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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to install hardwood floors?

The cost of hardwood floors will depend primarily on the total square footage of flooring, the type of wood you select, the cost of labor in your region, and any preparation or repair work that needs to take place before installation. Selecting exotic woods, such as teak, will result in a higher cost for the project than a more affordable wood such as oak. The national average cost of hardwood floor installation is $5,750. Here are some examples of different woods and their average costs; actual costs will vary depending on the factors listed above.

  • Basic wood floor installation: $3 per square foot from a wood floor installation company.
    • The product cost for hand-scraped ¾-inch oak planks: $7 per square foot.
  • 620 square feet of maple floor:
    • Residential installation, total project cost: ~ $2,400 with five days of labor.
    • ¾-inch dark stained maple installed on top of new concrete in three rooms, a hallways, and a staircase.  
      • Cost for total project: ~$3.87 per square foot.

How long does it take to install a hardwood floor and a concrete floor?

The time it takes to install hardwood and concrete floors varies based on the condition of your current floors, the size of your floors and other factors. Use the following information to gauge how long your flooring installation might take.

Time it takes to install a hardwood floor: Several days to 2+ weeks

Hardwood floor installation can take anywhere from a few days to more than two weeks, depending on demolition, wood type, the condition of your subfloor, total square footage of the project and installation method. Demolition is necessary if you have existing flooring you want to replace with hardwood floors. New-construction homes do not require this step, as the subfloor is primed and ready for floor installation.

During demolition, the flooring crew may find that your subfloor has damaged wood, uneven surfaces or other problems that must be addressed before the new wood can be laid down. Subfloor repair can take a few hours to several days, depending on what’s hiding underneath your floor. The wood for your new floor generally arrives a few days before any work begins. 

The actual wood installation may take several days or more, depending on the size of your home and what type of custom cutting and designs are desired. If your flooring is not prefinished, the unfinished wood must then be sanded and stained in the home to treat and protect your new investment. Typically, staining takes a full day to dry, and multiple coats are applied. 

For a more accurate timeframe of how long it will take to install hardwood floors in your home, reach out to one of the best flooring companies near you.

Time it takes to install a concrete floor: 2 days to 1 week

Installing concrete floors can take anywhere from two days to a week, depending on what you need done. Some of the factors that can impact how long it will take to install concrete floors are: 

  • The size of the space
  • The stain or finish
  • The condition of your existing floor
  • Whether you want intricate, simple or no designs 
  • The overall complexity of the project

To get an accurate estimate of how long installing concrete floors will take for your home, speak to a concrete contractor near you. 

Should I remove baseboards when installing hardwood floors?

You can install hardwood floors without removing baseboards, but it’s recommended that you remove them to fix baseboards that aren’t properly aligned, cover the expansion gap, adjust the boards’ height and ensure the baseboards match the new flooring. When talking to contractors, ask if they recommend removing your baseboard before they install your hardwood floors.

How thick is hardwood flooring?

Hardwood flooring generally comes in several thicknesses, with thicker, high-quality boards typically being more expensive and more durable. The thinnest is 5/16 inch thick. The next thickness is 3/8 inch thick, and the thickest solid hardwood flooring is generally 3/4 inch thick or 1/2 inch thick. The cost for each thickness varies by the brand, retailer and type of wood. Generally, you might see prices ranging as low as  $2.50 to $6 per square foot.

What is the best hardwood floor?

The best hardwood floors are made from durable, hard species like oak, maple and cherry. Solid hardwood is typically the better choice over engineered wood because you can sand out the scratches multiple times. However, engineered hardwood is better equipped for humid households. 

Consider buying prefinished hardwood flooring, which can be more durable and simplify the installation process. Plus, prefinished wood often comes with a warranty from the factory.

Bamboo is another popular option, though be aware that some might not be as eco-friendly as others due to its production process. Some of the popular hardwood floor brands are Bruce, Carlisle and Lumber Liquidators.

To ensure you choose the best type of wood flooring for your home, hire one of the top hardwood floor installation professionals near you.

Do engineered wood floors scratch easily?

Yes, but engineered wood flooring has the same susceptibility to scratching as hardwood flooring. Engineering wood floors have a layer of real wood on top. For this reason, engineered hardwood reacts the same way that regular hardwood does to scratching. If you don’t mind a few character marks on your floor like small scratches and dents, this is not a problem. However, engineered wood can be sanded down and resealed if the damage gets too great.

Find a hardwood floor professional in your area who can tell you more about the pros and cons of engineered wood floors.

What are the different types of flooring I can install in my home?

Here are four popular types of flooring you can install in your home. 

Solid wood flooring:

Solid wood flooring is made up of 100% wood, and has a very natural look and feel. It can add value to your home and. It can resist wear and tear, and be sanded and refinished multiple times. However, solid wood is susceptible to humidity and water damage. When it’s humid, solid wood could expand and if there’s a flood, it will be hard for the wood to return to its natural shape.

