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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 Steele Creek hardwood floor professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Buffing and Polishing hardwood floor. Cornell was on time did a great job. We are very satisfied and would recommend him highly for any job regarding hardwood floor.
Starwood Flooring LLCStarwood Flooring LLC
Derek B.
John and his team did a wonderful job on our hardwoods. Refinished and added hardwoods to our 2nd floor
Take The FloorTake The Floor
Karen C.
Marcelo with MPro flooring did a fantastic job installing our hardwood floors. They look amazing and I would highly recommend them!
MPro FlooringMPro Flooring
Abby R.
Great experience getting our hardwood floors buffed and coated by Starwood Flooring! I would definitely use them again and recommend them.
Starwood Flooring LLCStarwood Flooring LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Alex did exactly what asked, (buffed/polish hardwood floors) for the price he quoted. He was very punctual and professional. The floors look great!!!! Would highly recommend
21 wood floors21 wood floors
Carol W.
We hired 21 wood floors to repair and refinish hardwood floors. Alex did an excellent job. He was very professional and trustworthy. He was reasonably priced as well. Would highly recommend them if you need any kind of flooring.
21 wood floors21 wood floors
Thumbtack Customer
I am so thankful and delighted with my experience hiring Starwood to sand my floors. Since I have engineered hardwoods, a few other companies shyed away from the job, understandably due to the precision needed since there was only about 2mm deep of wood to work with. Cornell and crew were professional, precise and an absolute pleasure to work with. My floors turned out rejuvenated and gorgeous. I'd highly recommend this company to anyone with any hardwood flooring need.
Starwood Flooring LLCStarwood Flooring LLC
Michael M.
Jorge did an amazing job installing my hardwood floors. The quality of the work was excellent and the installation was incredibly fast. All that on top of an unbeatable price! Highly recommended!
Toro flooring & interior LLCToro flooring & interior LLC
Thumbtack Customer
It was a pleasure working with Tina and Joe! I spoke with Tina in regards to getting measurements, knowing what materials to get, etc. She made everything so easy for me and was very efficient and responsive! I got my laminate hardwood floors installed in no time and everything was cleaned up afterwards. The service at Burgess Flooring was amazing, I absolutely love my new floors and I would definitely use them again. I've already recommended them to a friend who wants hardwood after seeing the great work they did in my house. Thanks so much for making me fall more in love with my house!!!
Burgess FlooringBurgess Flooring
Andre S.
JDS Flooring did an amazing job on my staircase and loft turning it from carpet to hardwood. I’m thankful I chose JDS they were very efficient and detailed and finished ahead of schedule. I highly recommend this fine company!
JDS Flooring LLPJDS Flooring LLP
Thumbtack Customer
I requested a hardwood flooring installation labor cost for my first floor via Thumbtack and recieved three quotes. Noel from OTB Tile, one of the quoter, came in my house for actual measurement then gave final cost. He was chose becuase of the costless and I felt he was realiable as well. He told me the installation could take more than two days however he would try his best. Noel and his helper started and finished the service on time in two days as he promised. The day before starting up he sent a message to my phone to confirm for the next day install. They moved all furnitures to safe place then put them back after finishing. They removed old carpet with caution so there was no mess in house. The job was done on 8/29/2014. I love my new hardwood flooring. I highly recommend him to somebody who needs hardwood flooring or tile installation. Thanks Noel for great work and professional.
O.T.B. TILEO.T.B. TILE
Melanie K.
Barbosa Hardwood did an amazing job refinishing our hardwood floors. They were punctual, professional, responsive, and competitively priced. Jonathan ensured my happiness by offering a multitude of sample choices. He pointed me in the direction of other shades when we realized I had some existing stains that would show through with the original color I chose. I very much appreciated his honesty and advice. Would hire again!
Barbosa Hardwood floors Refinishing and InstallBarbosa Hardwood floors Refinishing and Install
Thumbtack Customer
Today I had hardwood floors installed in 2 rooms where there used to be carpet. Fred and his team was very prompt and professional throughout the entire experience. He offered the best price and his work was exceptional. We have future plans to put in more floors and we will definitely contact him again as well as refer friends and family to use his services.
FR ServicesFR Services
Dan M.
