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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.

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.

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.

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 Chicago hardwood floor professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Refinished hardwood floors
DP Hardwood Flooring, IncDP Hardwood Flooring, Inc
Jennifer H.
Jayson and his team did a great job on our floors! We hired Vintage to sand and restain our hardwood floors on first level of our home. This incuded stairs. The floors turned out amazing and project was completed on-time. I would highly recommend Vintage Hardwood Flooring.
Vintage Flooring CompanyVintage Flooring Company
Nicole B.
Jesus and his crew did an awesome job, they were prompt and professional and my refinished hardwood floors look amazing!
Vasile’s Flooring & Constrction Co.Vasile’s Flooring & Constrction Co.
Jeremiah T.
Nick and his crew worked efficiently to install replacement vinyl hardwood flooring in my condo. His pricing was also competitive.
Chicago Flooring Installations, Inc.Chicago Flooring Installations, Inc.
Vai J.
Radu and his partner did an Excellent refinishing our hardwood floors. They are professional, on time and very knowledgeable about all things related to wood floors. Highly recommend them for ur next job.
Special Floor, INC.Special Floor, INC.
Kimberley E.
Radu was my contact person. He was always punctual and professional. He delivered exactly what we wanted--beautiful uniform hardwood floors throughout with a couple repairs. I plan to use the company for future flooring jobs.
Special Floor, INC.Special Floor, INC.
Allan F.
They did an excellent job without damage to walls or trim and cleaned up after work Floors look beautiful and even worked on Saturday to meet the time schedule I highly recommend considering Posh for your hardwood floor restoration
Posh American Flooring LLCPosh American Flooring LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Special Floors did a good job for a good price.On completion of installation of new hardwood floors I noticed rippled look to the newly finished floor.Owner told me that it was normal for it to look that way due to the deflection of the floors while running his new sander on them .Other than that Special Floors were quick and on time to complete the job.
Special Floor, INC.Special Floor, INC.
Thumbtack Customer
I needed my hardwood floors refinished - sanded, stained, and coated. Neal was perfect. He was very responsive, walked me through the process, and finished under a tight deadline. He was very straight forward and reasonably priced. The floors look great!
Sherman FlooringSherman Flooring
Martin was very professional and got the job done. The work he did was better than expected. I will definitely recommend him to anyone who needs their hardwood floors worked on.
A.M Hardwood Flooring Inc.A.M Hardwood Flooring Inc.
Gina P.
IDC Flooring was great to work with from the initial consultation to the last day of the project. Peter was very responsive to all my questions. Peter and his associate were professional, timely and did a fantastic job on refinishing my hardwood floors. I highly recommend them.
IDC FlooringIDC Flooring
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Norris to install engineered hardwood floors we bought. Norris did a fabulous job explaining the process, providing a list of necessary materials, planning the work and installing the floor and trim. He showed up on time and did great work. We were very pleased with each phase of the process, and we love our new floors.
Brandon M.
Mihai has done an incredible job on our hardwood floors throughout our entire multi-unit building. He was very responsive once we contacted him and was able to come out the next day to quote the project and started work the next day. He ripped up the old tile, applied subfloors, laid the wood. Afterwards he sanded all of the floors because we have some hardwood already in the house and stained it the perfect color. Additionally, he laid the vinyl floors we put in the bathroom. We were definitely happy with the finished product we received. I would recommend Mihai to anyone looking to install any type of flooring.
Tamika P.
It was a pleasure working with Victor. He provided me with a quote that I felt comfortable with and began work within a few days. The job was completed promptly and accurately. I am very satisfied with the job. In my bedroom the previous owners laid carpet over hardwood floors... except the hardwood floors had black and white tiles glued on top of them! This was a big job and Victor was the right person for the job!! I would recommend V.H.P to family and friends for sure. Once again thank you, Victor
John G.
