Hardwood Flooring Prices
Hardwood flooring prices really depend on several factors. Prices will vary depending on the hardwood flooring brands you are considering, the type of hardwood floroing construction and the wood species you are looking to buy. For example: are you looking to buy solid hardwood flooring or some type of engineered hardwood flooring? To help you narrow down your selection of hardwood styles you need to also know what type of sub-floor you are going over. (Be sure to check to see if the flooring you choose is approved for your installation.)
Comparing Solid Hardwood Flooring
If you are comparing various solid hardwood flooring make sure you know:
- how thick the wood plank is (gauge)
- what grade the wood is (Clear, Select, Select & Better, Common, etc...)
- the cut of the plank
- wood species
- if factory finished, what is the finish and finish warranty
Different hardwood flooring brands may be the same hardwood species, but cut from the tree differently which will effect the wood flooring prices. So be sure you are comparing apples to apples. To learn more see our solid hardwood flooring page.
Comparing Engineered Hardwood Flooring
These same types things also true for all engineered wood flooring as well. Engineered hardwood floors are constructed from several plies that are laminated together. Note how many plies each wood style has and the thickness of each floor one you are comparing. The top ply (which is the ply you walk on) may be thinner from brand to brand, even though the color and hardwood specie on the top are the same. When comparing different factory finished engineered brands be sure the finishes are equal as well. All of these things will effect the hardwood flooring prices. See our engineered hardwood flooring section for more information.
Comparing Manufacturer Warranties
Warranties can be deceiving. Some give you 25 years or more, but it is only for the original buyer and there are many exclusions and are usually pro-rated. If you are going to install the floor tyourself, you need to realize that your labor time is not covered just the material from manufacturing defects. Also, be aware some hardwood flooring manufacturers are now saying that any floor purchased from an Internet web site (over the Internet or by phone) will void the warranty, even if the claim is legitimate. Be sure to check the manufacturer's web site for their Internet buying policy.
With all the changes in fuel prices we are seeing hardwood flooring prices rise. If you can find a hardwood flooring store with lots of hardwood flooring in stock you will probably save money on your purchase. In-stock wood floors should cost less than special order flooring. Just be sure you are comparing apples to apples and getting exactly what you wanted to purchase.