Hardwood flooring is one of the most popular flooring options available. But the cost is often the #1 concern of customers looking to purchase hardwood flooring.
At Floor Coverings International, our customer’s concern is our concern. That’s why we’ve worked hard to keep our hardwood flooring costs low and pass the savings on to you. But we know it’s helpful to understand why your hardwood flooring products cost what they do. So we’ve broken down the three biggest factors affecting the cost of hardwood flooring: species, style, and finish.
There are several factors that affect the final cost of your hardwood floor. Understanding these factors can give you a lot of control over the hardwood flooring cost estimate you end up with and enable you to put your money towards what matters to you. The top factors affecting the price are:
The Species of Wood
There are dozens of species of wood to choose from when selecting your hardwood floor. The species you choose will have the single biggest impact of price on the final hardwood flooring product. The price of a species of wood is affected by things such as the availability, accessibility, and popularity of the wood you choose. Asking a flooring expert like the professionals at Floor Coverings International can give you insights into which species are the best to meet your flooring needs.
A clear example of this price factor can be seen with two different varieties of cherry hardwood. A popular option for hardwood flooring, it comes in American Cherry and Brazilian Cherry. Although both are cherry wood, there is a noticeable price difference between the species. Brazilian Cherry is more expensive than the American variety, in part because it has to be imported to the United States from South America. Understanding the effect wood species can have on price can prepare you when it comes time to determine your final hardwood flooring cost.
Solid Wood Style vs. Engineered Wood Style
This is another factor that will impact the price of the final flooring product. Solid wood flooring is made entirely of a selected species of wood. It is the traditional wood flooring option you’ll see and is probably the one you think of when you think of hardwood flooring.
Engineered wood flooring is a newer phenomenon that has a direct impact on the cost of your hardwood flooring. Engineered hardwood uses a thin veneer of a species of hardwood to provide an authentic hardwood surface layer. This surface layer is no different than a traditional hardwood floor.
Beneath the surface layer, however, is where the difference lies. Engineered wood floors have a core made of plywood as opposed to being made entirely of a hardwood species. This plywood core is very stable and is one of the stronger features of this flooring option. It is also less expensive to produce than a solid hardwood core.
Engineered wood flooring is less expensive than traditional solid hardwood floors. Some customers prefer the latter over the former, but know that whichever one you choose will have a noticeable impact on the cost of your hardwood floor.
Prefinished Wood vs. Unfinished Wood
The “finish” with respect to hardwood flooring refers to the final protective layer applied to the surface of the flooring product. The process also includes sanding the hardwood floor. You’ll have two options in this category when you choose hardwood flooring: prefinished/factory finished hardwood flooring, or unfinished hardwood flooring.
Both of these options have their advantages. Unfinished hardwood flooring provides a greater level of consistency and customization as you have your installer finish the wood on-site. But when you’re considering a hardwood flooring cost comparison, this is where prefinished wood has the advantage. Applying the finish at the factory saves on hardwood flooring labor costs, which ultimately saves you money. When choosing between the two options, price is a serious consideration to take into account before making your decision.
Floor Coverings International offers consistently low prices on all of our hardwood flooring products. To learn more about how we can match you with the perfect hardwood flooring, contact us today for a free on-site consultation!