There are several factors that affect hardwood floor installation cost. If you are planning to have nice and beautiful hardwood flooring in your house, then your dream should start with finding out the probable costs of installing the hardwood floors in order to start saving for the required investment on its installation.
Estimating the costs of hardwood installation is quite challenging since you need to factor in everything in order to arrive at the most accurate estimate. But basically, there are two main factors to consider, and they are the costs of the materials and the labor cost.
Each of these major factors is comprised of several components. For better understanding on the costs of labor and materials, it is best to get into details of the labor costs and the amount needed to purchase the required materials.
The total hardwood floor installation cost is mainly comprised of labor. This takes up the bulk of your expenses since it is assumed that you already have the hardwood floors in your possession, which is the most expensive part of having hardwood flooring in your house.
The labor cost generally depends on how you are charged by the installers of the hardwood flooring. Some flooring installers charge by hour, while others charge per floor area.
If you opt for professional installers paid on hourly basis, then the longer it takes to install the floors, the higher shall be your expenses. But if you opt for expert installers who charge you according to the floor area, then it doesn’t matter if it takes long to install the house since the total amount is already fixed based on the actual floor area of the house.
The labor cost is usually influenced by the type of work involved during the installation process. It is important to note that there are various methods of installing hardwood floors. The installation method to use also depends on the type and design of the hardwood floors that you have.
There are wood floorings that need to be nailed to the flooring foundation, while others require only strong glue for their installation. The time it takes to nail each hardwood floor is different from the time required to glue the flooring materials to the ground. This will make the entire costs of each method different. Additionally, if the work is more complicated, then the per-area rate of the labor cost is higher compared to the rate charged by installers on floors that are simple to install.
Aside from that, the total hardwood floor installation cost becomes higher if you are replacing your old flooring. Pulling out the old floors and preparing the ground for hardwood flooring installation may require additional expenses. But if you are installing the floor inside a new house, then the total cost is lower compared to flooring replacement as part of your home renovation.
The other major component of the total hardwood floor installation cost is the materials. Do not make the wrong impression that just because you are done making a huge spending on the hardwood floors you will not have to spend further for the materials.
In fact, there are still a few other materials that you need to spend during the installation process. Among them are the different types of nails or the glue and other adhesives, materials for the foam underlay for insulation, sealants, and the vapor barrier.