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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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.

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 can I find out if a flooring professional is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

To find out whether a flooring professional is considered an essential service in the current coronavirus pandemic, consult your city or state’s government website. To get a sense of the national recommendations, check CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage

This page lists 16 different infrastructure sectors that are officially considered essential during this time. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. Ultimately, you should consult with your local government. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a flooring professional when social distancing?

If you hire a flooring professional for an outdoor project, you may be able to avoid person-to-person contact with the pro. If you hire a pro for an indoor job, avoid physical contact, sanitize surfaces and use virtual payments like PayPal, Venmo, Google Pay and Square Cash App to complete transactions instead of using cash or checks. Determine a strategy with the flooring professional when you contact them.

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.

Does a flooring professional need to enter my home?

If the flooring project is located inside your residence, performing the job would require the flooring professional to enter your home. This is not recommended by the CDC during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, if a flooring project takes place in a separate location outside of your home, the flooring professional will not need to enter your home. 

Talk to flooring professionals in your area to see if it’s necessary for them to enter your home. If so, you might want to postpone the project until social distancing guidelines are relaxed by the government.

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.

Do flooring professionals offer remote or virtual services?

Because flooring work has to be done in-person, flooring professionals are typically unable to perform work virtually. If you come across a pro's profile that states they're offering remote services, message the pro to see what those services include.

If you plan to get indoor flooring installed once the pandemic is over, you can ask potential flooring specialists if they host virtual consultations through video calls and digital messaging. Compare flooring professionals in your area online to find the right fit, and book an appointment.

Reviews for South Shore 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
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.
Chicago Quality Flooring Inc.Chicago Quality Flooring Inc.
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.
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Hardwood floors by Dracula to carry out sanding and stain my floors darker in my downtown Condo. Ioan was very professional showed up on time to carry out the work and explained each process before carrying out the work. I would recommend him again.
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.
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.
Chicago Quality Flooring Inc.Chicago Quality Flooring Inc.
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.
Tim P.
I experienced water damage (leaking roof) and needed to have my hardwood floors repaired (damaged boards) and resurfaced. The area covered much of our first floor (kitchen/dining + hallway and 2 bedrooms)...about 875 sq ft. I obtained bids from several contractors on Thumbtack, but after speaking to each, put my trust Procare Restoration. Paul (flooring expert) visited my home, explained what was needed, and was very knowledgeable. John, at the Procare office was very prompt on providing an estimate and working with me on the specifics. Paul returned to perform the work himself (and did a fantastic job!) and was punctual, polite, and professional. The floors look great and I would recommend Procare!
Procare Restoration Inc.Procare Restoration Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Andy’s company to refinish hardwood floors in our three bedroom condo. Andy was very professional and his team did very good quality work. He went above and beyond to help with moving everything back. When we noticed a couple of minor issues, he came back and fixed it right away. We will recommend to friends and re-hire any time.
Darcy L.
I cannot even begin to describe what an amazing job Special Floor Inc. did on my floors. I originally had carpet in my master bedroom, but after a structural issue was fixed, we decided to add hardwood to match the rest of the house. Radu responded promptly to my request for a quote, and any question I had there after. He not only matched the wood perfectly to what was there, he also had to match the stain that I had in the rest of the house. Most home owners pick a standard stain, but mine was a mix of two different colors. He mixed the color exactly and now my floors look as if they were refinished at the same time. I will be hiring this company for all my future flooring needs, not only for their quality professionalism and responsiveness, but also for their price. They really can't be beat in all aspects!
Special Floor, INC.Special Floor, INC.
Andrew B.
I engaged Om Home Remodeling to redo the flooring in my condo (carpet to hardwood). Jai reached out and from day 1, Jai and everyone from Om Home Remodeling were absolutely professional, genuine, punctual, and truly one of the best contractors I have ever worked with. Their prices were VERY fair and competitive, they stuck to their timelines, and the quality and craftsmanship of their work was EXCELLENT!! I would and will hire them again, no doubt about it!
Om Home Remodeling CompanyOm Home Remodeling Company
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