Solid Hardwood Flooring Price Guide
Solid hardwood floors are more affordable than many realize, which makes them one of the most popular types of floor installed in homes today. The biggest variables in what you pay for a new hardwood floor are int he type of wood you choose and of course, the quality of the installation.
Another factor to consider when you have solid hardwood floors installed in your home, is that you are likely going to be put out into a hotel for a few days during the finishing process. So when you factor your solid hardwood floor prices, add in a few overnight stays at a friend or a local hotel.
In this solid hardwood flooring guide, we’re going to look at prices. If you aren’t ready, take a look at the complete solid hardwood floor buying guide, installation guide or if you already decided on solid hardwood, learn about care and maintenance of this flooring.
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 for Solid Hardwood Flooring
- $2 per square foot, up to about $5 per square foot for unfinished domestic hardwoods. Exotic and imported woods may cost more.
- Pre-finished solid wood flooring prices start at about $4 and can cost as much as $12 per square foot, but most is found in the $4-$10 per square foot price range.
Installation of solid hardwood flooring averages $3-$4 per square foot for both unfinished and prefinished wood. Most customers who buy unfinished floors plan to do the finish work themselves to save money. If you choose to have them finished by home flooring pros, it will cost up to $2 per square foot. You’ll probably save money by purchasing prefinished flooring. $3-$4 per square foot is just the average cost to install hardwood flooring, check out our new hardwood installation price guide for a more in-depth analysis of installation prices.
Factors in Determining the Total Cost
The grade of the wood is a major factor in cost. Here are the grades most often used, from most expensive to least expensive, and what they mean:
- Clear Grade: Uniform color, mostly free of knots and blemishes. Longer board lengths.
- Select & Better: Uniform color, very few knots or blemishes. Longer board lengths. Most hardwood sold is Select & Better.
- Select or Exclusive: Color varies somewhat from board to board. A few more blemishes and knots are visible. This is a prefinished wood term. The corresponding term for unfinished wood is #1 Common. Both have shorter board lengths.
- Traditional, Antique or Character: Lots of natural character and variance in color. Pinholes and knots are possible. Shorter board lengths. This is a prefinished wood flooring term. The corresponding unfinished wood flooring term is #2 Common or Rustic.
- Tavern or Cabin: The cheapest hardwood flooring shows lots of character, wood color variance, knots and blemishes. Boards average just 24” in length.
The specie of wood will make a difference too. Here is a price list for most of the woods currently in use. Prices are listed per square foot for prefinished wood. Unfinished wood is usually $1-$2.50 less per square foot.
- Sakura: $8-$12
- Kempas: $8-$11
- Tigerwood: $8-$11
- Teak: $7-$10
- Brazilian Cherrywood: $7-$10
- American Hardwoods (Oak, Maple, Cherry, Ash, etc.): $4.50-$8
There are a few factors that affect hardwood floor installation cost, but most won’t dramatically change the written estimates you receive. The smaller the room, the more it may cost per square foot. A lot of complicated trimming around floor vents and other obstacles may raise the price too.
Saving Money on Solid Hardwood Flooring
Shop around for the best prices. There are quite a few online dealers that sell a wide range of unfinished and prefinished wood floors. Even if you plan to buy from a local store such as a large chain home improvement store, you can shop prices online. It saves time and gas money.
You’ll save money on unfinished wood if you’re willing to finish the floors yourself. And if you choose wood in a lesser grade, prices will be lower.
The best way to save money on installation is to get at least 3 quotes from local hardwood flooring installers. There is no cost or obligation for using online services that provide quotes from prescreened, qualified hardwood flooring installation contractors. When contractors know that they are competing for the job you’ll get the best prices.
Solid Hardwood Pricing FAQs
Q: Can unused hardwood flooring be returned?
A: If the box has not been opened, it usually can be returned. Keep in mind, having a small supply of extra pieces on hand can save hassle later if you need to replace a few boards.
Q: Is it cheaper to buy solid wood flooring online?
A: You’ll often find lower prices online, but not always. It’s worth a look. If you buy online, factor in shipping costs if they apply. If you buy too much, returning what you don’t need to an online seller can be costly if you have to pay shipping.
Q: How much does hardwood floor refinishing cost?
A: Hardwood floors need to be refinished every 7-20 years depending on the quality of the flooring and how heavily it is used. When it needs refinishing, you’ll pay $2-$4 for the job.
The cost of solid hardwood flooring is competitively priced with fine carpeting, cork and bamboo, and it is less expensive than most tile and stone flooring. See the other hardwood flooring guides on this site which general information, installation procedures and how to maintain your floors.