Hardwood Floor Install Cost

Hardwood floor installation costs will vary depending upon a great deal of factors especially if the floor is going into a new home or if the floors are being installed as part of a remodeling job. New home installation is not going to be as expensive because the prep work that is required is generally much less. In a new home, the wood floor can usually be laid right on top of the subfloor but in an existing home, the cost to install a hardwood floor will be more dependent on how difficult it will be to remove the existing floor.

Hardwood Floor Installation Prep Work

If you have decided to install hardwood where there is now carpet, the preparation work should not be too tough. You can easily remove the carpeting yourself, pull up all the tacks and tape and have a surface that should be ready for hardwood. However, if you are going to replace linoleum or tile with the hardwood flooring then the prep work will be more time consuming and your project more expensive. The linoleum will have to be completely removed and the entire adhesive left behind cleaned up. When it comes to tile it must be chipped away and stripped to the subfloor to begin the hardwood flooring installation. This extra effort could add hundreds of dollars or more to your installation costs depending on the size of the room.

Cost to Install Hardwood Floor

Assuming you have a clean, sound surface for installing the hardwood floor you can expect to pay a professional about $8 a square foot for materials and installation. If you are doing a standard 12x12 room that puts the cost at about a thousand dollars. If you do the installation yourself, then obviously you can save a significant amount of money. The price of your project will also depend on the wood you have selected. Premium woods will be more expensive per square foot while some laminate material will cost a little less. Around here, we are quite clearly partial to walnut hardwood flooring for its beauty and value.

The cost of installing your hardwood floor will also depend on what type of floor you have selected. Many of the floors being sold today are called "free floating" because they don’t have to be nailed down or glued down. Installation of these types of floors is simpler so the cost will not be as expensive. If you have a floor that must be nailed down it will cost more because the effort is more time consuming and requires special tools.