Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Flooring, Painting & Remodeling > Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered Wood Flooring Cost


How Much Does Engineered Wood Flooring Cost?

 
low costBasic Flooring: DIY $1,300-$2,300; Installed $2,500-$4,200average costMid-Range, Installed: $3,300-$6,300 high costHigh End, Installed: $5,300-$7,500

Engineered wood flooring has a "wear layer" veneer of real wood (about 1/16th- to 1/6th-inch) bonded to 2-10 layers (piles) of low-cost wood backing. Because it's sometimes referred to as laminated-wood flooring, engineered wood flooring can be confused with laminate flooring, which uses a photo of wood grain instead of the actual wood veneer used in engineered flooring.

Typical costs:

  • Materials and labor to install a basic engineered wood floor (typically three piles in the core and a top wood veneer layer 1/16th- to 1/12th-inch-thick) runs about $6-$10 a square foot for an average project, or $8-$13 a square foot with patterns, borders or extensive prep work. Adding in about $50-$250 for baseboard/trim and other needed supplies gives total costs of $2,500-$4,200 for a typical 20x20-foot living room, and 3,300 -$5,500 for a more complex installation.
  • Mid-range flooring (about five piles in the core and a slightly thicker wood veneer) costs around $8-$15 a square foot for a standard installation and $10-$18 for a more difficult project, making total costs for a 20x20-foot living room about $3,300-$6,300 with standard installation and $4,100-$7,500 for complex work.
  • High-end engineered flooring (seven or more piles, a top veneer layer up to 1/6th-inch thick and possibly an exotic wood veneer) runs $13-$18 a square foot with standard installation and $15-$21 with patterns or other complications. Total costs could be $5,300-$7,500 for an average 400-square-foot living room and $6,300-$8,400 with installation complications. Wide planks (up to 7-1/2 inches wide) are usually in the higher end of the price ranges.
  • For do-it-yourself installation, prices start around $3-$5 a square foot for low-end flooring; adding in baseboard/trim pieces and other needed supplies/tools makes it $1,300-$2,300 for materials for a 20x20-foot living room. Mid-range flooring materials run $5-$10 a square foot, or $2,100-$4,400 for the living room. A homeowner[1] installed flooring in an 85-square-foot entrance hall for about $500 (just under $6 a square foot), but ThisOldHouse.com[2] estimates it takes moderate skills, 6 to 8 hours and $8-$12 per square foot to install good engineered-wood flooring.
Related articles: Bamboo Flooring, Cork Flooring, Laminate Flooring, Solid Wood Flooring, Wood Flooring, Carpet

What should be included:
  • Engineered wood flooring is easier to install than traditional solid wood flooring, and it can be used on any type of sub-floor (including a concrete slab) and below ground level. Most engineered wood floors can be refinished at least once (depending on the thickness of veneer). ThisOldHouse.com provides an overview[3] of engineered-wood flooring.
  • With professional installation, a company representative should visit to give a detailed estimate. This is the time to confirm who will be responsible for tearing up old flooring and moving furniture.
  • HardwoodInstaller.com provides tips[4] for what to do before installation starts, and BobVila.com provides a video of the installation process.
Additional costs:
  • There can be extra charges for furniture removal and replacement; ripping out and disposing of old flooring; repairing or replacing a damaged subfloor; removing existing moldings, baseboards or other floor trim; and removing and then re-hanging doors. A Conneticut installer[5] charges an extra 20 cents per square foot to remove old carpet, another 20 cents per square foot for moving furniture, and $15 per appliance moved.
Shopping for engineered wood flooring:
  • Look for examples of engineered flooring styles that appeal to you. ThisOldHouse.com provides photo galleries of a range of styles[6] from elegant to rustic, and samplings of specific types[7] and wood species[8] . Flooring manufacturers also post photo galleries; some of the major companies are Bruce (Armstrong)[9] , EcoTimber and Mohawk[10] .
  • Engineered-wood flooring is available online and in home improvement centers and flooring stores. The World Floor Covering Association provides a directory[11] of retail floor stores by zip code. Online sources include BuildDirect.com and LumberLiquidators.com[12] .
  • Most stores that sell engineered wood flooring either provide installation service or referrals to local contractors. Ask about the installer's training and experience with engineered-wood flooring, and request (and contact) references from satisfied customers. Request confirmation that they're properly insured, bonded and licensed (state licensing requirements vary).
post Post    
CostHelper News


7 Tricks To Make Home Appliances Last Longer
Give your household equipment a little workout now and then, to make sure anything mechanical will perform well when needed. Periodic exercise can extend the usable life of many items. || Posted October 14 2013


5 Important Things to Know Before a Tornado Hits
This week the Midwest has been battered by tornados, which are one of the most violent and destructive type of storms nature has in its arsenal. || Posted November 19 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Engineered Wood Flooring
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Square Feet: Style: 
Manufacturer: Installed by: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080524141756AAtfhap
  2.  www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,216032,00.html
  3.  www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,20255324,00.html
  4.  www.hardwoodinstaller.com/hardwoodinstaller/prep-help-installer-coming.htm
  5.  wiki.answers.com/Q/How_much_does_installation_cost_for_flooring
  6.  www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20255115,00.html
  7.  www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20255083,00.html
  8.  www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20055557,00.html
  9.  www.bruce.com/flooring/hardwood
  10.  www.mohawkflooring.com/flooring-guide/hardwood-guide/hardwood-types.aspx
  11.  www.wfca.org/FlooringStoreLocator.aspx
  12.  www.lumberliquidators.com/ll/home
More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Does Pressure Washing Cost? How Much Does a Central Air Conditioner Cost? How Much Does a Deck Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Er kidney stone treatment
Paid: 17834.00
Very expensive for four hours and no intervention other than pain meds and fluids pushed through iv... [more]
-Kattarina
Kidney Stone Treatment Cost
bone marrow biopsy
Paid: 25186.50
This was the bill for a 30 minute procedure that was done by a nurse not an MD. to read the biopsy the charge (in the bill ) was 12,600.this is crazy!I am a Veterinarian and I would have charged -MAX 3000.00 total to the pet parent... [more]
-Kevin Schultz
Biopsy Cost
22Kw Generac
Paid: 8300.00
Ok deal. I was replacing a old 16kw that went bad. They were able to use my old transfer switch, Cement pad, Etc. it runs on natural gas... [more]
-Teckonesol
Standby Generator Cost
Propane
Paid: 1.45
I had a $50.00 weekly auto payment set up for my LP to get ahead and bank up a large sum so I could get on Pre-Pay Plan; which Locks In summer prices, through the winter season until your prepay is used up... [more]
-
Propane Cost
#3 Cylinder Ignition coil replaced
Paid: 408.00
Traced issue to #3 cylinder ignition coil. Replaced the ignition coil pack... [more]
-Prem
Ignition Coil Replacement Cost
Alternator
Paid: 830.00
V6 Camry XLE. New part and labot.Costco Wholesale Recommended Shop. Quality Auto Center in Roselle, N.J. Good Luck,First get costco recommendation coupon. My assumption price is somewhat market fot area... [more]
-Fabian
Alternator Cost