There are many types of flooring, different flooring measurements, different styles…a lot goes into ultimately choosing one floor. Hardwood floors, for example, are sold in different degrees of hardness and thickness. There are two decisions to make from the get-go. Of course, cost is often the greatest flooring influence. Homeowners always have a vision and a budget. Throughout the flooring process, a homeowner will have to weigh the two and try to find the perfect fit, or at least a satisfying fit. Keep in mind, a good chunk of the budget needs to be allotted for flooring installation.
The popularity of hardwood floors has not faded one bit over the years. Despite growing competition from other flooring textures, the benefits of hardwood flooring continue to stand firm for buyers. Hardwood’s great quality does however require precise installation. In fact, hardwood flooring ranks towards the top of the list in installation cost.
The average homeowner generally spends between $2,500-$4,500 to install hardwood floors. Cost will vary based on the size of the room. Generally speaking, hardwood flooring will cost anywhere between $8 – $12 per square foot. If a homeowner needs unfinished wood to be installed then it may cost extra, as the contractor will have to sand the wood on the job site.
Cost will also be effected by the type of wood. For instance, bamboo is a popular bargain in terms of durability and style. Walnut hardwood floors, on the other hand, are a premiere choice and will therefore cost on the highest end to install.
Laminate flooring maintains its commonality due to its affordability. Though it is not hardwood, laminate is meant to portray hardwood, just in a less-durable and less-stylish manner. Hence, it is cheaper. Laminate installation will cost about half of the cost of hardwood. You’ll see a range of $1,000-$2,500. Cost per square foot will range from $5 – $8.
Like hardwood, thickness and finish will factor into pricing. Customarily, laminate flooring is sold in 8 mm thickness and 12 mm thickness. Thickness correlates with pricing as you would expect it to–the thicker the flooring, the more it will cost. Different types of finishes, such as embossed and hand-scraped will vary pricing. An embossed finish will not be as stylish, but it is cheaper. In contrast, a hand-scraped finish is aimed to make laminate flooring as close to the appearance of actual hardwood as possible. This will naturally make a hand-scraped finish more expensive.
Carpeting is perhaps the cheapest of flooring options. Carpet itself is cheap; installation can be tedious, but it is inexpensive compared to other flooring materials. This traditional type of floor will cost around $3 – $4 per square foot to install. Carpet is offered in different types and styles, but this will have little impact on the cost of installation.
The factors that can impact installation costs include the contractor(s) having to work around certain cut outs in the surface, perhaps pertaining to plumbing or electricity. Also, the use of a “power stretcher” tool can increase labor costs. This tool is used to ensure the carpet is fully stretched and in place.
Floors Touch, located in McKinney, TX, offers all of the above for purchase and installation. We will sell and install your flooring choice at a fair price. Our experts will give you all of the information you need to make the flooring choice that you feel confident in for your home.