Hardwood Flooring Costs: Materials & Installation Costs

By Harold K. Hardesty Updated August 19, 2020

How to avoid to spend a fortune in home décoration

Going with hardwood flooring is a budget.

Hardwood materials and installations costs may be most expensive compared to other flooring types.

But how much exactly?


If you are looking for a hardwood flooring costs guide, you are at the right place.

Let’s do this.

Table of Contents

I – Hardwood Flooring Costs : The Complete Guide

Hardwood Flooring Costs

This entire process of hardwood flooring is a true investment in your home.

But hardwood is fitting with every décor style in a home.

Hardwood simply never goes out of style and it durable to the extreme.

And if you’re thinking of reselling in the future, potential homebuyers are drawn to hardwood.Need to learn about hardwood flooring costs guide, right?

How much does it cost to install hardwood flooring in terms of material and installation?

This all depends on several factors.

II – Cost Considerations for Hardwood Floors

Cost Considerations For Hardwood Floors

  1. How many square feet of material do you need?
  2. What type of wood do you select?
  3. What manufacturer brand do you choose?
  4. Sales tax, delivery, and shipping costs

The great news is, there isn’t just 1 brand or manufacturer for hardwood flooring.

There are tons of options and each impacts the costs differently.

  1. For instance, the type of wood you select will cost you more or less. Depending on if it’s engineered or solid hardwood or you prefer native or exotic wood species.
  2. Other factors are thickness, hardness, finish type, etc.
  3. Your selections will depend on your budget as well as your personal taste.

But, in order to avoid getting overwhelmed, step one is determining how much flooring material you need.

Here is a list of what you can expect in terms of pricing for hardwood floors:

$ per square foot Type of hardwood floors

$3 – $6

  • Pine or other softwood types
  • Basic engineered hardwoods with an 1/12” thickness or less and 3 core layers
  • Native woods such as oak and cherry
  • Mid-range engineered hardwoods with a 1/12” thickness or less and 5 core layers
  • Exotic woods such as mahogany or Brazilian walnut
  • High-end engineered hardwood with a ⅙” thickness or more and 7 core layers

Another consideration to have is where you purchase the flooring. 

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This impacts the cost, but not nearly as much as the brand selection.

Stores offer convenient pricing and even price-match guarantees. Nevertheless, brands always price differently.

And more inexpensive price tags don’t imply the deal is better.

It’s smart to search for brands with strict quality control regulations.

In general terms, companies located in Canada and the USA have more rigorous guidelines compared to those overseas, specifically for engineered hardwood.

Another cost to consider is the delivery cost to your home: 

However, if you don’t count on the right vehicle or accommodations, the store deliver the materials for a fee.

Finally, don’t forget to consider sales tax (that is if your state charges it).

For online order, it’s likely you won’t need to pay sales taxes depending on your location;

but it is always best to add it as a cost.

III – Considerations for Hardwood Floor Installation Costs

Hardwood Floor Installation Costs

Here is a list of questions I made when I was thinking to install hardwoord floor in my house:

  1. What type of wood do you want to install?
  2. Professional or DIY installation?
  3. What is the difficulty level of the installation in your home?
  4. Do you remove old flooring?
  5. Are there subfloor issues?
  6. Do you require additional materials?
  7. Is moving furniture a requirement for installation?
  8. Where are you located?

So first consideration : what is the type of harwoord floor you want to install?

1.Hardwood Type of Installation

The hardwood type you select surely impact the cost of installation.

Why ?

Because not all hardwood is installed using the same methods.

Solid hardwood can be either stapled, nailed, or glued to the subfloor. The same goes for engineered hardwood, which you can also install as a floating floor.

This all impacts the installation costs in several different ways.

Now, do you plan to install it yourself or call a professional?

2.DIY or Professional Installation

My advice ?

Leave solid hardwood floor installations for professionals.

Apart from installing subflooring and laying out the planks, the professional need to ensure the room being left between each room for the contraction and expansion of the wood.

After this, you must glue, nail or staple hardwood.

These additional materials, you need to pay for as well.

For instance,

In the case of engineered hardwood, you can save money on installation and install these yourself.

Many engineered planks of wood are ready to install as floating floors.

Plus, you can install them over existing floors, which saves you money and time.

If it is existing flooring you need to remove, you can save money by taking on the job yourself.

Otherwise, the installer charge you for removal.

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Whether it’s solid or engineered hardwood, professionals charge between $3-$5 per square foot for installation.

Which is prior to additional charges.

3.Difficulty and Old Flooring Removal

Old Flooring Removal

One of these additional charges is an underlayment.

Why ?

Because regardless of your selection of hardwood, you need underlayment.

This cost you approximately $0.04 to $1.25 depending on your requirements.

In terms of difficulty, this impacts the final cost.

If you install hardwood on a staircase or around electrical circuits, this takes more time and the cost naturally goes up.

This also refers to the condition of your subflooring, which needs to be free of debris, staples, or old nails.

You also need to level subflooring.

If the professional you hire has to either clean, level, or conduct any additional subflooring service, this costs you more.

