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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 Fairfax hardwood floor professionals
Jackie T.
My husband and I absolutely love our new floors. Peter was able to perfectly match our new hardwood floors with existing hardwood. Peter's team also installed our carpet runner on the new hardwood stairs and it looks amazing!
Peter's FlooringPeter's Flooring
Thumbtack Customer
Leonardo and his team did a fantastic job replacing carpeting with hardwood flooring on my entire third floor and stairs. High quality workmanship and old school attention to detail. Highly recommend hiring Leonardo and his team for hardwood flooring projects as I will have no hesitation hiring them again.
Like a Puzzle FlooringLike a Puzzle Flooring
Thumbtack Customer
Hugo came out with his crew on time to start and complete the job of sanding and restaining my hardwood floors. They were able to contain most of the dust. Will definitely recommend to friends and use again for any future hardwood projects that may come up.
Costa Flooring solutionsCosta Flooring solutions
Susan S.
Quality Floors did a great job installing hardwood floor at my home. They are very professional and experienced. They came on time, removed my old floor and installed beautiful new floor. When finished, they did a through clean and also told me how to maintain the new floor. Highly recommend them!
Home Design by MolinaHome Design by Molina
Ben B.
Manu did an excellent job installing hardwood floor and painting our master bedroom. His workmanship and work ethics is top notch. I highly recommend his services for anyone looking to do any remodeling work.
VS Remodeling LLCVS Remodeling LLC
J. G.
It was a wonderful experience working with them on this project. They went out of the way to get work done in a reasonable time frame and did a professional and amazing job with our natural floor finishing as well as the black and white steps. I would strongly recommend them for hardwood flooring and wood steps for your project. Now my home interior looks amazing!
Professional Floor InstallerProfessional Floor Installer
Robert M.
Jose did a great job! I requested quotes from three places and he was the only one who came to see the existing conditions (carpet, condition of existing floor, etc) and measure the rooms. The other two asked what the square footage was and provided estimates based on that. He also brought samples of different floor patterns and explained the difference between floor types (laminate, WCP, engineered hardwood). Didn't seem rushed at all when talking to him either. Very happy with his work and he finished one day ahead of schedule!
A+FLOORING.A+FLOORING.
Raj K.
We had laminate flooring installed in the basement ~340 Sq ft, plus 8 hardwood stair steps. Yong came in to give a quote which was competitive, so we hired him. We agreed to make half payment in advance via check and rest after work is done via CC. We had agreed to provide the actual flooring, while Yong was supposed to source the hardwood steps matching our current stair steps and the accessories to flooring (shoe molding, transition etc). Idea was to get matching color accessories to grayish flooring we planned to purchase. We had also given info on the flooring prior to quoting. A week before install Yong said he cant do matching accessories. He offered brown or white. We had a small disagreement but I gave up and told him that he can just go with White. On install day (Saturday) Yong came with a associate. They were supposed to finish job on same day. Once they removed carpet, we discovered an area of about 1 inch X 5 ft with a crack in the basement concrete. Obviously one can't install new floor over crack so Yong agreed to fix it in return for me buying quick dry pre-mix cement which I did. Nowhere here he asked for extra money. It took him less than hr to put a coat of concrete over the crack and surrounding. Then next thing I know is Yong and associate had a fight in the house and Yong ended up in hospital. There was BLOOD drops on my brand new floor. It was shocking and utterly unprofessional. His associate then worked while Yong was getting treated. Of course the job didn't get done on that day. Yong came back next day only to tell me that he will have to come later in the week to finish the job. We understood and didn't make a fuss. He then came back alone on Thurs. Once there he started with shoe molding installation. At which point I brought up floor transition. Yong claimed that wasn't his to install. HOW CAN ONE INSTALL FLOOR AND NOT HAVE TRANSITION TO OTHER FLOORING? What more, he started yelling at me for not cleaning up dust from half done work etc. I was shocked. Never did contractor yell at me for not cleaning up when their job is half done. Nevertheless I agree to pay for the transition strip (just $15 btw). Yong came back next day to finish stairs steps. I found him cutting corners in the install and had remind him of doing it right away. For example, he put cocking on one side of stair step while ignoring other. When asked he said, not required. I could clearly see the unevenness of the job and had to push him to do the right thing. Finally he finished job on late Friday night. Then came another surprise. Yong wanted me to pay $150 extra for crack in concrete. I of course refused. He was again mad that I am not paying for extra less than hours work. I told him that he should be the one compensating for keeping my house in mess for a week due to their fight. I didn't ask anything for that, instead he was asking that much extra. Mind it, we didn't hire him on per hour basis but if I were to calculate the total labor we agreed for two ppl for a day then it would be less than $50 per hour. Final job looks adequate but the amount of trouble we had to go through made the whole thing distasteful.
Oak's Floor Inc.Oak's Floor Inc.
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