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How much does it cost to install hardwood floors?

A few hours ago I was reading an email from one of our readers who was asking if we knew how much would it cost to install hardwood floors for his home. I thought there may be some other users interested to find the answer to that question so I did some research and I came up with that.

Pricing for installing hardwood floors depends very much on the type of hardwood floors you plan to use and by labor rates in your area. Our advice is that the best suitable solutions for a flooring installation over concrete, are glue down and snap together. Why? Because it won’t take much to install, and if you want to save some money, it’s a rather easy DIY job — all you need is to be comfortable working with one of those mini electric saws.

  • If you’re inclined to go for glue down flooring, expect to pay between $8 and $12 per square foot to a contractor. The price depends very much on the wood you’ll use and the way your room looks — as in if it has a lot of corners or if the concrete needs some adjustments.
  • For the easiest solution, use snap together flooring., It should go from a very cheap $2 to a higher $10 per square foot to buy the wood. Then add another $1 per square foot for installation. If you want to do it yourself, make sure that you’ve added a moisture barrier over your concrete before you start the process. Also make sure the concrete is smooth and you don’t have holes (too high on one side, too low on another side) in it. You’ll be hearing all sorts of sounds with time, and you don’t want that. The wood pieces use a tongue-in-groove system to stay together, so it should be easy enough. Just make sure that you’re leaving one inch on the sides — wood still “works”.

I hope that answers your question folks. If any of you have exact numbers (the whole area, sort of wood, etc) leave a comment below to have a better understanding of how much it costs to install hardwood floors.

Alex Ion

Alex started Decoist in early 2009, as a passion. With time, things have changed and Alex became more and more obsessed with fancy interiors and contemporary designs. Hence why all his attention today goes to running the magazine -- deciding what gets published, ensuring that our fans on Fa[...]

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