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How Much Does Hardwood Floors Cost?

 
average costAverage: $8/square foothigh costHigh: $12/square foot
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  Typical costs:
  • Installing a standard solid-strip hardwood floor averages about $8 a square foot for materials, insulation and site finishing, and up to $12 a square foot for wide pine planks, or $1,150-$1,750 for a 12x12-foot room.
  • Factory-finished wood starts at $8 a square foot installed, but generally runs $10-$14, or $1,140-$2,000 for a 12x12 space.
  • Bamboo runs $4-$6 a square foot, uninstalled, or $575-$865 for material for a 12x12 space Other pre-finished, environmentally-harvested exotic woods such as Brazilian cherry or Australian cypress are $4-$13 a square foot, or $575-$1,870 (installation extra) for 12x12-feet.
  • Complete installation of laminate flooring is $7-$11 a square foot, including foam underlay and glue, or $1,000-$1,585 for a 12x12-foot floor.
  • HardwoodInstaller.com[1] lists estimates for various installation tasks. Fees in urban areas may be higher and rural projects can cost less.
Related articles: Refinishing a Hardwood Floor, Baseboards, Laminate Flooring, Engineered Wood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring, Floor Cleaning

What should be included:
  • Wood floors can be solid, engineered or laminate; BetterHomesandGardens.com gives a good overview of each type[2] . ThisOldHouse.com gives ideas for custom-designed laminate projects[3] with borders and multiple patterns, as well as how to choose environmentally-friendly "green" flooring[4] .
  • Floor installation takes at least intermediate-level handyman skills; detailed do-it-yourself instructions for laminates are provided by DIYNetwork.com[5] ; for solid hardwood floors visit HomeTips.com[6] .
  • New wood flooring should be stacked inside the room for up to a week before installation to allow it to adjust to your home's indoor humidity level. Always buy a waste allowance of 5 to 15 percent extra, depending on the project's complexity. Unfinished floors must sit for a week or two after being installed, the finishing process can require several coats, and the floors can't be walked on for several days. The fumes can be strong, and some people aren't able to stay in a house where the floors are being finished.
Additional costs:
  • Custom borders and patterns can look fantastic but bump up installation costs by $1-$2 or more a square foot, adding at least $144-$288 for a 12x12-foot room. The more custom the project, the higher the additional expense. Ripping out old flooring, moving furniture out of the room, odd-shaped layouts or steps can all add to the bottom line.
Discounts:
  • LaminatesFloorsCheap.com[7] offers discount laminate flooring and Overstock.com[8] sells the excess inventory of many familiar brand-name manufacturers.
Shopping for hardwood floors:
  • HoskingHardwood.com[9] , consultant to the This Old House television show, provides a wide range of products, available with installation; iFloor.com[10] also features a range of wood floor products and brands.
  • Check a company with the Better Business Bureau[11] and ask for and contact references. Get at least three on-site estimates where they measure the room and see all aspects of the project. Ask about experience, training, licensing and insurance. If you can see a previous flooring project, notice the finishing touches on the edges of the room, at thresholds and along stairs.
  • Ask if the installer will move furniture, seal off nearby rooms with plastic, cut the wood outside (it's an extremely dusty process) and if the estimate includes quarter-round trim to cover gaps between the wood flooring and baseboards. Finishing details vary widely, know exactly what approach each contractor plans to use.
  • A written contract should include all specific materials to be used, the work to be done, cost, dates within which the project will be completed and a payment schedule. Try for the minimum possible deposit, and tie payments to actual material deliveries and specific work done.
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build a brand new internal oke hardwood stair from second floor to attic
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: a user in Acton, MA.Posted: May 3rd, 2014 06:05PM
Anyone knows how much cost to build a brand new internal oak hardwood stair from second floor to attic?
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How much should installation cost?
Amount: $4,000.00
Posted by: Wondering in OC in Huntington Beach, CA.Posted: December 10th, 2013 10:12PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 1650Installer: TBD
Brand: Bruce engineered
I purchased a very nice engineered hickory at $2.15 sqft. I need to get a few estimates for installation but would like to have a ballpark figure-range in mind. I've only bought the flooring so the installation costs would probably have to include glue/adhesive, underlayment, etc, as well as labor, right? Total area is approximately 1500 sqft (1650 includes the overage amt). Anyone have any ideas? Thx in advance
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Teak Hardwood Floors
Amount: $7,000.00
Posted by: K28 in Owings Mills, MD.Posted: June 12th, 2013 07:06AM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 900Installer: Home Depot
Brand: Home Legend Teak Natural
I had my living room, dining room, kitchen, kitchen nook, hallway and a den area all replaced by hardwood. I had some difference contractor come in and remove the existing carpet and laminate flooring and haul it away. Home Depot contracted the service of delivering and installing the hardwood. They did a quick and nice job of installing the floors and they give my condo a completely different look!
