Determining costs of hardwood floors has to do with many factors as they are come across in different phases of the installation process. There is a variety of wood to choose from that can either bump up the budget or be aligned with it. The prices are always in a fluctuating state depending on the supply of wood in Walnut Creek.
There are things to consider when calculating costs which can include the type of wood, flooring style and installation method. These are just the visible costs. There are more hidden costs to hardwood flooring which is mostly compensated in labor and materials used. It is always advisable to keep the budget above 5% to 10% from the original quoted price.
Typical costs As the process starts from measuring the area of installation, the choice of wood flooring type is very important. Usually the prices are mentioned on the type of wood being chosen for the floor. But this will increase since there is the type of installation and the supplies cost associated with it. Supplies like nails and staples are not that expensive, normally a box of standard 2-staples can be purchased under $50 in the vicinity.
Normally hardwood flooring can cost from $1.5 per square foot to $4.5 per square foot but it depends on the provider and the store they are choosing from.
Installation Costs Usually solid hardwood is more expensive than engineered floors. Installing a standard solid strip takes about $7-$8 on average per square foot. If wide planks are used this cost can rise to $12 per square foot on average. On the whole if the area to be covered is a 12×12 foot room, the total cost of installation including materials, insulation and site finishing will take up to about $1150 to $1750 on average.
If a factory finish is required this would average from $7 to $10 per square foot making the total installation cost around $1140 to $2000 for a 12×12 foot room. Complete installation process can undergo $7 to $11 per square foot based on the type of wood being chosen for the floor. This also includes the foam underlay and glue installation process. For a 12×12 foot room the estimated cost can range from $1000 to $1585 on average.
Refinishing Refinishing can take about 2 to 4 days to complete. If the floor is in good condition then the cost can average from $1.5 to $4 per square foot. So a 12×14 foot room can total $600 on average.
Labor Costs This is the most expensive part of the flooring process. Labor cost depends on the various tasks being performed by the service providers in the installation process. A breakdown of labor cost based on the type of flooring will give an idea of the total estimate.
Nail down, glue or floating wood floors can range from $2.75 to $3.25 per square foot Plywood installation or baseboard installation can cost up to $2 per square foot, if a moisture barrier is installed as well this can take about $1.25 extra. Installing hardwood borders and medallions can vary from company to company but normally takes about $3 on average. Refinishing wood floors including buffing, top coats, staining can cost around $8 to $9 per square foot in total. Removing furniture, appliances and carpets can charge extra of $30 or more. Floor preparation has charges per hour which can be about $60 per hour.
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