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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.

Do you put anything under hardwood floors?

It’s possible to install certain surfaces under hardwood flooring if you’re concerned about moisture or noise transmission. Builder’s felt, solid underlayment, plastic sheets and rubberized membranes are a few options you can consider. Talk to a hardwood flooring contractor or company to discuss all of your options.

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 Columbus hardwood floor professionals
Lisa C.
Installed new hardwood floors and refinished the rest of the hardwood floors. We are extremely happy with the work! He and his team are very responsive and punctual. Highly recommend!
Larry F.
Andriy did a great job and hardwood floors look awsome Larry
Andriy (Versine LLC, Flooring, Kitchen)Andriy (Versine LLC, Flooring, Kitchen)
Mark B.
Great experience, highly recommend and will absolutely use again!! I had terrible results on my hardwood refinish from a previous contractor (pic provided) so I contacted Jenkins Custom Hardwood Floors and Don came out on a Sunday afternoon to give me a quote and worked me into the schedule just a few days later so the floors could be move-in ready by the weekend. As you can see from the before and after, Jenkins salvaged my hardwood floors at a very fair price with exceptional customer service! Cheers to Jenkins for taking my 911 call and resuscitating my floors!!
Jenkins Custom Hardwood FloorsJenkins Custom Hardwood Floors
Thumbtack Customer
The BC crew did a great job replacing my old worn out hardwood floors with a beautiful new engineered hardwood plank in just two work days; one day to remove the old floor and make some repairs to the subfloor, and one day to install the new floor planks. By the end of the day they had put all the furniture back in place and cleaned up. Very happy with their work.
BC Builders Flooring Installation LLCBC Builders Flooring Installation LLC
Thumbtack Customer
They went above and beyond! The installers were very polite and neat. I would highly recommend using this company. The hardwood floors turned out great!
BC Builders Flooring Installation LLCBC Builders Flooring Installation LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Garry did a FANTASTIC job! We love our refinished hardwood floors and receive so many compliments on them! I would recommend Garry to all of my family and friends!
G&C Floor Covering, LLCG&C Floor Covering, LLC
Lindsay J.
The team did a wonderful job redoing our hardwood floors. They look great! Andr was very professional, on time, and responsive. I highly recommend him and his team for your next project.
Alex M.
Andriy did a nice job installing new hardwood floors in our house. He was accommodating to our timeline as we were working to get floors replaced prior to moving in. He was able to make this happen working nights and weekends. He even came back to finish the baseboards in a half bath I was remodeling.
Andriy (Versine LLC, Flooring, Kitchen)Andriy (Versine LLC, Flooring, Kitchen)
Thumbtack Customer
The job was perfect!!!!! My wife loved it!!!! Garry was very helpful in finding the right flooring and also his recommendations on trim were great as well. The job was completed ahead of scheduled, with very little waste, and also no clean up left for us. This guy is great I would definitely use again or recommend to anyone needing hardwood flooring installed.
G&C Floor Covering, LLCG&C Floor Covering, LLC
Rob D.
Fantastic experience with Jenkins Custom Hardwood Floors. They were able to work us in very quickly to their schedule and did excellent work. Great value compared to some other quotes we received for our floor refinishing project. Don also provided help thinking through the best finish for the floor based on condition of the floors, room size, and other factors. You can tell that this family run small business is customer focused and take great pride in what they do. Highly recommended.
Jenkins Custom Hardwood FloorsJenkins Custom Hardwood Floors
Thumbtack Customer
The BC Builders team laid hardwood flooring in our master bedroom. They were exactly on time, professional, and very competent. (My husband has laid many floors himself and knows a quality job when he sees it.) Their price is very competitive and they were done in 3 1/2 hours flat. We would recommend them without reserve.
BC Builders Flooring Installation LLCBC Builders Flooring Installation LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Willian and his crew did a great job! They installed hardwood floors on our entire first floor. Willian is knowledgable about flooring and install. He responded quickly to my many questions via text. He and his crew were on time and worked hard to get the job done quickly. We had a few difficult areas, as we have a radiator heat system and floor outlets, but when brought up concerns he and his crew were able to figure it out so that overall the floor looks great. And the cost is absolutely reasonable. Would definitely recommend!
BC Builders Flooring Installation LLCBC Builders Flooring Installation LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Willian was great. He was very responsive during the planning and scheduling and showed up on time as scheduled. He brought an entire crew in on a Saturday morning and they completed 1500 square feet of hardwood flooring in one day! Everyone was professional and did a great job. They cleaned up after the job and the floors look beautiful. Beyond competitive price at excellent quality. Would highly recommend!!
BC Builders Flooring Installation LLCBC Builders Flooring Installation LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Don and his crew refinished 1000 square feet of hardwood floors in a newly-purchased home. We moved to Columbus from out of town, and Don was great about communicating via email & text message for the quote and after beginning the work. He is so professional and pleasant to work with, which we really value. The service and materials were very fairly priced, and I really appreciated that Don and his crew worked over the weekend prior to our move-in date so that the floors were ready for our furniture & foot traffic. In addition, our floors couldn't look nicer! A significant stain in the old finish is now barely detectable, and they did a great job matching the new finish across the entire house (the stair treads and one room had different finishes from the rest of the house). We definitely recommend Jenkins Custom Hardwood Floors to other homeowners!
Jenkins Custom Hardwood FloorsJenkins Custom Hardwood Floors
Jordan S.