Laminate flooring:

Laminate wood flooring is an artificial product that mimics real wood flooring. Its core consists of fiberboard material, topped by an image print layer and sealed with a clear protective film. Laminate flooring is UV-resistant and less expensive than solid hardwood (approximately $3 to $7 per square foot to install). However, it also has a lower-quality feel, is unable to be sanded and refinished, has a lifespan of around 25 years and will invariably have a repeated print, according to Consumer Reports

A laminate hardwood floor is popular in living areas like dining rooms and kitchens. Their quality has improved dramatically in recent years, making them an attractive alternative to more expensive flooring types. Laminate flooring can also be scratch-prone, easy to clean and maintain, and resistant to moisture. 

Vinyl flooring:

Vinyl flooring is made completely out of PVC plastic and is an excellent option for moisture-prone areas like bathrooms and kitchens. It is durable, comfortable and inexpensive. Vinyl plank flooring and vinyl floor tiles can also imitate stone, tile and wood. However, it is fairly easy to spot vinyl flooring as synthetic. Install luxury vinyl plank and sheet vinyl flooring in areas where moisture is a concern.

Engineered wood flooring:

Engineered wood flooring often has a plywood-core substrate and a genuine hardwood veneer as its uppermost layer. Engineered wood floors are more impervious to humidity than regular hardwood, meaning that it’s less likely to expand, warp and buckle, according to Consumer Reports. However, it can dent easily. The best engineered hardwood has a thicker veneer, as well as a quality that allows it to be sanded down and refinished to increase its lifespan. It can be as durable as solid hardwood, and it’s often an affordable choice for many homeowners.

If you need help choosing the best flooring for your home, reach out to the top flooring companies near you.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a flooring professional during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To safely set up a consultation or appointment with a flooring professional and avoid the risk of transmitting COVID-19, start with an online search. Contact the professional through a message and ask to set up a video or phone call to discuss the project. This lets the professional visualize what needs to be done without physically needing to be there. Discuss the project’s timeline, budget, virtual payment capabilities and adherence to guidelines set forth locally and by the CDC.

Can I use digital payments to pay for floor installation, replacement or repairs?

Many local flooring professionals offer digital payments to conduct transactions for floor repairs, installation, replacement and more. This trend has been increasing during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is prompting flooring professionals to take payments through Venmo, Square Cash, PayPal, Google Pay, Zelle and other convenient platforms. 

To ensure you can safely pay for the service, contact the professional beforehand and ask which services are acceptable. Take any measures necessary to comply with guidelines on social distancing.

