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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.

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.

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.

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 Alexandria hardwood floor professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Installed new hardwood flooring and did an amazing job! Would highly recommend.
RJA FloorsRJA Floors
Rob K.
Our goal was to remove kitchen tile and replace with hardwood to match existing aged hardwood floors. US Flooring went out and found the specific sized mix of white & red oak to match the old floors best. They did a great job, were very professional, and I would use their service again - highly recommended.
US FlooringUS Flooring
Michael b.
Professional and knowledgeable about hardwood floor restoration. Reasonably priced, punctual, and stayed on a schedule. Did a good job to bring some life back into our parquet floors. Also, gave me great advice on how to care for the floor properly. Would definitely recommend.
Home Design by MolinaHome Design by Molina
Thumbtack Customer
Install Pros sanded, stained, and refinished our 70s era hardwood floors and did a fantastic job. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Install ProsInstall Pros
Juan T.
Great service and quality. Very responsive and on time to every appointment that we set up. I would recommend Excellent HardWood Floors to friends and family.
Excellent Hardwood FloorExcellent Hardwood Floor
Dominick C.
I hired FloorTechs to install hardwood floors throughout my home and to refinish the railings and install new balusters. Great quality, fair price, great value!
FloorTechs, LLCFloorTechs, LLC
Nazia M.
We recently had our hardwood floors polished by Samuel and team - what a fantastic experience! He was very responsive, his team professional, and we are so happy with the end result!!
AG Floors Inc.AG Floors Inc.
Jeremy F.
Took some pretty beat up hardwood floors and restored them beyond belief. Never thought they could look as good as they do. Did an amazing job, extremely fast, and at a reasonable price! Highly recommend!
Excellent Hardwood FloorExcellent Hardwood Floor
Elliot Y.
From the initial scheduling of the estimate to the little details, Martin and his team were excellent. When we agreed on a price, and scope of work, he pointed out that I might be happier with the alternative of removing existing hardwood (that was severely damaged in some spots) and installing all new hardwood so that the factory finish and plank width throughout my home matched (rather than having one color/finish wood on the basement, refinished smaller plank wood on 1st floor, and new wider plank wood on 3rd floor). I agreed and he worked with me on the price so that cost was not too much of a factor. Tae and Martin kept me informed throughout the entire installation process and took care of the smallest details that I didn't even think about until it was finished. I highly recommend KNN Flooring.
KNN FloorKNN Floor
John G.
Yong did a spectacular job installing hard floors on our main level (550sqft)! It was an easy decision to use his services based on his past projects and his unbeatable pricing. He provided high-quality workmanship and completed the project within 24 hours. Needless to say, I would highly recommend Oak Floors! We will be using them again to hardwood our stairwell. 10/10!
Oak's Floor Inc.Oak's Floor Inc.
John G.
Manuel and his team did an amazing job putting vinyl flooring in my basement and laundry room and also ripping up the carpet to expose beautiful hardwoods. They were always on time, professional, friendly and responsive over thumbtack. The did a great job cleaning all the dust and debris too. I would highly recommend them and will use them again for more projects.
L&T group ServicesL&T group Services
Jennifer C.
Ford and crew were very responsive and did a wonderful job on refinishing our floor for a reasonable price. We had a bit of a miscommunication that left us waiting around a while for the initial estimate, but otherwise they were fairly prompt. I appreciated his willingness to respond to my questions over Thumbtack (particularly in comparison to others floor people on here) and via text message as well as on the phone. The previous owners of our home had painted over some wires tacked onto the baseboards and the paint was cracking and ripping as they were removing the shoe molding to do the work on the floor. Ford offered to come back and install the shoe molding for us after we've had time to repaint the molding that was damaged by the methods of the previous owners, which I appreciated. We were on a tight timeline trying to get the floors done between closing on the house and moving in and Modern Floors was able to accommodate our schedule and work with us to get it done when we needed it to be done. The finished product looks beautiful and they did a great job matching the color of the engineered hardwood floor we have on the main floor. The only cons to our experience was the lateness to the initial estimate appointment and it would have been nice to get an email copy of the estimate. I would not hesitate to recommend them to a friend!
