Recommended wood flooring

My wife would like to put wood floors in the dining room and family room, I would like recommendations. Should I use the real wood or Pergo like products. I am leaning towards real wood. This is over a finished basement. Currently there is wall to wall carpet. I am a clutz so I would not be doing the work. Can patterns be done in real wood? Thanks for the head start. What would be the approx range of pricing in the Md area ?
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allan <allan at his dot com> wrote in

Hey there, you're looking at alot of options there. I would suggest solid hardwood, either prefinished or sanded and finished after installation. Material prices vary widely depending on species of wood and whether you choose prefinished or unfinished.
Labor prices will likely be in the $1.25 per square foot range for nail down installation of unfinished wood and closer to $2.00 per sq. ft. for prefinished. Sanding & finishing will probably be in the neighborhood of $1.50 to $2.25 depending on type of finish, stained vs. natural etc.
These estimated prices are not etched in stone by any means, get two or three bids from a reliable company.
If it's not too far away Cherokee Wholesalers in Alexandria has a nice showroom you could take a look in to get an idea about materials (they won't give you any prices though),
Good luck & sorry for the longwinded reply, Adam
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