Value added and warmth given is the benefits of hardwood floors that has installed in your home. It is helpful to understand installations costs for hardwood floors when you are evaluating flooring projects. If you are looking for hardwood floors, here is a breakdown of the cost categories you should include in your flooring budget to help you figure that out.
The cost of floor boards, underlayment, vapor barrier and molding should have included when you are calculating the installation costs of hardwood floors. The prices of the hardwood itself that will be the largest cost, and those prices will depend on the species and brand you choose. For hardwood planks, expect to pay between $5 and $15 per square foot.
Include the money for tools in your budget because buy or rent tools might be needed when you are installing hardwood floors. A circular saw and a drill or driver is also needed, if you don’t have, you may need to buy them first. A hammer, utility knife, putty knife, tape measure, caulking gun, straight edge, yard broom and pry bar should be prepared; you can also buy or simply rent these tools. You will need a long-handled scraper too if you are removing an old floor first.
When installing hardwood floors in your home, you will need the other materials include rags, wood spacers, wood glue, leveling compound, sponges and pencils. Include them in your cost estimates though these sound like small items, but everything adds up.
Hiring a Pro
If needed, a professional hired should be considered. But if you are thinking to hire them, of course the cost of installing a hardwood floor in your home is substantially increased. As prices can vary greatly, it will be better to get estimates from at least three installers. In most areas, to have hardwood flooring installed, you can expect to pay professionals about $2 to $8 per square foot. If the hardwood boards are prefinished, the cost should be on the lower end and on the higher end if the wood will be finished after installation.
Look for closeout deals if you are not intent on getting one particular color and not trying to match existing flooring. If you are on budget, try to find a hardwood floor from discount dealers and liquidators; you can find hardwood flooring as low as $2 to $3 per square foot but the selection may be limited. It is a good idea to buy all the wood at the same time if you plan to install hardwood flooring in more than one room over time so you don’t have to try to match the color later. You need to include the additional costs in your budget if you will have to do work on your subfloor which should be clean and dry for proper installation.