Cost of New Wood Floors

by The Carpenter

Cost of New Wood Floors

Wood is great for flooring since it has unmatched natural beauty and warmth, and is easy to maintain and eco-friendly as well. It also offers great variety – apart from the different species of wood, today you can find great number of styles and colors to satisfy even the most exquisite taste. It has also been proven that houses with hardwood floors on average sell faster and if you add the fact that this type of flooring can easily last for hundred years, you have plenty of reasons why you might want new wood floors in your home.

However, as with any other home improvement, you are likely to work with a budget that will influence your choices one way or another: in order to find the right balance between your personal taste, the best quality possible, and the amount of money that you would want to spend on a new wood floor, you should familiarize yourself with the different available options. The best place to start is to get free local flooring quotes and compare prices and contractors to see what suits your needs and budget best.

Engineered versus solid flooring – in order to get the best value for your hard-earned money, take the time to learn the difference between the two. Engineered hardwood floors are less expensive, but made by attaching one layer of hardwood to another layer, which is typically made of cheaper material. In most instances, the engineered flooring will wear faster than the solid wood, especially if you purchase the least expensive type that has a very thin layer of wood veneer. However, the engineered wood flooring has its advantages as well – it doesn’t have to be glued or nailed to a base and often the pieces can be clicked together and don’t require glue either; the engineered wood is also capable of handling moisture better due to its plywood (or similar material) base, which makes it suitable even for basements and any other rooms, where solid wood might not be appropriate for. Solid wood on the other hand typically comes unfinished, which gives you greater control over the final look of your flooring since you can choose the wax or the varnish.

The cost of your new floor will also depend on the species of wood that you choose: keep in mind that apart from checking out the cost of the material itself, the labor cost is likely to differ from one food type to another and some of the most exotic woods can come with up to three times higher labor cost than pine. If your budget is comfortably large, all you have to do is call a few professional installers, let them give you their quotations and choose the one that appeals the most to you. On the other hand, if you want to bring down the costs, you can take the time to visit the various dealers and stores in your area, learn about the different wood floor types and styles, take note of the material and delivery prices, and find out if you can do at least some of the work yourself in order to avoid paying premium hourly rates.

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Hardwood oak flooring November 1, 2016 at 10:35 am

Just a quick technical note – before purchasing and installing hardwood flooring consider carrying out a moisture test using a CM device. For engineered wood flooring the moisture levels should not exceed the following: for cement based concrete 2%CM; for anhydrite concrete 0.5%CM.

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