There is no way around it: hardwood flooring is by far the most coveted of flooring options today, by both homeowners and home buyers alike. The reasoning goes far beyond the aesthetic richness that they add to a room. Hardwood floors offer incomparable durability, they are easy to maintain, and will last you a lifetime. It’s no wonder that so many people would love to add them to their home, but are concerned that they’re just too far out of their price point. If you are one of those homeowners, you might not have realized just how many options there are to make your dream of hardwood flooring realized. Not all hardwood floors are expensive, and here are some reasons that prove it.
Choose a Softwood
Softwoods are less expensive options that will still offer the same look and functionality of a high-grade wood. If you have your heart set on hardwoods but have a tighter budget, softwoods are the perfect solution. Examples of softwoods would include pine, spruce, and fir. Depending on the type you choose and the specific rates of the installers, expect to pay anywhere from $4 to $11 per square foot. This cost includes both materials and labor, and can offer you a rough estimate based on the amount you need in your space and what you choose to go with.
Get Multiple Estimates
A good rule of thumb to always keep in mind, no matter what project you have on your hands, is to get multiple estimates. The best idea is to shoot for three, and get a good idea on price comparisons to see if you are potentially being overcharged. You always need to be doing your homework – read reviews and ask about warranties and other specials going on. You never know how much you could save until you ask.
Remove and Install It Yourself
If you are feeling confident enough to do so, you can remove your old flooring and install your new hardwood flooring yourself. Unfortunately, removing your old flooring is much more expensive than people realize – expect anywhere between $8 to $13 per square foot. There may also be additional fees for having to remove furniture pieces, and you may have to evaluate the condition of your subfloor to see if it needs any repairs before installing your brand-new floors. Then, after thorough research, you can essentially be your own labor cost, and only have to pay for the materials to install your brand-new floors.
Contact Starwood Distributors
At Starwood Distributors, we are hardwood floor experts that are more than willing to consult with you on your vision for your home. With your strict budget in mind, we feel confident that we can find the best hardwood flooring that will offer you the look and versatility you have been dreaming about! To set up your free, in-home consultation today, call us at any one of our Texas locations. We are in Dallas, McKinney, Frisco, Plano, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston.