Thinking of new hardwood flooring? Consider cost hardwood flooring installed. Outside of cost, fact is hardwood flooring will add value to your home. While not as eco-friendly as reclaimed wood flooring, traditional hardwood flooring comes in several types, available in many colors, grains, and plank sizes. The price of hardwood flooring ranges from $1.99 SF to over $20 SF. So with this range comes different hardness, finishes and surfaces. Obviously this huge price range depicts different wood species, board thicknesses content of real wood, brand and process. So what about the cost of installing hardwood? This is important if you have a budget you are working with and need to figure out the total cost before choosing your flooring.
Below we’ll look at the cost of hardwood installation.
Install of hardwood flooring ranges in cost and changes depending on your location. Installers in urban areas are generally more expensive than installers in rural areas. Installation costs also changes depending on the installer or contractor you go with. Some hardwood installers charge by the hour, others by the square foot. There is also prep work to consider as well. Other questions to consider:
Will you need your existing flooring to removed and hauled away? does your floor need to patched or leveled?
Does your furniture need to be moved?
Baseboards? do you have them? Do they need to be removed and replaced? Perhaps old ones needing to be removed and new ones installed?
Basically what I’m saying is that the cost of installing new hardwood floors is never as cut and dry as you expect. It’s important to educate yourself before you get started. A good rule of thumb is to realize that basic install for hardwood flooring on average runs roughly $2-$4 a square foot, and that’s just if you are ready for new flooring. Expect another average $1-$4 just for prep work, and removal of existing flooring. Here is a website I found helpful, just remember these are averages, the costs in your area will vary.