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The Total Costs of Hardwood Flooring

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? Carpet removal Carpet removal

Estimated price range includes total costs of removing carpet. Including: disassemble carpet form surface, cut into movable pieces, vacate the debris from home and dispose legally, and clean the area. Price includes all tools, materials, and labor involved with removing the carpet. Additional factors to effect the cost: total size of carpet, single/multi level home, local waste removal laws.

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120 sq.ft.
$4.20
$123.00
? Padding & Tackstrip removal Padding & Tackstrip removal

Estimated price range includes total costs of removing padding and tackstrip. Including removal from hardwood underneath, base, removing all staples, removing all nails, glued padding removal, tackstrip dismantling, vacate the debris from home and dispose legally, and clean the area from leftovers. Additional factors to effect the cost: total size of padding, length of tackstrip.

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120 sq.ft.
$10.20
$123.00
? Hardwood installation Hardwood installation

Estimated price range includes the costs of installing standard hardwood floors (3/4" solid hardwood floor planks, engineered, finished, unfinished) with one or a combination of installation methods, on clean and leveled underlayment subfloors. Price includes installation planning, area preparation, materials, tools, waste removal and cleaning. Additional factors to effect the cost: design pattern, amount of rooms, stairs, installed appliances, single/multi level home, other complications.

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120 sq.ft.
$177.00
$483.00
? Hardwood Flooring Materials and Supplies Hardwood Flooring Materials and Supplies

Estimated price range includes materials essential for hardwood floor installation including: hardwood planks, installation of matching wood puddy, surface sealants, fasteners, adhesives, underlayment and moisture / vapor barrier (manufacturer recommendation), moisture test kit. Alternative desired finish might change the prices.

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120 sq.ft.
$138.00
$1,253.00
? Quarter round / shoe molding installation Quarter round / shoe molding installation

Includes the perimeter of the installed hardwood floor. Cost calculated by perimeter square footage. Complications that effect the price are single/multi level home, design pattern, and amount of rooms.

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$42.25
$44.32
? Transition moldings installation Transition moldings installation

Includes transitions and moldings between rooms / walls / floor types, stair cases and installed appliances. Cost is calculated by the number of transitions needed to be installed.

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$26.70
$28.00
? Furniture moving Furniture moving

Includes moving the furniture in and out of the rooms that need new flooring installed. Cost is calculated by pieces of furniture that need to be moved, depending on size, weight, location, destination, and amount of people required to conduct the moving. Moving between levels in the house might affect the price.

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2 pieces
$41.00
$53.00
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Notes and additional information for hardwood floor installationestimator

The suggested prices are for standard averages on hardwood floor planks installed on prepared surfaces. The tools and materials needed to support the installation are based for finished solid and engineered hardwood (unfinished floors will require finish work, which IS NOT included in these calculations).

For unfinished floors you can estimate the INSTALLATION ONLY with the cost estimator on the higher side of the scale, and ADD ON the finishing cost to be done by yourself or with a professional contractor. If exotic hardwood floor planks are to be installed, or if the installation pattern is sophisticated, prices will probably increase and require an onsite visit with a contractor (NOTE: not all contractors work with exotic floors and installation patterns). The prices given by the estimator are NOT official quotes from contractors.

Hardwood Flooring

Scope for hardwood floor installation includes:

  1. Purchase and delivery of tools and materials:

    The scope of work included in the cost estimator assumes that contractors are responsible to purchase and deliver the tools and supplies required for the hardwood floor installation.
  2. Removal of the existing flooring (if present):

    Prices are estimated based on historic pricing. Each case is evaluated individually depending on furniture in the room(s), size, location, and disposal.
  3. Cost of related materials and supplies:

    Typically required to install hardwood floor, including manufacturer recommended underlayment, fasteners, adhesives and surface sealants for finished hardwood floors (unfinished require additional materials, tools, and labor - estimated separately). Hardwood planks are included in the price estimator, however it is recommended that exotic planks and sophisticated installation will be verified by contractor to confirm the price.
  4. Moldings:

    Suggested price estimate includes labor for installation of shoe moldings (quarter round) and transition moldings, if selected by the customer.
  5. Unfinished hardwood floor installation:

    Hardwood installation price assumes pre-finished floor. If the homeowner needs an unfinished hardwood floor (not common), he / she should ask the contractor to adjust the price accordingly.
  6. Installation of new floor may require subfloor repair

    (not included in price estimator).
  7. Installation pattern complications:

    Hardwood installation is per manufacturer-recommended standard pattern; custom pattern may be offered by the contractor at an additional price.
  8. If requested by the customer, includes new basic padding installation (labor + materials) for
  9. Padding:

    carpet and laminate. Advanced padding (e.g. soundproof) may be installed at an additional price
  10. Tools:

    Hardwood cost estimate includes all other materials and tools required to complete the job (floor paper, sanding paper, etc.).
  11. Waste management:

    Cost estimate includes disposal of the old flooring (if removal was requested by customer) and other waste materials for installation (leftovers, cuts, trash). Furniture and additional waste which is NOT directly related to installation will be priced separately.
  12. Other assumptions:

    Vinyl tile is being removed from subfloor, ceramic tile is being removed from wet bed or concrete floor, ceramic tile is being installed on a fully prepared floor, no custom tile cutting is made, other situations (not common) may require extra labor and fees.

ServiceWhale hardwood floors installation cost breakdown

Starting and completing a home improvement project is a difficult and time consuming task, for a hardwood flooring installation project. From deciding on your materials, to estimating your hardwood flooring cost, completing an installation on your own can seem nearly impossible. Whether you choose to hire a team of contractors or do the job yourself, the initial step for any hardwood flooring project is to calculate the exact hardwood floor installation cost you can afford.

Depending on the type of hardwood floor you choose and the size of your job, both the cost of hardwood floors and the cost to install hardwood floors may vary by hundreds of dollars, making it extremely useful to break down your project into its individual steps..

Hardwood floor cost by components

There are four general components that factor into the cost of installing hardwood floors:

  • Hardwood Floor Planks Cost
  • Labor Cost
  • Hardwood Floor Material and Supply Cost
  • Optional Costs

In addition to the component costs, you will need to choose how you plan to complete your project, which can massively alter your hardwood flooring installation cost:

  • DIY or Hire a Contractor
  • Contractor Hiring Tips

Whether you´re ready to start your project right away or prefer to look more in depth at the total cost to install hardwood floor, it´s important to have all the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions so that your hardwood floors cost as little as possible.