Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Every Thing You Need To Know About Hardwood Flooring

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Hardwood flooring is prestigious and stylish. This is why it is the choice of many homeowners. It is also preferred for being durable, versatile and giving your interior a warm appearance. 

However, it is far from being the cheapest or most affordable in the market. The cost is prohibitive to many homeowners. It helps to know the amount you are expected to pay before commencing on the project. This gives you an idea of how much you will spend for easier financial planning.

Cost Per Square Foot

The cost is calculated per square foot if the material used is determined. As such, the ultimate cost will be determined by the size of the area being installed and type of wood being used.

Traditional Hardwood

Traditional hardwood flooring involves the use of narrow boards that are usually 3 inches in width or less. You also have the option of 7-inch pranks. Each of these pranks comes at a unique price.

  • Low- the low costing wood species include the pine. It costs approximately 3-6$ to buy a square foot and another similar amount to install.
  • Mid cost- you can expect to pay between 5$ and 10$ for each square foot for the medium costing wood. Some of these varieties include oak, American cherry, and teak. Installation is also expensive going for 4$-8$ depending on other factors.
  • High-Cost wood- exotic woods are usually the most expensive to buy. These varieties include the imported Brazilian walnut, cypress, and mahogany. To buy a square foot of these woods, you require between 8$-14$. You should also factor in the cost of installation which stands at 4$-8$ for each squire foot. 

Engineered Wood

Engineered wood features real wood plates that are veneer bonded. The layers below are usually made of low-cost wood. There is a variety of engineered wood available which gives you incredible options. Engineering allows you to install your wooden floor below ground level. Engineered hardwood flooring is resilient, especially to moisture. It also gives you a variety of options for your floor. Engineering makes the wood able to handle both heat and moisture without disfiguring. You also have three classes of engineered wood that determine how much you spend on your floor.

  • Low Cost- basic engineering means three layers with a veneer sandwiched in between. The thickness ranges between 1/16 to 1/12 inches. It will cost you as low as 3$ and as high as 10$ to install but the price per square foot is 3$-5$. It is the complexity of the layers and the surface that matters.
  • Mid cost- the number of layers goes up by two to five core layers. This pushes the cost to between 5$ and 10$ per square foot. Installation cost almost remains constant at 3$-10$.
  • High cost- this is the top line engineered wood that comes with 7 core wood layers. On top is a veneer layer that is 1/6 inches thick. This layer is usually made of high-quality exotic hardwood. To buy a square foot of high end engineered hardwood, you need to invest between 8$-13$. The cost of installation is usually standard 3$-10$.

The cost of installing a hardwood flooring goes beyond the type of wood you select. There are other considerations to make. Here are some of these considerations.

Preparation of the surface

The surface on which the wooden floor is to be installed needs to be prepared. If it is a new house, much prepping is not needed. However, for an old floor, it needs to be cleaned through a removal of tiles, old wood, laminate, etc. Furniture and other objects must also be removed from the room. Should the subfloor need to be repaired, the cost goes up. Invite the installer to view the floor before giving you the final quotation.


Reliable hardwood floor installation companies provide a warranty for their services and materials. If this is included in the quotation, the cost is likely to go up. Be wary of contractors who do not give a warranty on their services. They could be defective.


Negotiate to have continuous maintenance cost included in the quotation. Maintenance includes waxing once or twice in a year. Negotiate with the contractor to get maintenance at a reduced price.

The cost of hardwood flooring depends on what your floor needs. Request the contractor to visit your house other than giving an imagined quotation. The cost of removal and maintenance may increase the budget over time and throw you financially off balance.


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