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How Much Does Hardwood Flooring Cost?

Having hardwood flooring installed in your home is exciting and you will enjoy the way it looks and how easy it is to care for. But, before you get too excited, you need to know the cost of the job, so you can properly budget for it. Below, we will go over some average costs and things for you to think about.

Cost of the Job

When it comes to the cost of a hardwood flooring job, you need to keep a few things in mind. You will need to pay for the cost of the materials, labor, and for the wood itself. Let’s take a look at some average prices now.

For a 1,200-square foot home, you can expect to spend anywhere between $5,000 and $6,800 for the wood itself. This is going to be the costliest part of the job, but good quality wood floor is worth every penny.

For the same 1,200-square foot home, you can expect to spend anywhere between $3,000 to $5,000 on labor. The labor includes the installation of the flooring and all cleanup, preparation, and site work that needs to be performed.

Lastly, you will need to pay for the additional materials for the job including the underlayment, tools, adhesives, and other materials required. For your 1,200-square foot home, this will run you anywhere between $500 and $600.

The total rough estimate cost will be anywhere between $8,500 and $12,400. The cost per square foot ranges anywhere from $5 per square foot with installation up to $20 per square foot with installation.

Cost Considerations to Keep in Mind

When it comes to the cost of your hardwood flooring, there are some factors that will influence the price you pay. For starters, the type of wood you choose to have in your home will fluctuate in price with better quality wood costing more and engineered wood costing less.

If you are a do-it-yourself type of person, you may be able to install the wood flooring for much cheaper, which would knock quite a bit off of the cost, but you must make sure that you have the tools to do the job. Installing wood floors may seem easy, but it is definitely not a walk in the park.

Next, the colour and type of wood you choose for your home will adjust the cost. Oak hardwood flooring may cost less than an exotic cherry wood that you have been eyeing.

Lastly, where you live is also a factor in the cost. If you live in an area where wood is readily available, you will pay less than someone who lives in an area where the wood will need to be imported.

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