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Hardwood oak 2.25x3/4
Amount: $16,000.00
Posted by: Woody in Vacaville, CA.Posted: May 28th, 2013 11:05PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 1,850Installer:
I took out old floor down to 2x6 tg sub floor. They installed, sanded,sealed and put two coats of poly.
I think it was a fair deal?
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Reasonable?
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Dion Lyons in Lithonia, GA.Posted: April 1st, 2013 02:04PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 800Installer: still comparing
Brand: Bruce Kennendale Maple Hardwood
I just want to know what is reasonable to pay for buying and installing this wood on my 800 sq. foot basement floor. I was told it would be about $4,000 total installed. Is that reasonable?
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material & install qoute
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Tired of shopping in Montclair, CA.Posted: June 24th, 2012 01:06PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 866Installer: Local shop
Brand: Engineered Lincoln plank oak
charging 8.35 a sq ft. Carpet & old kitchen floor removal, kitchen appliances will be moved by them,I buy new baseboard,install baseboard included.Best of 3 estimates so far. Should I shop around some more?
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Hardwood floors
Amount: $1,550.00
Posted by: Lefty in Raleigh, NC.Posted: May 29th, 2012 02:05PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 175Installer: carpet one
Brand: Bruce
Simple install with closets and corner molding
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Flooring
Amount: $9,100.00
Posted by: Andrejulia in Congers, NY.Posted: May 21st, 2012 04:05AM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 1200+ 25 stairsInstaller:
Brand: Select red oak
Price qoute includes materials and labor, ripping of the carpet, installation of mouldings in all areas of the room, sanding and finishing as well as leveling the subflooring and stairs. They were very professional and easy to transact business with.
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Laminate flooring and 4, 12x12 tiles
Amount: $5,500.00
Posted by: Brian B in San Dimas, CA.Posted: April 17th, 2012 11:04PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 900Installer: Empire
Brand: Domestic oak wide plank
Is this a fair price? The guy knocked it down from $8500 to $5500 after I said no thanks. Still looking for best deal for price and wonder if I can knock more off? Thanks.
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laminate flooring
Amount: $3,961.83
Posted by: Trauma Nurse in Xenia, OH.Posted: January 17th, 2012 01:01PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: Installer: Empire Today
Brand: Estate Living Mohave Hickory
I had my living room, dining room and hall done with quiet walk installed? Took up all carpet and disposed of according, got 1/4 round trim and was wondering if this was a good deal? Ended up being 94.32 a box.
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engineered hardwood oak plank floor
Amount: $800.00
Posted by: bigdee33 in las vegas, NV.Posted: August 18th, 2011 09:08PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 840Installer: self
Brand: surface source
bought super clearance engineered hardwood oak plank glue down from six stores. Gathered enough material to do 840 square foot did the labor myself total cost under .50 a square foot before trims
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Hardwood floor
Amount: $9,000.00
Posted by: Herndon20171 in Herndon, VA.Posted: May 27th, 2011 12:05PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 1240Installer: K&K Floors
Brand: Somerset 3 1/3 " wide
Had mine installed in one day by a very competent and professional crew. Very happy w/ the installation. Job includes removal of old carpet and linoleum floorings and underlayment, and all furniture moving
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Egineered 3" Honey Oak Flooring
Amount: $6,000.00
Posted by: Robbie Dobbie in Oxnard, CA.Posted: April 9th, 2011 03:04AM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 750Installer: Empire Today
Brand: Empire Today
Bought from Empire Today. 3 rooms and closet in bedroom. Salesman was helpfull in deciding on 3 or 4". Explained about solid woods and laminates. Installers did a super job. All 1/4" round trim cuts were perfect. Not an easy feat for many. Moved furniture, cleaned everything up and took old carpet/pad. All done in one day. Very carefull with furniture. Will ask for same salesman/installers for my next room. Had the saleman find me a Empire bobblehead doll. My experience was great with Empire Today. I would use again. Quality installers is the key to getting a good floor.
