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Budgeting for Hardwood Floors—The Gist of the Matter

Posted on October 14, 2019 by fivestarwood

While you though that hardwood floors were the perfect options for your beloved home, now that you’re checking out the rates and installation costs, you’re starting to doubt your choice.

It’s no secret that hardwood floors—in comparison to other options like laminate or tiles—are expensive. However, their durability and beauty make up for it. So what do you do?

Here’s our take on the matter!

The Bare Bones of Hardwood Floors

The average cost of a square foot of hardwood floor is between $12 and $20.

Now let’s say that you have a 200 square foot lot. If you want to have hardwood floors covering the entirety of it, the cost will come to anywhere between $2,400 and $4,000.

Factors that affect this final number include:

– Size, since the flooring is sold by foot. The greater the size of the project, the higher the cost.

– Location, especially if it’s a smaller space, tight angles, or perhaps a closet or two that’s custom designed.

– The type of flooring you buy. Hardwood floors are made from different species of wood. They come in a range of style and finishes. Exotic hardwoods are more expensive, while unfinished hardwoods are cheaper.

All of these factors can make or break your budget.

Deciding on the Right Number

First, measure your floors to determine how much you need. Divide all the rooms and measure them as you would a grid.

Factor in angles, closets, and bumps. Measure each section in inches in width and length, then multiply both numbers to get the total number of square inches. Divide that number by 144; this will give you the total number of square feet.

Once you have that, you can add all the other sections (rooms) and get the final number.

Adding 10 percent to the total will give you enough hardwood to work with.

Laying it Down

Once you have this final number, another cost you’ll need to factor in is the subfloor.

Whether you have a pre-existing subfloor or are having one installed, you’ll need to make sure your wood floor settles in right.

All hardwood floors require a subfloor, unless you have engineered wood planks. In that case, you can have planks installed on concrete. But if there’s excessive moisture in your area (as is the case in Seattle), you’ll need a vapor barrier.

Additional Factors

Once that’s done, it’s time to choose your planks. According to what you decide (let’s say, for example, solid hardwood), you’ll need to find the right wood flooring grade. Check the Janka score, the Character grade, the species—this will help you find the most durable product of all.

After that, it’s time for installation and finishing. And that’s where we come in.

Contact Us

Five Star Hardwood Floor offer wood floor installation Seattle, repairs and refinishing to all in numerous cities in Washington including Woodinville, Redmond and Seattle.

For further services, we’re the ones to call.

Feeling intimidated by the prospect of hardwood floors? Don’t worry; call us now. We’ll guide you through all the initial details as well. With Five Star Hardwood Floor, a Seattle Hardwood Flooring Services, we take care of you and your floors, the right way!