation savings. Be sure to discuss this option and final costs with your flooring company.
Old Floor Removal Costs Vary
How much you pay to have your old flooring removed depends on the flooring. Expect to pay more to take out an old hardwood, laminate or tile floor that requires more work to disassemble and remove. Installers will also charge more to clear away furniture or other objects. Keep in mind that you will also pay more if your subfloor needs repair — a cost that may not be known until the old flooring is removed.
Average Hardwood Floor Installation Cost
Angie's List members who had a hardwood floor installed in 2013 reported paying an average of about $1,905 per room, with a general range of $1,720 to $2,093, not counting discounts many service providers offer to members.
If you seek the look of hardwoods without the cost, you may want to consider vinyl plank flooring.
Most companies offer a warranty that protects against faults in workmanship for the first 12 months. If your contractor refuses to offer such a warranty, you may want to look for another company.
You will need to maintain your hardwood floor properly to preserve it. Depending on traffic, your floor will need to be waxed once or twice a year. Use a specified hardwood floor cleaner to clean your floors regularly to preserve the finish.
Home buyers look for hardwood floors, so properly maintained flooring may increase your home’s value. Your home may sell quickly and for more money with this addition. Talk to your real estate agent about the cost vs. resale value for hardwood flooring in your area.
Install it Yourself?
If you want to put in hardwood flooring yourself, here are some DIY tips that should make the job easier.
Hiring a Contractor
To ensure you get the right price for your hardwood flooring, get estimates from at least three professionals. Companies that deal primarily with flooring should offer you a better price than a general contractor, but it doesn't hurt to shop around.
A company doesn’t need a license to install floors, but you should choose a professional with plenty of experience. Ask your friends, family and neighbors for recommendations. You can also read reviews and ratings for local companies on Angie’s List.
Installing hardwood floors will refresh any room in your home. Just be sure to choose a professional you trust to get the job done right.