Hardwood Floor Installation
Solid Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood InstallationBefore planning a hardwood flooring installation project, it’s important to distinguish between the two main types of hardwood floors:
- Solid Hardwood Floors: These consist of single solid pieces of 100% real hardwood.
- Engineered Hardwood Floors: The top layer of engineered floors are made of real hardwood, whereas the middle layers are made of wood composite and other materials.
Hardwood Installation Methods
There are five main methods of hardwood flooring installation:
- Nail & Glue: The most preferred method, involving both nailing and gluing down the floors to the subfloor, in order to maximize sturdiness.
- Nail Only: The more cost effective method which only uses nails, typically only used when the subfloor is wooden.
- Glue Only: Using only glue is typically done when the subfloor is made of concrete, as nails would be ineffective.
- Click Installation: This is used on engineered floors that have a tongue-and-groove design, similar to how vinyl and laminate floors are constructed, allowing the floors to click and lock into place. Engineered floors that are constructed with the tongue-and-groove design can also be reinforced with nailing & gluing, although it isn’t necessary.
- Sand & Stain: This method involves nailing & gluing unfinished solid wood floors to the subfloor, then sanding and staining to achieve your desired look and texture.
Both solid and engineered hardwood floors can be installed using the nail and / or glue methods. However, the click and sand & stain methods are typically only used for solid and engineered floors respectively.
|Solid Hardwood Floors||Engineered Hardwood Floors|
|Nail and / or Glue||Yes||Yes|
|Sand & Stain||Yes||No|
Engineered floors can be sanded & stained later on in their lifespans, in order to refresh & revitalize the floors after wear and tear. However, as engineered floors already come finished, they typically aren’t sanded and stained at the time they’re installed.
Solid floors on the other hand can’t be installed using the click installation method, as they don’t have the tongue-and-groove designs that are required for this.
How much does hardwood flooring installation cost?
The costs of hardwood flooring installation depends on the installation method, as well as the type of hardwood used (engineered or solid). Generally, you can expect the following costs for these installation types:
|Cost per Square Foot|
|Nail & Glue||$3 / sqft|
|Nail Only||$2 / sqft|
|Glue Only||$2 / sqft|
|Click Installation||$2 / sqft|
|Cost per Square Foot|
|Nail & Glue Unfinished Hardwood||$2 / sqft|
|Nail Down Only Unfinished Hardwood||$1 / sqft|
|Sand & Stain Hardwood||$4 / sqft|
Note, these are general average costs, and actual costs may differ, based on various factors, discussed below:
- Removing old floors: If the previous floors have already been stripped and disposed of, you may see savings in costs. On the other hand, if the previous floors need to be removed or if they were installed using an outdated unconventional method, you may need to account for that in cost.
- Subfloor addition / update: The subfloor – or the layer above the joists that serves as the foundation for the floors above – is critical when installing wood floors. If the subfloors need to be replaced (due to major damage, molding, or any other factors), you will incur higher costs on your installation.
- Floor plan configuration: If your floor plan is highly complex (has many angles, columns, tight spaces, etc.), then you may be quoted for a higher installation costs. This is because these types of spaces require additional cutting, as well as additional materials.
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