How to calculate the cost of wood flooring

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Wood flooring adds warmth and charm to any room. With so many choices on the market, the cost of a wood flooring project varies greatly. Many factors influence the cost, but estimates the average cost between £5 and £7 per square foot. Whether you plan to install the wood floor yourself or have a contractor handle the work, an estimate before you start the project ensures you stay within the budget and make the right decision when it comes to materials.

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    Measure the length and width of the room. Multiply these two numbers to figure the square footage of the room. This is the common method of calculating materials for flooring. Make a quick sketch of the room for a visual reference, noting any nooks or other cutouts in the room.

  2. 2

    Check the doorways in the room. Determine if they will need a wooden transition piece to blend the new wood flooring with the floor covering of the adjoining room.

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    Determine the type of wood flooring you want to use for the project. The type of wood, finish and method of installation all affect the final price. Laminate flooring offers an affordable alternative if budget is a factor.

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    Write a list of all materials needed for the project. Include the actual flooring, any adhesive, finishing pieces, underlay and other supplies based on the type of wood flooring you select.

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    Gather prices for the materials, either at a store or online. Use your measurements for reference. Write down the unit cost of each item on the materials list so you can calculate the totals.

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    Decide if you will install the wood flooring yourself or if you will hire a contractor. If you plan to work with a contractor, the cost of labour adds to the overall project cost. Contact several contractors for estimates.

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    Multiply the cost per square foot of the flooring by the total square footage of your floor. Add extra in case some of the pieces get damaged or cut incorrectly. Add the costs of the other materials on the list to get the total cost.

Tips and warnings

  • Taking a notebook with you to the home improvement store makes it easy to record the costs and take additional notes about the flooring.

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