Bamboo & Cork Flooring Price Guide

price-guideBamboo and cork flooring are two of today’s hottest flooring trends. Bamboo flooring, on average, is priced about the same as top-quality solid hardwood flooring. These green flooring materials cost slightly more than others but due to the sustainability factor, many homeowners are flocking to the stores and comparing bamboo floor prices to other types.

This guide to Bamboo and Cork flooring provides a breakdown of the costs you can expect to incur when you decide to buy this type of green flooring for your home. You can learn much more by reading the Bamboo and Cork floor buying guide, installation guide, or the maintenance and care guide to learn more about making it last and look beautiful for years to come.

The following prices in this guide are approximate, for a more accurate quote please go ahead and request free estimates from local professionals in your area by CLICKING HERE.

Average Price Range

Bamboo flooring prices range in the $2-$7 per square foot with an average price of about $4.50. Most bamboo flooring is factory-finished, known as prefinished. You might be able to find unfinished bamboo flooring in which case you’ll pay the lower price of $2-$3 per square foot. This is only worth doing if you plan to finish it yourself. Paying for unfinished material and the finishing of it separately will cost much more than purchasing prefinished bamboo flooring.

Cork flooring costs approximately $3-$8 per square foot with an average price of about $5. Cork flooring typically costs less than $1 per square foot to install. Bamboo flooring averages about $2 per square foot to install.

Determining How Much to Buy

If you are hiring a flooring contractor to install your cork or bamboo flooring, the contractor will probably want to make the measurements. If you do it yourself, measure each room separately. If the room is “L-shaped”, divide it into rectangles and measure each one separately.

Multiply the length times the width of each rectangle to get the square feet of flooring needed. For example, a room that is 15 feet long and 12 feet wide, or 15 x 12, will need 180 square feet of flooring. Add up all the rectangle measurements.

The next step is to add 5% for waste if home flooring pros are handling the installation and 7% if you’re doing it yourself. So, if you add up all the rectangles and come up with 1,200 square feet, use one of these equations to determine how much flooring you need to order:

1,200 x 1.05 (5% waste) = 1,260 square feet

1,200 x 1.07 (7% waste) = 1,284 square feet

Flooring is often sold by the box, and there is often 100 square feet per box. So, in both examples above, you would need 13 boxes of material.

Additional Factors in the Cost of Installation

The price of the material plus installation is the total installed price. There are a couple of factors that affect the estimates you’ll get for installation. The more complex the job and the more trimming there is, the higher the price per square foot will be.

For example, if you need 600 square feet of material for a large living room, the cost per square foot will be relatively low. If the 600 square feet of material is going to go in several small rooms with lots of trim, like a kitchen with an island, a bathroom and a hallway, then the price per square foot for bamboo and cork flooring installation will be relatively high.

If stairs are included, they may be priced separately. For example, the contractor might give you an estimate of $2 per square foot plus $250 for the stairs.

Time of year may affect price too. If you’re in a rush to get your new flooring in for the holidays, you may find that bids are higher because a lot of other customers are trying to do the same thing.

Way to Save Money

Doing as much of the preparation work as possible will save you money. Remove trim and doors. Remove the old flooring and prepare the subfloor yourself. See the Installation of Bamboo and Cork Flooring guide for details.

Secondly, getting several flooring estimates from contractors that know they are competing for the work will bring the lowest bids. Consider using a service that gives you 3 or more free estimates from local, screened contractors. This saves you time and helps you find the best home flooring pros in your area. There is no obligation for using the services listed on this site.

Cork & Bamboo Pricing FAQs

Q: Why is cork flooring installation so inexpensive compared to tile flooring installation?
A: It’s all about the time and materials required to do the job. Cork flooring installation goes pretty quickly and the tools and materials required aren’t especially costly. Tile installation is very labor-intensive. Plus, grout is costly and so are tools like a tile saw that are required to do the job.

Q: What should you look for in a good flooring contractor?
A: Look for years of experience. Ask for references, and if possible, take a look at some of the floors the contractor has installed. If the installer is working on a home under construction, then you may be able to stop by and see the work firsthand. Ask about the experience of the crew too, since the contractor may not do all the work himself.

Q: Do flooring installation contractors ever negotiate?
A: Some will. If you think one contractor will do a better job but his or her estimate is higher than another’s, ask if the contractor will meet the competitor’s price, or at least come closer to it. Be prepared to show the contractor the written estimate of the competitor. Keep in mind that the better contractor might charge more because of the superior workmanship you’ll receive. In other words, if you want the job done right, it might be worth paying a bit extra.

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