Hardwood floors inevitably come up whenever there is a question of what material to use to replace old flooring. Hardwood floors are a timeless classic and durable. Not only that, according to the National Association of Realtors’ 2019 Remodeling Impact Report, new hardwood floors had a Recovered Project Cost percentage of 106% and a hardwood floor refinish was at 100%. Although installing hardwood floors may come with a higher price tag than other options, they boast a long life span. Many wood floors come with a 50-year warranty. In fact, if maintained properly, wood floors can last twice as long, if not longer. While nothing is guaranteed, the consensus is hardwood floors are worth the investment.
But, are hardwood floors practical for your household?
Maybe you have pets or children and you’re thinking vinyl or laminate flooring may be a better option. While damage to your floor is likely inevitable if you have an active household, there are species of wood you can consider that are harder and more durable. You can check the Janka Hardness Rating scale for reference. It is also better to use solid hardwood as opposed to an engineered hardwood. Keep in mind scratches and dents are less noticeable on wood flooring with a distressed look or with more marks and strong graining.
It is also good to remember that scratches from your pet are not often permanent. Depending on the finish, sometimes they don’t even penetrate the wood. If they do, you will have to get them sanded out which can be costly so be sure to take precautionary steps. If possible, use a tougher finish and be sure to keep your pup’s nails clipped. You can also install floor runners and place rugs in high traffic areas for protection. And be sure to take your shoes off on your wood floors!
So, what will this really cost me?
If you’ve taken everything into consideration and have decided hardwood floors is what you want, you need to figure out how much it will cost. Because there is such a wide range of options when it comes to hardwood floors, contact a contractor to receive an estimate based on the type of wood you want. However, you can determine a general range for the cost based on the square footage of flooring you want to install and the wood you want to use. Keep in mind that the harder the wood type you choose, the more the cost will increase. You will also want to factor in costs for installation and removal of existing flooring.
On average, you can expect to pay $6 to $11 per square foot on the low end and from $12 up to $23 per square foot on the higher end. This includes materials and installation, including finishing, trim, and the removal of existing flooring. While this price tag may be higher than other flooring options, homeowners who choose to install hardwood floors or refinish older wood floors report a high rate of satisfaction with their decision.