BC Builders did a first floor hardwood floor install in my home this past spring. I have been waiting to write this review to ensure the floors would remain in place, not warp or otherwise fail due to the install. As floors become exposed to temperature changes, humidity and foot traffic they can quickly degrade if not installed properly and it is with much pleasure I can confirm the floors are still as beautiful and intact as the day they were installed. Willian is great to work with, his pricing is ultra competitive and he is exceedingly knowledgeable about flooring installation. He correctly advised me on multiple items and I am glad I went with his advice. His crew works fast and efficiently and does the job right not just quickly. I would highly recommend using Willian and his team for any of your flooring installation needs.
BC Builders Flooring Installation LLCBC Builders Flooring Installation LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We asked Don to sand, buffer, and finish hardwood floors in two bedrooms of our new house. He was easy to communicate with and timely. Him and his team stuck to our schedule and had the project complete in 3 days per our request. I was very satisfied with our experience and will use him again if the opportunity arises.
Jenkins Custom Hardwood FloorsJenkins Custom Hardwood Floors
Julie R.
Jonathan and his team did a great job for us. He helped me pick out replacement hardwood. His team tore out about four layers of old flooring, laid the new floor, installed new trim, and stained the new floor. They get the whole project done in three days- over a weekend ! Make sure when you’re starting your project that you talk through all the details that you want and communicate everything. I did not communicate everything clearly at the beginning of the project but Jonathan adjusted as they progressed. Some before and afters below
Adrien Painting & Construction LLCAdrien Painting & Construction LLC
John M.
Originally this contractor believed that I needed vinyl floors put in place which caused me to miss some time a work. They returned a second time with the correct equipment and were able to complete my small/medium sized hardwood flooring project in 1 day and did a nice job accommodating my additional areas for tile. For my trouble they provided a discount of 10%. If I needed any additional help I would hire these guys again.
BC Builders Flooring Installation LLCBC Builders Flooring Installation LLC
Andy R.
Andriy installed LVP for my flooring and maple hardwood on the stairs. I couldn’t be more happy with the results. He was straight forward, honest and explained every step and why he recommended what he did. A true professional. He is a pleasure to talk to and work with. Have already started recommending him to friends and family and will use him again with no hesitation.
Andriy (Versine LLC, Flooring, Kitchen)Andriy (Versine LLC, Flooring, Kitchen)
Sarah R.
We worked with Don and team to replace our kitchen floor. The experience and quality of installation were fantastic! Initially we were looking for Don to stain our existing hardwood but he advised on an alternative route since the floor was engineered flooring. He is definitely a subject matter expert in flooring therefore we found his advice/ recommendations to be very helpful and appreciated. We ended up ripping out the existing wood floor and replacing with luxury vinyl to match the flooring in other rooms. We were worried about the transition from room to room and the leveling of the floors. The result is FANTASTIC. The transitions from room to room are beautiful. You can’t even tell that they were installed at different times. The quality of the work is great. He showed up on time, took his time to perfect the project and went above and beyond to help remove rotted sub floor. Strongly recommend Don and his son-in-law. The initial communication was a little spotty and something they can definitely work on but also understand they were very busy.
Jenkins Custom Hardwood FloorsJenkins Custom Hardwood Floors
Lauryn D.
I was under time constraints, wanting to refinish old hardwoods before moving into a home. Don Jenkins was able to schedule to start work within the week of me reaching out to him. He was on time each day, responded immediately to texts, answered all questions I had to make sure I understood each step of the process. Don Jenkins provided quality work, and the floors are beautiful! He sanded and stained 720 square feet of floor in less than three days. Thanks Don and team!
Jenkins Custom Hardwood FloorsJenkins Custom Hardwood Floors
Justin E.
I hired Don and his crew to install brand new hardwood flooring throughout my entire home in Grandview. The project turned out even better than I envisioned it. Don and his crew are true professionals and their work is some of the best I have seen. Don't hesitate to hire these guys because you will not be disappointed. The photos speak for themselves.
Jenkins Custom Hardwood FloorsJenkins Custom Hardwood Floors
Alyssa F.
AMAZING!! AMAZING!! AMAZING!! I can’t not say enough about Don and his crew. Super hard workers, always arrived on time from the first meeting. After running into a challenge when removing some tile only to find inches of concrete that needed removed before continuing the project, this being a potential setback, NOPE- they still finished within the original timeframe. All crew were friendly, knowledgeable and experienced. I wish they did more then just hardwood floors- I would hire them over and over again! 5 stars really isn’t enough - they deserve more! The floors came out AWESOME, being able to match the existing floors (56 years old) with new floors was exceptional! You won’t be disappointed.
Jenkins Custom Hardwood FloorsJenkins Custom Hardwood Floors
Thumbtack Customer
This guy told me he could refinish my hardwood floors. They looked terrible when finished and when I told him they looked terrible he didn't come out to look at them. I had to have a PROFESSIONAL come and fix what he messed up. Basically this guy took over $1000.00 of my hard earned money and he is a CROOK. DON'T HIRE THIS GUY. I wish there was zero stars...
Fluty Construction ServicesFluty Construction Services
Paloma M.
I'm so happy we went with BC Builders. William is very knowledgeable and he gave us ideas about where to find the best materials. His crew arrived on time, and they were clean, courteous, and they did an amazing job. We were afraid that we wouldn't be able to afford top-rate work, but we are thrilled with the final outcome. He gave us options and consulted with us on all the decisions, providing insights about the costs and benefits of each of the options. Our hardwood flooring is beautiful and affordable, not a single squeak or gap. We're lucky to have BC Builders here in Columbus!
BC Builders Flooring Installation LLCBC Builders Flooring Installation LLC
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