Hardwood floors are an attractive, updated addition to any home, and usually bring up the home's value. Compared to other flooring options, however, having them installed can become an expensive undertaking. The ultimate cost to install hardwoods for a 1,000-square-foot home will depend on your wood choice.
Solid-strip hardwood flooring is what most people think of when they think of hardwood flooring. It's made entirely of hardwood, unlike engineered wood, which is made of layers of different materials, and it's installed one strip of wood at a time. Among solid-strip hardwoods, costs will vary. More exotic hardwoods will carry a heftier price tag, but average costs are around £5 per square foot when everything is taken into account. For a 1,000-square-foot home, you'll spend about £5,200.
Factory-finished hardwoods do not need to be sanded, stained or refinished after they're installed, as the manufacturer applies the final finish to each individual strip before selling it. These finishes can last longer than the alternative. Like solid-strip hardwoods, your costs will vary depending on the species of wood selected, but expect to spend between £5 and £7 per square foot, for a total cost of £5,200 to £7,800.
Many people prefer bamboo for its environmentally friendly, sustainable qualities. It also makes a beautiful flooring choice. Installed, bamboo floors can average about £4 to £5 per square foot. For other environmentally friendly flooring options, look into Brazilian cherry or Austrian cypress, which will have similar costs to solid-strip hardwoods.
If you love the look of hardwood floors but find they're not in your budget, consider laminate flooring. It can start at £4 per square foot to install, but installation of laminate is easier than hardwoods and may make an appropriate do-it-yourself project.