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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.

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 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 is the best flooring for dogs?

Waterproof or scratch-resistant flooring is typically the best flooring for dogs. This includes: 

  • Vinyl: Vinyl may not add much to the value of your home, but it is resistant to scratching, stains, dents and accidents. Plus, it’s an affordable option.
  • Tile: Tile is generally water-resistant and scratch-proof, and more affordable than hardwood or stone.
  • Laminate: Laminate is not truly waterproof, but it is tough and often more scratch-resistant than other wood floorings. 

Remember that solid hardwood is susceptible to damage, including dents, scratching, licking and accidents. But if you want to install wood floors, the best hardwood floors for dogs are typically made out of maple, Brazilian walnut or bamboo.

For more tips on choosing the best flooring for dogs, talk to one of the best flooring installation professionals near you.

How much does it cost to install flooring?

The national average cost to install flooring is $5,500, with prices ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 . Your cost can be much lower or higher depending on the type of flooring you select, the square footage of the project, and other important variables like demolition and repair work needed.

Here are some examples of floor installation costs, depending on the material:

Reach out to the top flooring installation specialists near you to get an accurate, free estimate of how much it will cost to install flooring in your home.

How do you clean hardwood, concrete, vinyl and laminate floors?

After you get new floors installed in your home, make sure you maintain them. Use these tips to keep your floors clean, shiny and polished. 

How to Clean Concrete Floors

Start by sweeping or vacuuming the entire surface to remove loose debris. Mopping will require different substances based on the type of concrete floor. For a polished concrete floor, use a specialized polished concrete cleaner. For a painted concrete floor, use a mild all-purpose cleaner. A sealed concrete floor can be cleaned with dishwashing liquid, while an unsealed floor is best cleaned with trisodium phosphate and stain removers. Use kitty litter or cornstarch for grease stains, and distilled white vinegar for rust stains. 

For more tips on how to clean and maintain your concrete floors, consult with your professional concrete flooring contractor.

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Cleaning hardwood floors typically requires a mop, bucket and some type of hardwood floor cleaner. Start by removing furniture and objects. Vacuum up all debris (or use a dust mop), moving with the grain. Spray your cleaner on a small section of the floor, and mop in a figure-eight motion, working backward. Make sure there are no puddles. 

In high-traffic areas, you should mop one or two times per week. Low-traffic areas should be mopped at least once per month. 

To ensure you're cleaning and maintaining your hardwood floors properly, speak with your hardwood flooring installation specialist.

How to Clean Laminate Floors:

Start by vacuuming to remove dust, dirt and other debris. The best mop for laminate floors is a microfiber mop with a sprayer feature. Spray and mop one small area at a time to avoid standing liquid on the floor. Go over the floor with a dry microfiber cloth after mopping to make sure all liquid is gone. 

Although you can use a damp mop, never use a wet mop on laminate floors. Moisture can cause the flooring to bubble, swell and buckle. Instead, use a dedicated laminate floor mop with a laminate floor cleaner spray. The best mop for laminate floors is typically made with microfiber, which picks up dirt and absorbs moisture well.

Consulting with your laminate flooring installer is a good idea if you've never had laminate floors and need more tips on how to clean them properly.

How to Clean Vinyl Floors

Cleaning vinyl plank flooring is easy. Start by sweeping and vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris. Then use a damp — not wet — mop or rag with warm water. While vinyl is waterproof, an excessive amount of water can leak between the seams and affect the glue bond with the floor. When you feel a chemical is needed, make sure to choose cleaning products safe for vinyl planks.

Reach out to your vinyl flooring installer for tips on how to further maintain and care for your vinyl floors.

For more tips, read our guide on how to clean and maintain all types of flooring.

Is it worth it to hire a professional flooring specialist?

Unless you have plenty of experience installing the type of floor you want, it is worth it to hire a professional flooring specialist. 

The first reason is tools — pros have them, and they know how to use them. Without the proper experience, there is a high risk of injury with nail guns and power saws. A good pro also works quickly, saving you time that you could spend doing other things. 

Finally, a pro gets you past options paralysis by helping you decide the best flooring for different rooms and areas of the home.

To get started on your flooring project, contact the best flooring contractors near you today.

What's the best flooring for basements, kitchens and bathrooms?

When installing flooring in your home, keep in mind that some materials are better suited for certain rooms while others are not. Use this guide to help you make the best decision for your home.

Best Flooring for Basements

Basement flooring should be highly resistant to moisture, as many basements are below grade. Choosing the best flooring for basement spaces depends on what they’ll be used for. For example: 

  • An epoxy basement floor is a durable finish for concrete.
  • Vinyl basement flooring is generally waterproof or water-resistant. 
  • Laminate floors can be an affordable option, but they’re often not 100% waterproof.
  • Ceramic tile floors are also water-resistant. 

If your basement isn’t moist, carpet tiles are also an option — just make sure to use a moisture barrier.

Best Flooring for Kitchens

Kitchen flooring does more work than almost any floor in the house, so you’ll want to choose a durable floor. The following are among the best flooring types for kitchens:

  • Porcelain tiles can be fashionable, moisture-resistant, and cost less than stone or wood to install.
  • Vinyl flooring can withstand dents, is generally inexpensive and it’s easy to install.
  • Linoleum flooring can be durable, easy to maintain and affordable. 
  • Wood flooring could be damaged by dropped pots and pans, furniture and pets. However, hardwood and engineered wood floors in kitchen spaces are still popular among homeowners.

Best Flooring for Bathrooms

Bathroom flooring must withstand high moisture levels while also being comfortable on bare feet. Here are some of the best flooring options for bathrooms: 

  • Porcelain tiles are generally comfortable, waterproof, stylish and less costly than stone or wood. 
  • Vinyl flooring is waterproof, cost-effective and can imitate wood convincingly.
  • Natural stone can be expensive, but it’s typically hard and durable.

Reach out to a flooring installation and repair professional near you to see which type you should install in your home.

Reviews for Jacksonville hardwood installers
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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