Wood flooring looks great in any home and doesn’t have to break the budget either. Find out how much wood flooring costs here.
There are as many types of wood flooring as there as is wood-walnut, ash, bamboo and oak… the list goes on. With wood flooring available for all budgets anyone can afford the look of natural timber floors. Hardwood flooring prices are the highest followed by engineered wood flooring and then laminate flooring being the cheapest.
There are three main types of wooden flooring:
Laminate flooring which is a piece of MDF with a photographic image of wood grain adhered to the surface. It is also the cheapest version of a wooden floor.
- Cheaper than hard-wood and carpet.
- Laminate flooring is sold in a wide variety of wood, stone, and tile finishes.
- Easy to install.
- Easy to clean and maintain.
- Resistant to stains, impacts and scratches.
- Ideal for people that suffer from dust allergies.
- Environmentally friendly.
- Requires the use of a special laminate flooring cleaner.
- Does not tolerate standing pools of water and heavy moisture.
- Laminate wood planks are very difficult to repair.
- Proper installation take some skill to achieve a great looking floor.
- Does not give very high resale value
Price range: £ 5 – £15 per square meter
Engineered wood flooring
Engineered wood flooring, often called composite wood flooring is made from wood fibres and other materials that are glued together to form a solid layer that is strong and durable.
- Great looks! Looks like real wood.
- Easy to install.
- Engineered wood expands and contracts less than solid wood.
- Suitable for wet areas such as bathrooms and laundries.
- It is very durable and ideal for heavy footfall in both domestic and commercial environments.
- It can be sanded, which allows to be repaired and refinished.
- Comes available in wider boards than solid wood flooring.
- Quality of materials used in production (depends on manufacturer).
- Limited style options.
- Health issues can be caused by the adhesives used to bind the layers of the engineered flooring.
Price range: £18 – £55 per square meter
Solid wood flooring
Solid wood flooring is made from planks of timber that are nailed to a permanent floor. Some wooden floors are floated over the permanent floor and others are made from thicker planks of natural timber. This is the most expensive wood flooring.
- Straight-forward installation for those with the right experience.
- Hardwood floors are very easy to clean (they do not accumulate dirt, dust and debris).
- The Combine high-end aesthetic and style.
- High quality hardwood floors are very durable and long lasting when manufactured, installed, and finished to certain standards.
- Hard wood flooring increases the value of the property in the long-term.
- Hardwood floors come in a wide variety of colors and styles.
- Great choice for allergy sufferers and healthy indoor air quality.
- High cost of installation ,deriving from the quality of materials and the expertise of installation.
- They do not absorb heat, light and noise easily.
- Solid wood floors need refinishing occasionally as they are very easy to scratch.
Price range : £16 – £80
Wood flooring prices vary depending on the type chosen and in the case of solid wood, the wood chosen and the thickness.
Other Costs to Include
Wood floor installation also involves several other tasks that can be completed from you rather than the professional tradesman that you will hire, if you are looking to save any money
Carpet Removal and Disposal: £2 – £3 per square meter
Skirting Installation: £5 per meter
Beading: £5 per meter
Door Trimming: £30 – £70 per door
Floor Board Replacement: £20 per meter (labour and materials)
Floor Levelling: £15 – £20 per square meter (labour + screeding material)
Furniture Relocation: £25 – £30 per hour
Benefits of wood flooring
Most people choose a wooden floor because of its aesthetic appeal – there are a broad range of wood types and colourings available to suit any taste. Laurence Warburton, from Wood Works Flooring in Kent, points out that: “People like wood floors because they are hardwearing. They look great because of the grain and individual characteristics.”
Another major benefit of wood is that it is an eco-friendly, natural and sustainable resource which is very hard wearing. In fact, if maintained well, a hard wood floor could last a lifetime and is attractive to home buyers – a survey by woodflooring.org found that 58% of estate agents questioned said homes with wooden floors are more profitable than ones without.
Wood is also a hygienic flooring choice; according to the Environment, Health and Safety Online, nearly 100,000 dust mites live in a square yard of carpet, which can irritate allergies and respiratory conditions like asthma. A wood floor however, is easier to clean and keep dust free.
Wooden flooring installation cost
The cost of wooden flooring installation depends on the wooden product chosen and the size and shape of the area to be covered. If the area has an unusual shape it will be more difficult to install over a standard size square room.
The price of installation for wooden flooring is between £10 and £100 per square meter. An average room floor installation would cost about £400.
|Type of flooring||Approximate installation cost (per m2)|
|Solid wood floor, pre-finished, glued or nailed down||£18.00-£25.00|
|Engineered wood floor, pre-finished, floated||£17.00-£24.00|
|Engineered wood floor, pre-finished, glued or nailed down||£18.00-£25.00|
|Unfinished wood floor (solid or engineered), including sanding, lacquering or oiling||£20.00-£30.00|
Other points to consider
Carpet Removal and Disposal
Before installing a new wooden floor you will need to clear the room, pull up the old carpet and dispose it. This is not a very difficult job to do, so if you are looking to save money, this is a good way to start. However, if you do not feel like doing it yourself, you can always hire a carpet removal company to remove and dispose your unwanted carpet safely and efficiently. They will remove the old carpet along with tack strips, glue and stapled-down padding that was used when the carpet was first fitted in the room.
Remove Existing Skirting Boards
When wooden flooring is installed the existing skirting needs to be removed and then thrown away. Only after the existing skirting has been removed, only then the floorboards can be laid all across the room, the new skirting can be applied and the threshold strips can be attached directly to the wall. Again this is a job that can be done by you if you want to save money.
If you are trying to cut down the cost, installing the underlay yourself can certainly help. The floor needs to be level before the wooden floorboards can be laid. On concrete foundations you can use either a self-levelling compound or a damp proof membrane. On different types of foundations you simply use foam underlay, which is also easy to roll it out and cut it to shape. Always allow a few days for the room to settle before fitting the flooring.
When you are looking at the wooden flooring installation cost in your home, a solid wood floor can be stained or have a coloured finish. It can be left raw and then sealed to give a natural warm feeling to a room or stained to match other decor and floor coverings.
A hardwood floor installation cost will include a sealer for the timber and you will need to remember that that floor will be unable to be walked on for a few days. This floor does come with a 10 to 15 year guarantee, to ensure that you have made a good investment in your home