Asked on Oct 4, 2017

How to install wood flooring?

Rosemary KellyJan Loehr1240839


I'd like to get rid of 20+ year old rugs in three bedrooms. I got a quote for the smallest, and was shocked at how expensive it is to hire someone.

4 answers
  • There are many different kinds of "wood" flooring ranging from real wood $$$, to engineered wood $$, to vinyl plank and laminate. It's tongue and groove and after your get the first row installed, it's fairly easy. Depending on the age of your home, it can be difficult to get the first row straight. Wood and engineered flooring will require a flooring nailer, miter saw, and a jig saw. Laminate requires a jig saw and miter saw. I'm not sure about vinyl plank. Again, depending on the age of your home, you may need to prep the floor. Floor leveler may be required and if there has every been water damage, that will need cut out and replaced. You will typically pay around $3 for installation (rural areas, more in cities). And the price of your flooring, depending on what you select can range from $2-$20. There is also carpet removal and disposal and removal of all the staples and tack board. After the flooring is installed, quarter round will need to be added to the edges of the room. Again, not hard, just time consuming and there is a lot involved.
  • 1240839
    on Oct 4, 2017

    Labor is usually two times the cost of material. It's not that difficult, but get help to learn how to start. That's key.
  • Jan Loehr
    on Oct 4, 2017

    You could do one bedroom at a time not all three at once.. yes it does cost a lot because there is a tremendous amount of labor involved that unless you know what you are doing you do need professional people for this huge job..they also have to remove all funiture in the rooms which is exhausting in itself before they even start on the floor..then cut and rip up the carpet..then removed all the staples from the subfloor...then check to see if the floors are level to install the new planks..then install new product with new baseboards...NOT a piece of cake project by any means! Lots of very hard backbreaking work...
  • Rosemary Kelly
    on Oct 20, 2017

    It depends on what kind of wood floors you want. Most "big box" stores have classes. We did one bedroom, a hallway, and our living room. We used oak parquet tiles. Laminates aren't that hard either. Some of the new "wood" ceramic tiles look interesting. I agree with the old rugs. You'll be shocked at how much better it smells with those nasty things gone. A lot easier to keep clean too, of course I would love having floor drains........
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