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How Much Does Hardwood Flooring Cost?

Many flooring options have come and gone, but hardwood has stood the test of time and remains an all-time favorite. From superior durability to ease of maintenance, there are various benefits of hardwood. With proper care and maintenance, a hardwood floor can last a lifetime.

How much does hardwood flooring cost? This is one of the most common questions property owners ask when installing hardwood flooring in their home or office. The cost of hardwood flooring and installation can vary depending on different factors, such as the type of wood used and the type of flooring you currently have.

Here are some other factors that determine the cost of hardwood flooring.


A major factor that affects the cost of hardwood flooring is the species of wood chosen. Usually, domestic woods are less expensive than exotics, as they are sourced locally, and are more abundantly available.

Domestic woods such as red oak, hickory, and birch start at just $4-$5  per sq. ft., whereas exotics such as wenge and zebrawood can cost as much as $14 per sq. ft. and above.

Solid vs. Engineered

Usually, the upfront cost of engineered hardwood is higher than solid wood, unless you are planning to opt for a rarer hardwood species such as tigerwood or any other less abundant exotic.


There are different grades of hardwood flooring. The most commonly used grades are Select, #1 Common, #2 Common, and Clear. Usually, Clear grade hardwood (sourced from the heartwood) is the most expensive, followed by Select and #1 and #2 Common.

The high cost of a particular grade does not necessarily make it more desirable. Grades can be differentiated based on the amount of color variations and character traits such as wormholes, open checks, and knots.

Prefinished vs. Finished Onsite

Over the years, the popularity of prefinished flooring has increased dramatically. For like the same species and grade of wood, the wood materials can cost more for a prefinished product, installation cost is significantly reduced  The time your home is not in service is greatly diminished as you do not have to wait for multiple layers of finish to dry before moving in.

Additionally, the polyurethane finishes available for prefinished flooring are more durable than those that are applied onsite. Many homeowners still prefer an onsite finish as they want to avoid the slight beveling at the edges found on almost all prefinished planks or they want to be able to create a specific color they cannot find in a prefinished flooring.

Jobsite conditions

Jobsite conditions can be a huge factor on the cost of installing hardwood floors.  The type of flooring is one factor that can dramatically affect the final cost of installing hardwood floors. Carpet is much easier and more predictable to remove than ceramic tile or glue down hardwood. Ceramic and glue down hardwood can triple the cost of the demolition labor, and then what is left may need additional work to bring the floor back to a condition that can accept new flooring.  Carpet may hide unforeseen issue with the subfloor that even the most experienced estimator cannot predict. 

A jobsite inspection is essential to get an accurate estimate of cost, even though some things may not be able to be addressed until all the old flooring is up. Rugworks offers inspections and estimates at no charge to their customers.

Rugworks Inc. is one of the most trusted hardwood flooring companies in Santa Rosa. We have a flooring solution for every need. We are committed to creating value for our customers. To discuss your flooring project with one of our professionals, call (707) 935-0648.