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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 Forest Park hardwood floor professionals
Rebecca S.
They did an amazing job refinishing the hardwood floors in the house I just bought. The floors definitely needed it and they did a great job!
Faith Floors LLCFaith Floors LLC
Thumbtack Customer
These guys are awesome! Their attention to detail, timeliness, and cleanliness can't be beat! My old hardwood floors now have a second life!!
The Hardwood Floor GuysThe Hardwood Floor Guys
Thumbtack Customer
My wife and I are in the process of fixing up our house to sell. Our biggest concern was the hardwood floors, that have taken a pounding over the last several years. Being novices in the field of upkeep with the floors, coupled with 3 children and many other day to day task left our floors in ruins (or so I thought). The Hardwood Floor Guys removed all of my insecurities. From the initial contact I knew these guys were legitimate professionals that cared about their work. The lines of communication were open 100%. Along with them being on time and friendly, we couldn't have asked for a better result. Great job guys! A+++
The Hardwood Floor GuysThe Hardwood Floor Guys
Missy T.
Faith Floors refinished the hardwood floors in our home and our floors look so beautiful, even better than when they were originally put in! Raji and his team were great to work with. They worked around our schedule, were very communicative thru the process, protected the rest of our home and furnishings from the dust, completed the project on time, and even cleaned up! We are amazed at how they were able to sand, stain, and finish our floors in the way that they did to allow so much of the natural wood grain to show thru...it's like a work of art! Thank you so much Raji and the Faith Floors Team!
Faith Floors LLCFaith Floors LLC
Jyotsna B.
Someone once told me that when you deal with contractors you can pick 2 out of the following 3: Speed, Price, Quality. I have to say that Raji and his team provided us with all 3. Faith floors was very punctual throughout the process of my home remodel. I could not have asked for a better value with the hardwood floor refinishing of 7 of our rooms. Raji was responsive and willing to answer all my questions. I would highly recommend Faith Floors.
Faith Floors LLCFaith Floors LLC
Angela S.
Faith Floors removed carpet in two large areas and replaced with hardwood. I had hardwood in the hallway so they made sure to tie into the existing hardwood so that it looks like it was always here. I was initially concerned anoint the amount of dust the project would generate. I couldn’t be more pleased with the team. They work cohesively with one another. The installer, Andrew, came in first. The guy knows his stuff!!! Raji informed the team that I was anxious about the amount of dust and they take great care into making sure everything was sealed off that could be. The sander and staining team (Isaiah and Dylan) came in to introduce them to make and discuss my concerns. They walked me through the process. The team was always on time and courteous and professional AND they made suggestions and got the work done to perfection! They came back to do any touch-ups and make sure I was pleased. Will definitely use them again. I highly recommend Faith Floors!!!!
Faith Floors LLCFaith Floors LLC
Josh S.
We wanted to replace carpet with hardwood (to match our existing hardwood in an adjacent room), Raji came by our condo, we talked for a bit, and he sent me a quote the same day. He provided plenty of detail in both how it would be done and what to expect. After talking, we decided to sand the existing hardwood and stain everything at the same time and it came out fantastic. We had a few follow up items and Matt, one of the finishers, came out and cleared them all up the day after I talked to Raji. Raji’s price point was very fair, he’s honest and very forthright about everything. I would/will recommend faith floor and Raji to my friends and family.
Faith Floors LLCFaith Floors LLC
Paul K.
Raji got back to me about my project and explained the process. Myself being in the rehab business and looking for quality contractors is difficult. I had done Hardwood floors myself and it cost way more in time and headache trying to get them right to look professional. I have found the right contractor for my next project. Paul
Faith Floors LLCFaith Floors LLC
Raisa T.
We are very grateful and lucky to have been able to work with Raji and his employees at Faith Floors for the renovation of the flooring in our new home. From the outset, Raji was incredibly accessible and communicative, and we quickly established a strong rapport with him and his team. Raji is very direct and transparent in his communications, and it became clear immediately that his company runs on a foundation of honesty and integrity. The final product of the replacement of nearly universally carpeted flooring in our home with beautiful hardwood was exactly what we hoped for, reflecting both our desires to highlight the character of our historic home and remain within our intended budget. Raji made no assumptions about the project and instead asked us to clearly describe our vision before moving forward with any implementation plans. He is creative and clearly very experienced in his work, and he generously incorporated a black border in the flooring highlighting our marble fireplace, one of our favorite original features in the home. After another group of contractors caused significant damage to the newly finished floors in our living room, Raji and his men got to work replacing the destroyed floorboards with no delay, even despite the multiple days of unexpected labor that ensued from this event. Months later, we remain completely satisfied by and ecstatic about the quality of the hardwood installation performed by Faith Floors in our new home. Raji is astute, personable, efficient, talented, and experienced, and accordingly you can count on Faith Floors to deliver. Thank you!
Faith Floors LLCFaith Floors LLC
Elena G.
I have hired Raji and his team to complete a large flooring project in new construction. He not just made an excellent job, but was able to accommodate a challenging schedule and dealing with my builder. Raji maintains a high quality of hardwood installation, customer service and also have a very competitive price. He was able to provide 4 individuals working on my floor simultaneously on weekend to meet a builder's deadline. His team cleaned the house and place protective cover after finish. I can recommend Faith floor for everybody and will hire them again for my basement project in the future. Thanks a lot for exceptional service!
Faith Floors LLCFaith Floors LLC
David P.
Raji and his team did a great job on our project. We had some water damage to our hallway flooring we had to replace, and took the opportunity to install hardwood in our master bedroom as well. They replaced and installed the new wood, and then sanded all of the existing floor and refinished to ensure a perfect match between new and existing floors. There was one issue where after the first coat of stain, a couple areas of dark board stained darker than expected. Raji immediately agreed with us and his team took additional time to rework and replace the boards for no additional charge. Overall everything came out great and we are very pleased with the end results and the professionalism of Raji and his team. I would definitely recommend and will use again for future projects.
Faith Floors LLCFaith Floors LLC
Patricia S.
We would HIGHLY recommend Faith Flooring. We are very satisified with the hardwood flooring transformation work they did on our home this past Fall. Here is what we really appreciated about their team and their work: Value: We found their pricing to be fair. We had 4 total estimates for our floors and we felt the value they offered was the best (e.g. 3 poly coats versus only 2 for others; clean-up process; etc.). Trust: Raji explained exactly what he would do and imortantly WHEN he would do the work. He was extremely thorough and precise on delivering against the timeline. This was crucial for us as we needed to get this work done in a tight Holiday window and they delivered the work on-time and as promised. Team: Equally important is that the team that came to do the work were very professional and courtious. We had no problem leaving them there alone to do their work. The team did work on the weekends to meet the timeline needs; on 2 evenings they were there till 10pm in order to get the job done well; and they answered all our questions in a competent manner that helped the process go smoothly. Bottom line, they were a hard-working group who did a very good job! Pride: Raji handled any questions and needs we had during the process which can be disruptive. And, the floors now look great!
Faith Floors LLCFaith Floors LLC
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