After years of cleaning carpets and hovering over every little stain, you're ready to rip it all up and put down long lasting, easy to clean, timber flooring. While you have no doubts that you definitely want hardwood flooring, you may have a few doubts about the prices you have been quoted. Here are a few great ways you can save on hardwood flooring costs.
Get a minimum of three estimates before you decide on who you want to go with. Getting a reasonable number of estimates helps you better understand what the average price is in your area, as well as introduces you to the different companies.
When you are comparing estimates, it's important that you compare similar ones. If one estimate includes installation, and another is just for the cost of the supplies alone, you're going to get very different prices—but the value is not the same. The cheaper sounding one may be a lot more expensive once the same factors are taken into account.
It's also important to ask about the same flooring types when getting estimates. Hickory does not cost the same as cherry, and if they give you estimates on different wood types, you may well be comparing estimates that are very different.
Look at all hardwood flooring types
You may be able to save money by choosing engineered wood over solid wood. Solid wood is exactly what it sounds like—a solid plank of wood cut directly from the tree. Engineered wood is a plank that just has a small sliver of solid wood on the top, called a veneer, and the rest is made up of plywood.
Engineered wood tends to be more water resistant than solid wood, but it can't be sanded down as many times as planks can. If your trying to put wood in a basement, engineered wood is your only option.
Do some of the work yourself
A typical installation includes the removal of the old floor, disposal of the old floor, the materials for the new floor, installation of the new floor, and all associated labor costs. If you need to save some, you can try doing the removal and disposal yourself.
If you are handy, this can be a good option. If you're not very handy, or the floor is difficult for some reason, it may be best to just save a little longer instead. If you accidentally damage the subfloor, you may end up costing yourself more in the long run.
There's no doubt that hardwood flooring is a great option for your house. It looks beautiful, makes cleaning easier, and lasts longer than carpeting. If you need to save on the costs, these options can help you bring the costs down to an affordable level, without compromising on the overall beauty and durability of the project.
It never hurts to call and ask questions, so if you're not sure, ask a contractor today about installing flooring in your home.
WA Hardwood Floors
Perth's Premium Timber Flooring. WA Hardwood Floors are specialists in both Domestic and Commercial Timber Flooring with over 21 years experience in the industry
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