Why Your Zip Code Matters
What a local contractor charges varies wildly based on your location. Sometimes there are many more carpet installers in an area than hardwood specialists, in which case one type of floor will cost less to install than another. We do our level best to ensure the most accurate calculation possible.
How Much Will Your Hardwood Flooring Cost?
We created the most comprehensive hardwood flooring installation calculator on the internet. We’ve broken it down to the following:
Step 1 – Zip Code
Step 2 – Square Footage, Materials, and Labor
Step 3 – Old Flooring and New Flooring
Step 4 – Get your calculation
Put it all together and we give you the most accurate hardwood flooring cost calculation available.
About This Hardwood Flooring Calculator
This tool presupposes that you already know the square footage of the area you are installing the hardwood flooring of. If not, you can learn how to calculate the square footage. There are several factors which are used to determine what it will cost to replace your current flooring with a new hardwood floor. Where you are located matters, as sometimes a market is saturated with one type of contractor, while specialists of installation other types of flooring are fewer, and can thereby charge more.
Also, the amount of flooring you are replacing plays a huge role in evaluating the total cost of a new hardwood floor. Generally, the smaller the area, the more it will cost on a per square foot basis. Also, the current type of flooring can make the removal more expensive. For instance tile is extremely difficult and time consuming to pull up, while carpet is easier, there may be ‘tack strip holes’ which may need to be filled. This tool takes all of those variables, puts them together, then sends you a custom calculation based on the data you enter.
How You Can Calculate Hardwood Flooring Costs On Your Own
Estimating your flooring costs is like anything else, it isn’t difficult if you know how. All you have to do is calculate how much your materials will cost and how much your labor will cost.
Do you know what kind of hardwood flooring materials you’re going to be using? If so, have you already picked out the style of that flooring? There are many options in the way of colors, finishes, etc which can make your cost per square foot go up or down. The first step in estimating your floor replacement project is to narrow down your choice of flooring material. When you have between one and three it is easier to do the math and understand the costs involved. At that point, simply multiply the square footage by the flooring cost per square foot to arrive at the total materials cost. We recommend adding 10% to this due to incidental needs like curved edges which mean you need a whole new piece, or having to cut the flooring due to the edge needed for a wall.
Calculation of labor isn’t as straightforward as estimating the materials. The reason is that what contractors might charge to remove the current flooring, especially in cases of tile and hardwood, can vary wildly. Installation costs can vary just as much, so we would recommend contacting 2-3 contractors and asking how much they charge per square foot for removal and installation of flooring. Depending on your square footage you might get a discount (usually for projects over 500 sq ft).
Example Formula To Calculate All Hardwood Flooring Costs
As an example, let’s say I’m replacing my carpeting with hardwood flooring. The hardwood I’m installing is $7.00 per square foot and I’m redoing my kitchen which is 250 square feet. A contractor has quoted me a flat $150 feet for ripping up and hauling away my used carpet, and will install the new hardwood flooring for $3 per square foot. Let’s figure materials first. $7 per square foot for the hardwood multiplied by 250 square feet, which equals $1,750. Add in 10% and the total for flooring materials comes to $1925.
For labor, $3 times 250 square feet equals $750. No need to add 10% here. Add in the removal and haul away for the carpeting and the total labor cost is $900.
The total flooring installation price will be the sum of $1,750 for the materials plus $900 for the labor therefore the estimated cost is $2,650 (plus applicable taxes).
If you don’t wish to do this all yourself, feel free to scroll up and try out our flooring installation calculator for yourself.