How Much Does Oak Flooring Cost?
Oak flooring is a common type of floors chosen by many homeowner’s. This type of flooring has a great appearance, and it’s also rated as one of the more durable types of flooring material. Throughout the many years to come, oak can hold it’s ground against normal wear and tear. The most common types of oak hardwood flooring is Red Oak and White Oak.
How much are oak flooring prices?
- Overall, the oak flooring cost is going to greatly range from $1.50 to as much as $9 per square foot. Since there are various types of oak flooring, listed below are a few of the types that can be purchased through various lumberyards and retailers.
- Red Oak flooring that is unfinished is going to vary anywhere from $1.80 to $2.95 per square foot.
- For a thicker Red Oak floorboard, the price ranges anywhere from $2 to $5 per square foot.
- White Oak flooring that is unfinished will range anywhere from $1.90 to $3 depending on the grade, length and weight.
- For a room that measures 10×10, plan on spending anywhere from $180 to $700 for the supplies alone. This price wouldn’t factor in the contractor fees.
- At Lumber Liquidators, a higher end Red Oak brand that is finished and stained will vary from $4.25 to $6+ They also sell White Oak finished from anywhere from $3.50 to $6 per square foot.
- BuildDirect.com has semi-gloss based flooring that will vary anywhere from $2.75 to $8 per square foot.
What is going to be included?
- Depending on the quality and brand, oak flooring purchased online is going to come boxed in a set, rather than individually.
- The higher end flooring generally means that the flooring has a finish. Opting for the lower end flooring will require an additional stain / finish.
- There are two types of oak flooring that you can choose from. This includes a red or white oak. A red oak is lighter in color with a pinch of reddish, while a white oak is pale color that has a slightly gray cast to it.
What are the extra costs?
- Purchasing the flooring online may incur shipping charges. These are going to greatly vary from merchant to merchant.
- To have the flooring installed by a professional, this will cost upwards of $2 to $10 per square foot. A smaller 500 square foot room can cost upwards of $2,000+ for the labor costs itself.
- If older flooring has to be removed or if furniture has to be moved, this can all be seen as an additional expense. Each and every flooring contractor will differ with their pricing. Some are going to charge by the hour while others may charge solely based on the job.
- Some jobs may require a special plywood that needs to be added on top of the subfloor. If it isn’t plywood, an underlayment may be needed.
- If you choose to install the flooring yourself, tools will be needed. According to DIYNetwork, many tools such as a staple gun, rubber mallet, pry bar and more will be required.
- Depending on the quality of the flooring, some may require some sort of finish once it’s installed. The cost of finish will greatly depend on the brand and quality of the finish.
- While optional, radiant heating can be installed before the floors are laid. This system will vary depending on the size of the room.
- Molding that match the flooring can be considered an additional cost. Many floors have molding that match the theme of the flooring.
Things to consider:
- The Type: As touched upon above, there are a few different types of oak flooring. Compare to colors to know what’s going to look best with the overall theme of your home.
- Thickness: Oak flooring can come in various thicknesses. A thick solid wood will tend to be more durable than a wood that is thinner. Expect to pay more for a thicker wood. Common sizes include 5/16, 3/8 and a 1/2 inch thick.
- Grades: Just because the flooring claims to be oak, it doesn’t mean it is oak. Know the grade of the wood. Each manufacture will be able to explain this to you. Grades can include a clear grade, which has no flaws or a cabin grade, which may have a rustic look. There are many to choose from. It’s best to see what each type of flooring looks like in person.
- Location: The location of the room can play a factor. For example, a bathroom may need an engineered type wood floor while a kitchen doesn’t.
- Durability: Harder woods tend to last longer and are less likely to dent. But, harder woods can scratch easier and are louder when you walk on them. Softer wood can dent easier, but are easier to walk on.
How can I save money?
- Opt to purchase your flooring at a local hardware store such as Home Depot to save on shipping.
- Installing hardwood floors yourself may save money if you know what you’re doing. Experts note that if you do go this route, make sure that you have some experience laying floor. Failing to have experience can just lead to more problems down the road.