When it comes to choosing the perfect flooring for a home, hardwood is often the first choice for most homeowners. Even though it is certainly not the cheapest option on the market, hardwood flooring is popular for its durability and versatility, as well as the classic and warm appearance it gives to a home. Not only is hardwood flooring aesthetically pleasing, but it can also add value to your home when it comes time to sell as it makes practically any space look more appealing. However, even though hardwood floors are more affordable than many realize, it’s still very important that you do your research to find the right option for your home. The installation process itself is a big job and one that most homeowners hire professionals to complete, but there are also other things to consider such as the type of hardwood being used and long-term maintenance.
What Factors Affect Hardwood Flooring Costs?
Today we’re going to look at what affects hardwood flooring costs to give you a better understanding of the various expenses associated with installing hardwood floors in your home.
Type of Wood Being Used
Hardwood flooring prices can vary widely, but one factor to consider is the type of wood you choose to install. There are plenty of hardwood flooring options to choose from and each hardwood flooring type offers its own unique set of characteristics.
- Bamboo: One of the least expensive options on the market is bamboo flooring. We know bamboo doesn’t exactly qualify as hardwood, but many people associate bamboo with hardwood so we had to add it to the list. Though bamboo is harder than most hardwoods, bamboo is actually a form of grass, comes in many color options, and two shades: a natural light-colored tint or it can be boiled (carbonized) for a darker look.
- Oak: Due to its high resistance from dents and deep scratches, oak flooring is the most commonly used hardwood flooring of the bunch. For that reason alone, oak flooring is a popular choice for anyone who would prefer to stay away from area rugs. However, oak flooring also comes in a wide variety of stain colors and always comes in its obvious grain pattern that simply cannot be replicated.
- Hickory: Ideal for homeowners expecting a lot of foot traffic over the years, hickory wood flooring is more commonly found in rustic or log homes. Hickory also has a close grain without much figure and goes with nearly any design.
- Cherry: Another cost-effective hardwood flooring option is cherry. Like other hardwoods, cherry produces a great look that is easy to maintain and even darkens as it ages. Cherry has been used for years throughout the construction industry purely because it looks as good as nearly any other type of wood.
- Pine: Quite popular due to its pinholes and knots, pine wood is a great option for anyone looking for a “character wood.” Pine is actually a very soft wood which makes it perfect for those who want hardwood, but are unsure as to the rough touch. Pine is not the cheapest wood on the market, but it’s also not the most expensive.
- Walnut: If you really want your home to shine, walnut wood is the choice for you. Walnut is a very strong and durable option and the wood is light to dark chocolate brown in color. However, it will come with a slightly higher cost.
- Brazilian Cherry: Brazilian cherry wood has a rich burgundy color and much like ash wood (discussed later), Brazilian cherry is a very hard wood option. Due to the fact you will likely require the help of a professional to install Brazilian cherry, it tends to be a very difficult project for any DIYer and will also come with a price.
- Maple: Easily one of the most popular and widely known types of wood, maple wood is such a hard wood that it can last in nearly any home for long periods of times. Often used in bowling alleys, maple wood has a curly grain pattern that is more subtle than many other kinds of wood but can’t absorb dark stains very well.
- Mahogany: Prized for its beauty and color, mahogany is a highly durable, water-resistant hardwood. Many hardwood advocates say mahogany gives a classic and timeless look, which is mostly why it is one of the most sought after and expensive hardwoods on the market.
- Ash: For property owners who truly love hardwood, ash is the option to choose. Some feel it’s the toughest and hardest wood on the block, but when you see a light-colored hardwood floor, more often than not, it’s ash wood.
Hardwood floors add instant character and beauty to any room of the house and some say that it can even make a home sell quickly and also raise its value. Regardless of which option you choose, hardwood floors should always be installed by a professional to ensure that they are put in properly. While installation cost factors will largely be determined by the size of the space you are installing hardwood flooring in, location of the hardwood also plays a role as tight angles, closets, and small spaces could potentially increase the cost of installation. The average homeowner can plan on spending anywhere between $2,400 and $4,000 for a 200 square foot installation of solid or engineered pre-finished hardwood flooring.
While maintenance is much more of a time investment in the long-term, it’s still an important thing to consider as you have to know the proper care techniques for your choice of hardwood. It’s also important to know which kind of finish your floor is coated with as the type of finish used determines the kind of maintenance that will be required.
For starters, you will want to consider adding protective felt or soft pads on the bottom of all of your furniture while also placing rugs and mats at all exterior entrances to capture abrasives and moisture. Be sure to vacuum or dry dust-mop regularly to remove abrasives and dirt and wipe up spills immediately. It’s also important to be sure you use cleaners that are specifically designed for hardwood floors only. Cleaners designed for other surfaces often contain harsh chemicals or wax that will dull the finish of hardwood or damage the finish completely.
Over time, it’s natural for hardwood floors to fade or change shades over time. Exposure to sunlight may increase this process and cause a permanent color change so window treatments are recommended to shade your hardwood from harsh UV rays. You might also want to consider regularly rotating area rugs and furniture to allow your hardwood floors to age evenly.
How to Save on Hardwood
Want to figure out how to hold down hardwood flooring costs? We don’t blame you. There are many hardwood flooring options available and being aware of the differences within each category allows you to choose the less-expensive options that work best for you and your budget. Here are a few tips when it comes time for you to start shopping for hardwood floors.
Refinish Instead of Replace
Solid hardwood can be refinished multiple times and you may be able to refinish a worn-looking hardwood floor. This option works best if you know for certain that you’ll like the look of your current floor after it has been sanded and a fresh coat of finish has been applied.
Remove and Dispose of the Old Flooring
Most contractors will charge you extra if you want them to rip out the old flooring and dispose of it properly, so if you think can do this part of the project safely, you can certainly save some money here.
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