Ready to transform the look of your home with new hardwood flooring? If so, then one of the first things you've probably realized is that real hardwood flooring does not come cheap. In fact, you can typically expect hardwood flooring to cost between $6 and $12 per square foot to install. If you're looking to maximize your budget and save money on hardwood flooring for your home, there are some practical tips to keep in mind.
Tear Out Your Old Floors Yourself
Hardwood flooring materials can be expensive, but labor can be just as costly. Therefore, you may be able to save yourself a pretty penny on your flooring project if you're willing to do the work of tearing out your old floors yourself. This is easiest if you have carpeting or a type of flooring that is not glued down to the subfloor, such as laminate.
Take Advantage of Slow Seasons
Flooring companies tend to have slower business during the winter months, so be sure to take advantage of floor sales and discounts on labor/installation if you're flexible on the timing of your flooring project.
Choose the Right Grade of Wood
There are many different types and grades of wood flooring available, so shop around to find the species or grade that best suits your design tastes and budget. Some of the more common species for homeowners on a budget include oak, hickory, maple, and walnut. All of these are durable options that can be sanded and stained or refinished many times. And with proper sealing and maintenance, they should hold up to the test of time.
Opt for a Narrow Plank
Wider planks tend to cost more because they require more labor to manufacture and install. And while wider plank flooring may be popular right now, going with even a slightly more narrow plank (about an inch or so) can save you a lot of money on your project.
Explore Reclaimed Options
Sometimes, hardwood flooring that is in good condition can be removed from an old home and reused. This is known as reclaimed wood, and buying reclaimed flooring can be an excellent way to save on your new flooring. The main challenge is that you'll need to make sure you can get enough of the reclaimed flooring to cover the square footage in your home.
With these money-saving options, you'll be well on your way to enjoying beautiful hardwood flooring throughout your home without overspending. Reach out to a professional who provides floor sales to see what's available.
Flooring can take up a big chunk of your building or renovation budget. Is this something that you can cut down the cost of so that you don't run out of money before the project is complete? In some cases, your first choice may not be the best for your budget. We have put this blog together to help those going through the process of renovating or building a home find the flooring that will fit into their budgets without sacrificing looks or quality. When you come to the end, you will have a good idea of what you can afford and what you want in your home.