Engineered Flooring Price Guides
The cost of engineered wood flooring along with the ease of installation make it an affordable flooring option. On average, the price is slightly lower or comparable with solid hardwood flooring prices. Most affordable engineered flooring can’t be refinished like solid hardwoods, but has the advantage that it can be installed in basements and other humid locations.
This guide to engineered flooring provides a general price range for this type of home flooring. If you already know it’s the right type of floor for your home, you may want to learn more about installation, care and maintenance, and much more that’s covered in our complete engineered floor buying guide.
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The least expensive engineered wood flooring costs as little as $2.50 per square foot. The most expensive engineered flooring may cost $10 per square foot. The vast majority of the products are $4-$7 per square foot.
The thickness of the engineered wood flooring plays a major role in the price. Flooring 3/8” is less expensive than 3/4″ flooring. The wood specie is the next factor that plays a role. Domestic hardwoods like maple and oak are the most affordable. Imported exotic woods like Santos mahogany, bamboo or Brazilian koa cost the most.
Most engineered wood flooring is prefinished at the factory. However, some manufacturers do make unfinished engineered flooring, and you can save $2-$3 per square foot by finishing it yourself. Your wood selection might be limited however, but you will get to choose a natural finish or any stain you want for it.
Determining the Amount of Flooring You’ll Need
The first step is to determine the square footage of the area to be covered. Next, add 5% for trimming and waste. If you’re going to do the job yourself and are inexperienced, consider adding slightly more for waste.
When measuring rooms, multiply the width times the length from wall to wall. The flooring will go under the baseboard, so don’t measure baseboard to baseboard.
If the room is “L-shaped”, measure each rectangle separately and add the totals. Once you’ve determined the square footage for all the rooms where new flooring installation will take place, multiply the total by 1.05 (or 1.10 if DIY with no experience).
If covering 1,200 square feet of ground, you’ll need 1,260 square feet multiplying by 1.05 to 1,320 square feet if multiplying by 1.10.
If you are planning to hire home flooring pros to do the job, the contractor you choose will handle the measurements for you. When looking for the right contractor, get several bids before choosing. Using a free, no obligation service is a fast, convenient way to find the most competitive bids in your area.
Factors that Effect the Installation Cost
The first factor in the installation cost is whether or not existing flooring must be removed first. If the floor is hard, such as vinyl flooring, concrete or ceramic tile flooring, it may not have to be removed unless necessary for matching floor heights. Carpeting, padding, tack strip and staples will need to be removed.
Next, the complexity of the job will affect the installation estimates you get. The more trimming and tight areas there are, the more the estimates might be.
If extensive work to the subfloor must be done, such as filling cracks in concrete, this will increase the estimates you receive. If subfloor installation is required, to make the floor level with another type of flooring it will meet, this will add to the cost too.
How to Saving Money
Engineered wood flooring often goes on sale in home improvement stores or many of the places to buy flooring online. Waiting for a sale may save you 15% to 30%. In addition, manufacturers make frequent changes to their product lineup, so engineered flooring is often put on clearance. You can save up to 50% if you buy flooring that is on clearance.
New lines come out in the spring, so sales and clearance specials pick up after the first of the year.
If you choose unfinished engineered flooring and have good DIY skills, finishing the floor yourself can save you a significant amount of money, as much as $2-$3 per square foot or more.
For installation, you’ll save money if you remove any existing flooring yourself. Also, the baseboard trim and toe kick will need to be removed and reinstalled. If you plan to replace it, removing the old material is easy. You don’t have to be careful not to break it. If you’ve got finish carpentry skills, installing new trim will save you quite a bit of money.
Engineered Wood Pricing FAQs
Q: What are the advantages of buying engineered wood flooring instead of solid wood flooring?
A: There are several, though they may not apply to you. First, engineered flooring can be installed directly over concrete but solid wood cannot be. Next, engineered wood handles moisture better, so is a preferred choice in very humid climates and basements. Engineered wood is more stable than solid wood, so if you’re installing flooring in a cottage or vacation home you close up for the winter, engineered flooring is a better choice.
Q: Does it matter what brand you buy?
A: There are cheap engineered hardwood floors, mid-priced floors and high-end floors. Some brands sell mostly cheap stuff; others favor high-end engineered floor. Most have a blend of flooring. You tend to get what you pay for.