The only reason why 21 wood floors only got five stars is because there wasn’t an option for six. Alex came out here within hours of me asking for a price from potential vendors online. He took measurements and we talked through some options as to how I wanted to make changes in the house. Our front den actually had an 8 inch drop off which apparently was the go to thing when the house was built and we wanted it raised up to match the height of the other floors. Along with that we had our living room or dining room the den and study all new hardwood floors put in to match the existing. Alex and Mario did a phenomenal job in putting down the floors sanding them buffing them and coating them. And on top of that he buffed the entire level and re-coated all the floors with the last coat to make sure that they all matched and gave the appearance that the floors have all been done at the same time. Alex has been one of the most professional contractors I’ve ever worked with, always please, thank you, wanted to make sure that I was 100% happy every time he showed up. I know we’re going to be doing some more hardwood flooring work at the house later on and I will absolutely 100% use 21 wood floors for it.
21 wood floors21 wood floors
Lizzy B.
Jonathan was a live saver when I had a flooring company desert a job of refinishing hardwoods in 2 rooms. I was on a really tight timeline for move in and other work in the house, and his team was very punctual, and completed on time- if they had not been able to fit me in I would have had to push my move in.
Barbosa Hardwood floors Refinishing and InstallBarbosa Hardwood floors Refinishing and Install
Amy R.
Can't recommend these guys highly enough. Moises was customer oriented and detail focused. He provided clear communication throughout the process. Our hardwood floors had some really really deep scratches and a huge amount of wax build-up, but you would never know it now! After Aplus flooring finished, they look BRAND NEW. I am sooooo happy! We paid extra to have them move our furniture and it was worth every penny - they did a great job. Their work really deserves an A+. Couldn't be happier!
A Plus Flooring, Inc.A Plus Flooring, Inc.
Cordell j.
Words cannot explain how satisfied I am with the job that Vazquez flooring did for my wife and I . They are really easy to work with, explain the whole process to you, does great work and does great work in a short amount of time. I highly recommend anyone who needs flooring, whether it’s carpet, tile or hardwood to give these guys a shot. I will be using them for other projects in my house.Thank you so much Vasquez team I will talk to you guys soon stay blessed and stay safe
Vasquez FlooringVasquez Flooring
Jose R.
True professionals, they responded to my request promptly. I didn’t see their response as so many others were also responding. The impressive part was that when I called, they responded and came over for a quote. They gave me an awesome quote and did the work the same day which was a grand slam. I would not hesitate to hire Brothers Hardwood Flooring for my next project!
BROTHERS HARDWOOD FLOORINGBROTHERS HARDWOOD FLOORING
Thumbtack Customer
I requested for a hardwood floor refinishing. I accepted Cornel's work for a fair price. His men did a good job. However, the floor in one room has one dark shade section and one light shade section that they should see it before applying the poly. The floor in another room was left with worn parts adhered from the broom. I have a dumpster on site. But the men like to leave trashes on the outside ground. I have to tell them throwing them into the dumpster. After eating or drinking, they just throw trashes out of their car's windows. I hate to tell those contractors what they should do and what they shouldn't do.
Starwood Flooring LLCStarwood Flooring LLC
Sunny G.
I had a wonderful experience with Take the Floor. I wish I knew of him before for all my flooring needs. We worked well together. I never met him or talked to him by phone. We communicated by either email or text, so that tells you he follows instructions well! I am an out of state investor and I knew the moment that we connected by Thumbtack that he would be professional and provide quality work. The property was vacant and he had to re-do the entire hardwood floor from a previous stain job. I can't say enough good things and I look forward to working with him in the future.
Take The FloorTake The Floor
Keith w.
Prior to my good luck to find Joe we had had another company come in and install new hardwood floors on our exterior covered porch. What a mess. I contacted Joe and he immediately responded. He came out and observed the disaster I had been left with. He told me straight truths about the only way to make it right was to start from scratch. Because the other company never sanded the floor before applying the Spar Varnish. I agreed with him and didn't want to look at the mess That Accent floors had done to our 650 sq ft porch. He was always in constant communication with me, assured he could make it right and that I would be very happy with the work when completed. I may at this time been a little anal because I had had the bad experience with the other company and had other companies come out and not want to touch it. His workers were always on time, clean, knew what they were doing, and always let me know the why, where and when about what they were doing. They even worked on a Sunday because of the weather to acheive to get it done correctly. Its now a show piece and turned out great. Their workers were the best experienced, and knowledgeable about their work. His prices were very much fair. especially for what they had to overcome to make me happy. They did, He was on the job site most of the time and made sure when the crew was complete to be here and make sure I was happy. Thank You Barboasa Flooring and your employees for the great job, well done.
Barbosa Hardwood floors Refinishing and InstallBarbosa Hardwood floors Refinishing and Install
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