What's a fair price for wood flooring?

Answered by Jeffrey Anderson ~ October 10, 2013 ~ No Comments

I am going to remove carpet and put Hickory hand-scraped hardwood Shaw floors in a den, dining area, foyer, and hall. A company has quoted me $4800.00 for 572 square feet (including removing the carpet). What are your thoughts on the cost?


Jeffrey Anderson

Fred, as you have seen from your research, there can be quite a variance when comparing hardwood flooring prices. Shaw makes several different styles of hand-scraped hickory engineered flooring so I'm not sure which in particular you're considering. However, from what I was able to get material costs on, they all seem to fall into a price range of about $4.50 to $5.50 per square foot.

I would figure about $.08 to $.10 per square foot to remove the existing carpet, but it could be a little higher if it's glue-down. I'm not sure what, if any, prep work the slab might need before the hardwood flooring can be installed. In my experience, almost every concrete slab requires a little grinding in high spots or has dips that must be floated before installing engineered flooring. Glue-down engineered flooring seems to magnify imperfections in the subfloor that weren't corrected prior to installation.

The concrete should be sealed before the hardwood goes down so figure about $.40 to $.60 per square foot for that material and labor. The adhesive to secure the engineered flooring should run about $.60 to $.80 per square foot.

All that leaves is the installation labor and this is where you could have the most variance in your total job cost. The cost to put down hardwood in one large open area is normally a little less than the same square footage broken up among several rooms. Angled or irregular walls may also cause your price to go up as they can be somewhat labor intensive. I would figure in the neighborhood of $3.00 to $4.00 per square foot for the installation labor, but any unique job conditions might get that price as high as $5.00.

That brings the total for your project to about $8.58 on the low end and $11.00 at the upper end of the price range. The price you were quoted is $8.39 per square foot so it sounds to me like you're getting a pretty good deal - especially when the hardwood flooring is being installed in several small rooms and the slab could require some prep work. Keep in mind that the hardwood flooring prices I've quoted are national averages and could vary quite a bit depending on the job location, material manufacturer, and any unique conditions.

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