Thumbtack Customer
Antonio did an excellent job and I would highly recommend. I was looking to replace all my hardwood floors and carpet in my home. He showed me a variety of different options and price points. I selected 2 great looking samples he had and when it came time for the job he professionally took out all the old flooring and put in the new In less than 2 days. His communication and follow up were spot on and in the end It looked amazing and I was highly satisfied. His price points were Very competitive and I and was able to meet the budget I was looking for. I needed a contractor to do some drywall work and he gave me a referral that I ended up using as well. I would definitely recommend.
L&T group ServicesL&T group Services
Thumbtack Customer
I asked in the beginning for a quote to install about 420 Sq ft of laminate flooring, 15 Sq ft of hardwood, and baseboards. I said that we would provide all the materials, we just needed labor and carpet removal. He came out to quote and he said his price would include labor to install it all. I confirmed that we would have all materials ready to install. He quoted me to install 470 Sq ft even though we had about 405 Sq ft (I was just being generous at 420. I told him I would pay him for what he installed. He arrived the day before my job was scheduled to start telling me he needed contract and 30% deposit. He got to my house and started getting rude, telling me he never said be would install baseboards. He said no, he would install shoe molding. I told him that wasn't on the quote. I said that is what I asked you to quote and he threw someone else's quote at me and told me to show him. This was after we rented a Home Depot truck and spend $150 in baseboard. He agreed to take back the wood from me and me to not pay him for the pieces I couldn't take back. He also said he would buy the shoe molding. Says he wants to go to Home Depot 1st thing in the morning. Then he has me write him a check for 50% of the job and an extra $100 for shoe molding. I didn't want to argue anymore so I wrote the check. He shows up to install and says nothing about the baseboard that need to be returned. He asked where he could cut the pieces and I let him know the back patio. He removes the carpet and piles some in my neighbors yard and some on the curb for the trash people. He was gonna leave the carpet under the rails for the sliding closet doors and the poles that were in the closet until my husband in screwed them and showed him how easy it was. He works the day and then leaves and doesn't even tell me when he would be back the next day. Later that day I found him cutting wood upstairs in the house so there was dust everywhere. The next day he shows uplease and again nothing about the baseboard that need to be returned. He finishes the upstairs and didn't even try and clean up some of the dust from using the saw upstairs. He starts the small closet on the main floor and he is running his compressor which is quite loud in my house for my kids. I show him the plug right by the front door and ask him to put the compressor outside and plug in there so it isn't so loud. He saus okay and keeps working like I never said anything. It was like he assumed I was going to move his compressor for him. Anyway, he finishes the work and tells me he is all done and ready for payment. I ask him if he is going to help me get that baseboards back to Home Depot like he agreed and he told me no. I told him then I wasn't paying him for it then and an additional $20 which is what I need to rent another truck. After 10 mins of going back and forth he agreed to take it back and take him payment minus the pieces I couldn't return. Originally he quoted me 470 Sq ft but I measured just over 400 Sq ft. I purchased 438 Sq feet and there was 1 box unopened. I told hime even though it was 400 sq feet they use 426 Sq ft so I was willing to pay for 430 Sq ft. He to yell so I told him to go measure. He walked up stairs with my husband to measure and he was trying to say the room was a foot or so longer than it was. After being very irritated that we had even measured on our own. He finally agreed on the sq footage and I wrote him a check. He loaded the baseboard in his car, dropped them at the curb at Home Depot and them drove away. Doing the wall through of the house before we moved he didn't even install the shoe molding correctly. There is almost nothing holding some of it in place. He also wanted my husband to reinstall all the closet doors that he took down because we didn't have a chair in the house for him to use as a stool even though he knew a head of time that our house would be completely empty. Although the floors look good (which has a lot to do with getting rid of the old carpet I will never use or refer this company ever.
Oak's Floor Inc.Oak's Floor Inc.
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