Cost of installing wood flooring

Updated July 19, 2017

Wood flooring is growing in popularity due to its long life and durability. Most wood floors are sold with 5- to 25-year warranties. Their warmth and beauty add value to a house, and many people choose to replace carpeting with wood flooring. Some floors, like bamboo, are "green," or environmentally friendly.


The three types of wood flooring are laminate, engineered and solid wood. The most expensive is generally solid wood, but prices vary depending on style and wood type. Laminates and engineered floors tend to start at £2 per square foot, with maximum pricing of certain kinds and solid woods running up to £9 a square foot.


Depending on the type of flooring you choose, it can be installed by glue, nails or inter-locking/snapping pieces. Regardless of the type, installation tends to be around £1.90 a square foot, although prices vary depending on where you live and if you're using a private contractor or a company.


While some people think that the width of the flooring makes a difference in price, overall it makes very little difference, if any at all. Choosing a wide wood or thin wood will, at most, raise the cost by $.25 a square foot.


Many contractors do charge a fee to move heavy furniture that is in the room. Prices vary, and some companies will not move the furniture at all, so if you can't do it, you may need to hire someone else to do it.

Removing Flooring

Removing existing flooring can be included in the cost of installation or may be an additional fee. It is generally inexpensive, costing no more than $.25 a square foot.


Borders between types of floor and baseboards around the floor include additional fees, but they are charged by the linear foot as opposed to the square foot. In most cases, they are only £1.30 to £1.90 per linear foot.


If the flooring is being put on an uneven surface, you may need to have it "floated" (levelled) or have plywood installed. Costs can run between £1.30 and £1.90 a square foot.

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Katherine Sanger has been writing articles for 15 years for various online and print publications. She holds degrees in information technology, liberal arts, English literature, creative writing and higher education and taught college-level English for more than 10 years.