4.Additional Materials

Another consideration to keep in mind is the labor to install finishing materials or other additionals.

Generally, I require to add trim and baseboards to close gaps between walls and the floor.

To do this, you need to purchase the materials and install these yourself or ask the installer.

Whichever way you decide to do this, it costs you extra.

Baseboards and trims cost approximately $2 per linear foot.

You can find great deals on these at more inexpensive prices.

In terms of installing molding and trim, you can expect $1.25 per linear foot.

If you require the nail holes to be painted over, additional fees will apply.

5.Moving Furniture

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In the case you currently live in the home, you most probably own furniture and it is laid out around the home.

If you require installed to move it, they will charge a fee.

If you want to save a few dollars, move your furniture from the rooms being remodeled.


Depending on where you live, this impacts the installation cost.

If you live close to the contractors and the city they work out of, it costs you less than if you or the contractor is located in a remote area.

To save money, you can hire someone that works close to your area.

IV – Average Installation Costs of Hardwood Flooring

Now, what is the average installation costs of solid hardwood flooring ?

You need to spend approximately $2,500 – $6,737 in hardwood flooring installation.

On average, you will spend about $6 and $22 per square foot.


Solid Hardwood Flooring Types & Costs

Type of harwood floors Costs Per Square Foot Details


From $3.50 to $6

Maple is sturdy and resistant to denting. A great choice for high-traffic areas. It is available from pale red to creamy white and it is a high level of difficulty for installation


From $1.5 to $4

It showcases knot patters for a rustic style. It ranges from light beige to warm tones and rich ambers. It is vulnerable to dents and scratches. Not the best choice for a home with pets.


From $2 to $4

The most sustainable option. Available in a wide range of colors. The most durable options are made from strand bamboo.

White Ash

From $5 to $6

It contains visible knots. Ranges from pale gray to light tan. Difficult to stain and very sturdy.


From $3 to $6

Presents grain patterns. Dense material. Perfect for high-traffic areas and pets.

Red oak

From $2 to $6

Presents a visible and tight grain. Reddish color. Very durable and creates a warm environment.

Brazilian Walnut

From $5 to $9

Exotic hardwood and ranges in many tones or brown. It is extremely durable and great for homes with pets.


Where Can You Install Hardwood?

An important point now.

In which rooms do you plan to install your hardwood flooring ?

Hardwood is sensitive to humidity and moisture. So don’t install it underground level.

I also don’t recommend to install hardwood in kitchens, bathrooms or laundry rooms.

Moisture and daily water affect these rooms.

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The best places to install hardwood are in living rooms, bedrooms, home offices and other types of rooms.

Also, I recommend not to install engineered hardwood in kitchen.

But at least it is acceptable for kitchens and laundry rooms. You can also install in in basements.

Indeed, humidity affect less engineered hardwoods compared to solid hardwood.

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Do you consider installing wood all throughout your home?

Then, engineered hardwood is your best option.


Engineered hardwood Installation Costs

Now, what is the average installation costs of Engineered hardwood flooring ?

The basic installation cost is approximately $3-10 on all engineered wood types:

  • Basic Engineered Wood. Costs approx $3 to $5 per square foot.
  • Mid Engineered Wood. Costs approx $5-$10 per square foot.
  • High Engineered Wood. Costs approx $8-$13 per square foot.

Does “engineered” imply that this hardwood type is “fake”?

Not at all.

This flooring type has multiple layers of low-cost wood backing and contains real wood veneer bonded.

There are so many varieties of engineered hardwoods, you can research and get some great deals and beautiful options to install everywhere in your home.

It is versatile and resilient and will offer heat and moisture resistance in comparison to solid hardwood.

Engineered Hardwood Types & Costs

Type of harwood floors Costs Per Square Foot Details


From $10 to $11

You can install it by being glued down, or together as well as fastened. Ranges from rich red to creamy white.

Heart Pine

From $10 to $11

It presents nail holes, knots, and gouges. It offers a vintage look.

White Ash

From $12 to $13

It offers grain patterns and color variations. Hides any imperfections very well.

Brazilian Cherry

From $3 to $6

It is exotic and available in warm brownish-red tones and presents hues.

Where to Buy Solid Hardwood & Engineered Hardwood ?

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You can find engineered hardwood at almost every home improvement store and online as well.

Some popular shopping places include:

How to Keep Costs Considerable?

There are several things you can do in order to keep your costs down.

Here are a few tips that’ll help you ensure you make ends meet and still get the hardwood flooring of your dreams.

Pay attention though: The above mention costs don’t include the cost of refinish hardwood floors.

Now I Would Like To Hear From You

I hope you enjoyed my hardwood flooring costs guide.

Now I’d like to hear what you have to say:

Are you budgeting for hardwood flooring for your home ?

Do you plan to call a professional or do it yourself ?

Let me know by leaving a quick comment below right now.

About the Author

Harold K. Hardesty

Harold is a Flooring Specialist at TheHouseWire, educating people on the flooring by writing guides about the topic. He is a well-seasoned flooring specialist with experience in the industry for nine years.

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