Reviews for Jacksonville hardwood floor professionals
Kathy M.
This company refinished my hardwood floors. They were prompt, reasonably priced, courteous and very neat. I will hire them again!
Quality Craft Services IncQuality Craft Services Inc
Zain S.
Tally's just finished installing new hardwood flooring for us, and it looks stunning! Workmanship was super. I'm so happy with the results.
Tally's Quality FlooringTally's Quality Flooring
Thumbtack Customer
With a very large, yet staged remodeling job, Ron and the excellent team at Consolidated Home Improvements have completed nearly 2,000 sf of hardwood floor installation. The floors look beautiful - with no mess, no waste, no fuss. They have been very willing to also work around our needs to do the work in stages and deal with massive floor leveling issues. They have met the challenges flawlessly - with more work ahead for them from the Mitchell household!
Consolidated Home Improvements Inc.Consolidated Home Improvements Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
If you want confidence that your new floor will get installed beautifully, call Ron LaDue! These guys are excellent at what they do! You can trust them with your flooring job. They are skilled installers and really know what they are doing, why they are doing it and how to do it right. We had a big job that included installing 1000 sq ft of hardwood floor and 300 sq foot of 20x20 inch porcelain tile. It had to be done right. Brian did a great job with our fireplace too and the entire crew took its time to try and get everything perfect. Mikey and Thomas worked with Brian and made sure the floors were level and everything was finished out to our satisfaction. The team was polite and professional in every way. They also seemed to enjoy what they do. My wife and I were very happy with the results. We highly recommend Consolidated Home Improvements.
Consolidated Home Improvements Inc.Consolidated Home Improvements Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
** Update in response to company's reply** The integrity of the wood floors were in great condition and had never been stained, only sealed with protective finish. We chose minwax gray stain. A gray stain is no different than a brown stain, they are both a color tinted stain. Proper techniques MUST be followed when sanding wood and dealing with any stain. Renting a large industrial sander that is out of tune and too aggressive for the floors resulted in grooves and divots throughout, as well as, sanding across wood grain would ruin ANY oak wood floors. (see pics). There is also specific preparation prior to sealing that was not done so dust and dirt aren't sealed into the floor. Of course we were not happy because we were paying for a service by professionals and they clearly were not experienced in this area, although I was told they were. Tile job looks great as indicated in other reviews. However what they did to my existing floors and then the treatment afterwards is completely unprofessional. *Original: I hired Elite Transformations to refinish my original hardwood floors with new stain and finish, as well as, tiling another area of my home. I discussed with Ehren Brennalt, the owner, in person 2 times at my house exactly what I was wanting done, and he confirmed they were experienced and were able to do it with no problem. Ehren's father started sanding my floors on July 17th and said he would start in a back bedroom with stain shades and make sure everything was right before proceeding to the whole house. Although we expressed concerns with the blotchiness of his sample room, he proceeded to lay stain on the entire floor Thursday, July 20th, resulting in the same blotched look. Friday, he then "painted" the sample room floor with stain and left it. He contacted my fiancé and stated that the stain (Minwax brand) wasn't a good stain and they were leaving, but would try something else on Monday, July 24th. My fiancé and I went to the house that evening, and used a hand sander to conduct our own sample areas and identify what the issue was. We discovered that not all of the old finish was removed, therefore causing blotches and the stain not absorbing in the wood properly. I contacted Jim and asked him to meet me Monday morning at the house prior to purchasing additional materials. I showed him the various sample spots on the floor which show where we sanded to the natural wood vs where they sanded because it was clearly not down to the natural wood. He indicated they rented another, yet, different sander and were going to resand the whole floor. They resanded , restained, and sealed the whole floor by Thursday, July 27th. When I went to inspect the floors that evening there were several areas that had stain and sanding marks across the wood grain, numerous blotches around corners, and areas where sanding dust was sealed into the floor. I texted Jim regarding my concerns and did not get a response. I went to the house on Friday July 28th and discussed my concerns with the one worker who was at the house doing the last touch ups to the baseboards that they got stain on and nicked with the sander. I was contacted by Ehren who stated he was in a bad cell area and couldn't call, but would address my concerns. Friday, Ehren and his employee stayed at the house until almost 8pm and went around the various spots along walls and corners with a hand sander. When leaving he stated he would return Saturday morning to finish the corrections. Saturday he returned and put stain on the areas they resanded and tried to "blend" to the rest of the floor. He stated he would again return on Sunday to complete the fixes. He did return on Sunday and set up some tools he brought and started working on the spots they were trying to fix. While we were at the home with him working on other things, he grabbed his belongings and left without notifying us that he was headed out. I received a text message from him shortly after apologizing because he couldn't fix it, he couldn't spend anymore time on my floors and that he thinks the whole thing needs to be redone, and I should probably find someone who knows how to do it. I had already pushed back numerous furniture deliveries, the original date to paint the interior, and had to extend where I am living into the month of August due to the floors taking well over the time he stated it would. He then immediately invoiced me for the tile work they completed, which I confirmed I would still pay for, and upcharged me on material used. I inquired about the price of mortar they purchased because the bags were still on my porch. The bags he used cost $14 at Lowes, and his invoice stated they purchased 8 bags totaling $240. I pointed out that for 8 bags of what was purchased, it should only be around $120 after tax. I requested the receipts of the materials because we discussed, and agreed, that whatever was needed outside of what I brought, they would purchase and give me the receipt for reimbursement. His response was that his invoice was the receipt and if I didn't like the prices, I should have picked it up myself. He then threated to put a lien on my home if I didn't pay him ASAP. I vacuumed off the dust around the house and started to observe all the various areas they had sanded and tried to "fix". I noticed there were now very visible divots throughout the house from the aggressive sander they rented and brought the second time. I reached out to another professional floor installer, as well as experts at the equipment rental store, and they both indicated that those were caused by a drum sander which grinded into the wood every time it started and stopped moving. An orbital sander should have been used so that it was a smooth, vibrating sand that does not cause damage to wood. I paid the invoice for the tile and then sent pictures of the damage on the wood floor. I asked how he was going to rectify the damage they caused. He told me there were scratches and damage when they got there. I was very clear that there may have been normal wear and tear scratches, nothing substantial like what I have now. I have before pictures showing no damage to floor and I also have the home inspection which indicates there was no repairs or replacement needed to the floor. The emails following this were rude and unprofessional considering I took a week to get multiple floor quotes, meet everyone in person to show the floor, read their reviews, then they took 2 weeks on my floor only leave me with damaged wood floors, blotched stains and 2 steps back from where I started. I included some pics, but there are many and don't give justice to what I was left with. I'm very disappointed and heartbroken that someone could create this mess for a customer and then just walk away with "sorry, can't fix it". ** Update in response to company's reply** The integrity of the wood floors were in great condition and had never been stained, only sealed with protective finish. We chose minwax gray stain. A gray stain is no different than a brown stain, they are both a color tinted stain. Proper techniques MUST be followed when sanding wood and dealing with any stain. Renting a large industrial sander that is out of tune and too aggressive for the floors resulted in grooves and divots throughout, as well as, sanding across wood grain would ruin ANY oak wood floors. (see pics). There is also specific preparation prior to sealing that was not done so dust and dirt aren't sealed into the floor. Of course we were not happy because we were paying for a service by professionals and they clearly were not experienced in this area, although I was told they were. Tile job looks great as indicated in other reviews. However what they did to my existing floors and then the treatment afterwards is completely unprofessional.
Elite Transformations LLCElite Transformations LLC
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