We are having a new home built and we are getting hardwood floors
throughout, except the laundry room and bedrooms. Our builder sent us
to "Contemporary Carpet" to pick our flooring out. They quoted us a
price of $16,220 for all the hardwood. If I had to guess I'd say
there is hardwood throughout 1500 sq ft of the house. They broke it
down by room, and here is one to give you an example:
353.5 sq ft
This comes to $14.69/sq ft. Does this seem high? Here are the floor
we chose: http://www.nextag.com/CAPELLA-Standard-Series-3-522001499/prices-html .
This is prefinished maple flooring, which has about 5 layers.
According to that price, they are charging over $8/sq ft for
installation. This is higher than what I've mostly seen searching
around. Is there something I'm not thinking of that could bump up the
Your contractor should be able to provide you with exact price per
square foot for labor. I see from the above link that material cost is
$5.70/sf. If your calculation of $14.69/sf is correct (I am assuming
this is labor and material cost) then labor cost is $8.99/sf (round off
$9). There is also cost of insulation paper plus nails, staples and/or glue.
Here in CT, Home Depot had a special $9.99/sq for labor. Regular price
But if you are paying $14.69 just for labor. That sounds steep. Best bet
would be to go to local Home Depot or Lowes and ask what is their price.
I do not know if this pertains to your situation, but here in South
Jersey, I am replacing the carpet in each room as I remodel it. I
purchase my flooring from Lumber Liquidators for less than 5.50 s/f
and that is for some very nice exotic woods, including blood wood,
three times harder than oak. To that I have a local flooring guy
install it for about another 5.00 s/f.
To get the best, rock-bottom rate from all of the contractors that
work on my house, and I have some terrific contractors, I absorb the
cost of all unknowns. If it could not be be seen or predicted, I eat
the cost. Saves them the worry about losing money. We both win.
It seems high to me, but our hardwood was $4.80/sqft. Installation
was $2/sqft. This was about 3 years ago. Throw in 15% tax and our
450 sqft job came to about $3500. Installers did not charge for nails/
paper/prep (or even detail work like framing a splash porch,
bullnosing, etc.). My parents had a job done at the same time for
$1.50 installed, and the results in both cases were excellent as far
as workmanship goes.
I'm glad I live where I do....at least as far as hardwood installation
Building material costs in general have been going through the roof for the
past decade or so. The primary reason has been attributed to the Chinese
that are buying up everything and building like crazy. There are shortages
in just about all fundamentals from cement to lumber and nails. When all is
said and done its all about supply and demand.
I don't know much about the facts about the hardwood industry in detail but
I do know throughout the 90s I worked for a wood window and door
manufacturer and he had a lot of difficulty obtaining various hardwoods even
If I were you I would go to the websites of the lumber associations
(hardwood specifically) and send them some questions asking about the
availability and costs of hardwoods being used for flooring. A few moments
of your time will give you an education you can use to continue shopping or
perhaps be comfortable with the facts as they are now being presented to
Finally, you might also break your project down and not buy the hardwood
floors from a carpet store that is yet another "middle man" that is going to
mark up the product and likely going to subcontract the labor out anyway. Do
the work to find the independent guys with all the old world expertise. Some
jack-off salesman in a carpet store is not going to be working in -- your --
<%= Clinton Gallagher
NET csgallagher AT metromilwaukee.com
This is what we've been hoping for... that the Chinese would use the
money we're sending them for their exports (toys, electronics, textile
products, etc.), and turn around and use that income to buy things from
That will help American mfgrs, and maybe we'll see a rise in the income
of the ordinary laborer, reversing the 30+ year trend. Wishful
thinking, maybe. Probably the Feds will enact some stupid protectionist
trade barrier that will ruin the fair operation of the marketplace
before this occurs.
I'm currently redoing about 2200 sft, and my total cost for basic
installation of solid quartersawn oak (installed, stained, finished is
approximately $18,000 - or $8.20 psft), by a very very reputable firm.
I am in Colorado, and prices do seem to be alot lower here. Hope this
sheds some light on the topic.
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