This was a great experience from start to finish. Peter is friendly, knowledgeable and takes pride in his work. He listened to what we wanted and he came through 100% with our beautiful new hardwood floor.
IDC FlooringIDC Flooring
Raphaelle R.
Raul’s team did a great job on pretty distressed hardwood floors in a rental we wanted to renovate. Raul came to provide a quote and very quickly afterwards his team completed the job. Highly recommend.
Ram Renovation & DesignRam Renovation & Design
Valerie B.
I had a difficult repair on 130 year old topnailed hardwood and a large amount of work to do throughout the house and Martin did a great job with it all. I am so happy with my floors.
A.M Hardwood Flooring Inc.A.M Hardwood Flooring Inc.
Zach K.
If you're thinking about installing hardwood floors, I would definitely recommend Vlad. We had Vlad remove carpet from the master bedroom, install unfinished maple floors and apply a clear coat finish to match the rest of our home's hardwood floors. From the start of the quoting process to the completion of the project, Vlad was 1) Transparent / extremely responsiveness; 2) over communicated throughout the process which helped alleviate any questions/fears of the ongoing project; and 3) provided good quality work and on time Vlad is skilled in his trade. As a first time user of Thumbtack, I was a bit leery using the service but because of Vlad I will definitely be back!
Vlad home ConstructionVlad home Construction
Cath P.
Mahai was very responsive and efficient. He responded right away and was able to come out, quote and complete the work, all within a few days. We are selling our place, and needed our 14 year hardwood floors cleaned up, rather than refinished. He was able to buff and polish our floors and eliminate signs of scuffs and surface scratches from chairs etc. The floors now look great. Highly recommended!
Ernesha P.
Andy and his team were exceptional! They arrived early to begin work. The sanding and refinish was 1 1/2 days since I was having my existing hardwood floors done. I am thrilled to have worked with Andy. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to have their floors done. You will not be disappointed. I love the Dark Walnut Andy!! Thank you!!
Angela N.
It was my first time hiring contractors and Radu was prompt and quick with replies. He was fast and did a good job refinishing my hardwood floors. I would recommend if you want someone who just gets the job done and doesn't need a lot of direction.
Special Floor, INC.Special Floor, INC.
Andrew L.
IDC is amazing -- you will be super impressed with these guys. Peter and his team refinished the hardwood floors in my Chicago condo in ONE DAY! Their craftsmanship and attention to detail are impeccable. Pricing was very reasonable and the entire experience could not have been easier. I highly recommend.
IDC FlooringIDC Flooring
Peter and his team at IDC Flooring are the best of the best! We recently purchased a home that had some troublesome wood floors. They were popping, some separated, and just overall not something I wanted to keep in my home. Peter quickly came and assessed what needed to be fixed, provided a reasonable quote, and literally started the project within a couple days. My floors no longer pop, look great, and I couldn't be more pleased. What I appreciated most was how clean everything was left by him, Ion and Nick. If you need hardwood floor install, seriously only hire IDC Flooring, you'll be in great hands!
IDC FlooringIDC Flooring
Thumbtack Customer
This was our first use of Thumbtack and what a pleasant surprise it was. We were ready to install a engineered hardwood floor, and were lucky to run into Norris from Chicago Quality Flooring Inc. From day one, he came in with a great energy, very helpful advice on the type of the floor we should go with and overall positive attitude. Norris set down with us and explained the whole process step by step, broke down the pricing and a time table. Surprisingly, everything was exactly like he initially told us and we could not have been happier with a final product. Floor looks amazing thanks to Norris and his Chicago Quality Flooring team.
Thumbtack Customer
We bought a house and wanted to refinish our hardwood floors. We had multiple contractors come out and bid. When Peter came to look at our floors and give us an estimate he took one look and within 5 seconds said "you have damage right there", and pointed to a spot where indeed, there was damage. He was the only one to notice it. Peter and his crew were timely, courteous and professional. They began first thing in the morning and stayed long after 5 for the days it took to do the project. And the project? Gorgeous, stunning, amazing. We love the result. We highly recommend Peter and Studio Floors for your flooring needs.
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