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Laminate Flooring
Amount: $4,300.00
Posted by: Tranee in Miami Gardens, FL.Posted: April 4th, 2011 04:04PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 610Installer: Empire Today
Brand: N/A
I just would like to know if this is a reasonable price for installation of laminate flooring. It includeds the padding the 1/4 moulding and ripping out carpeting out of one bedroom.
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Hardwood Floors
Amount: $7,000.00
Posted by: Nervous Nelly in Rochester Hills, MI.Posted: March 18th, 2011 05:03AM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 672Installer: local company
Brand: Somerset County Collection
We have not had the work done, but this is an estimate for 3 rooms. One has a fireplace. It is a local company who believes in Made In The USA. Also recommended to use from others. I'm not a fan of using places like Home Depot/Lowes. I know this hardwood is more expensive than just regular planks. We also chose 5inch planks.
Curious to know if this is good price. Labor is $2000 of this quote. We also have 2 odd steps where custom work is needed, but did not include that in here.
This is also in the state of Michigan.
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@Realistic Consumer in Atlanta
Amount: $3,250.00
Posted by: IfPandasLikeIt in Atlanta, GA.Posted: February 27th, 2011 02:02PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 410Installer: local company
Brand: bamboo
First of all, @ApplyForMe suggested @Josalyn should have paid $1.50/sq.ft., not .85/sq.ft. as you suggested, although that's still low-balling it. Second, the actual $8.50/sq.ft. she did pay was for laminates, not hardwoods, and there is a big difference between the two. And while I'm sure prices in California are higher than they are, say, here in metropolitan Atlanta, $8.50/sq.ft. seems high. Furthermore, Empire Today is fairly well known for overcharging customers for less-than-quality workmanship. ApplyForMe simply stated those two points, without resorting to personal attacks such as referring to anyone as a know-it-all "jerk" as you did. It seems you have issues with both math and communication skills.
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Hardwood floor refinishing
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: Tom Sakuras in Naperville, IL.Posted: February 10th, 2011 02:02PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 750Installer:
Brand: oak
My friend Paul recomended Flooring contractor Inc.for my floor repaires and refinishing. Daniel inspected the floor and recomended the repaires and explained about the finishes type and durability. From start to finish they been very profesional.I am very happy with the end result.One of my neighbor was also impresed with the punctuality and quality of the job, and he's looking in to hiring them.If you are interested in this guys work, contact them at (630)428-1633
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hardword floors INSTALLED
Amount: $5,000.00
Posted by: RONDO in TEMPLE HILLS, MD.Posted: February 10th, 2011 07:02AM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 15x15Installer: mike's
Brand: BRUCE
JUST CURIOUS, WAS THAT TOO MUCH FOR INSTALL OR WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD PRICE?
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Concrete Slab Hardwood Flooring Install
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Art C. in San Francisco, CA.Posted: December 13th, 2010 07:12PM
Sq Ft of Flooring: 210Installer: Local Hardwood Flooring Company
Brand: NA
Got some nice leftover pre-finished 2 1/4" x 3/4" red oak hardwood flooring for free from my neighbor. Interviewed a couple local installers and end up going with a guy who quoted me $1500 to have the wood installed in two bedrooms (approx 100 sq ft each) on the bottom floor of my house which sits on a concrete slab. Price includes old carpet removal/disposal, floor prep, vapor barrier, two layers of plywood, another vapor barrier, and then nail down the hardwood flooring. they also removed the old baseboards, re-cut, and reinstalled them. Overall i am satisfied with the quality of the work. Paid more than i expected but heard it is hard to lay down solid wood flooring on a concrete slab correctly. Hope thse guys did it right.
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@ ApplyForMe.net in Chicago, IL
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: RealisticConsumer in Atlanta, GA.Posted: December 6th, 2010 08:12AM
So you're saying that she shouldn't have paid more than around 85 cents a sq foot for hardwood floors installed?? Right, buddy. Right. Sure.
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Flooring
Amount: $8,000.00
Posted by: RealisticConsumer in Atlanta, GA.Posted: December 6th, 2010 08:12AM
Sq Ft of Flooring: approx 1500Installer: Mountaineer Construction Services
Brand: unknown
We just got a quote from a private flooring company through our contractor for wood flooring and its about the same as what Empire Flooring quoted us. Whenever you're talking about home improvements, there's always some jerk who knows where you went wrong, how you could have saved money, and a whole list of bad things that will happen to your house because you didn't do things like he would have done them. I do recommend shopping around. If you feel like Empire is the best option in your area (and its logical that in some areas Empire contractors are very good and in some areas they aren't) then go with Empire.
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