Start with the subfloor
When you are trying to create a budget for buying hardwood floors, it's wise to count all of the costs involved, not just the flooring itself. You will need the proper subflooring to install your wood floors. If you already have a sturdy subfloor and it's in good shape, then you don't need to worry.
However, if you need to make repairs to your subfloor before installing new flooring, it can run up your costs a bit. Avoid installing hardwood flooring onto a concrete subfloor. This installation could cause future problems and won't adhere as well as it does when wood is used underneath the flooring.
Flooring cost per square foot
Cost depends largely on two factors: how much flooring you need for your space and which type of hardwood you choose. Generally, the price of hardwood flooring is measured by the square foot. Estimate roughly $5 on the low end per square foot and $8 to $12 per square foot on the high end.
Installation and additional charges
The estimate for hardwood flooring includes the price of wood and materials, but possibly not the actual installation. Installation charges could add an additional $3 to $7 per square foot.
Unforeseen fees could also crop up for removing a damaged or old, existing floor, the moving or removal of furniture, and subfloor replacement or repair. It's best to talk with a flooring expert and let him or her know your specific situation to provide you with a proper estimate, so you have a good idea what to expect.
Consider the extra essentials like trim, molding, transitions, and other finishing touches to your floor.
Maintenance and care
Forget buying an expensive vacuum with lots of attachments. All you need to care for your hardwood floor is a few simple items: a good broom, a soft dust mop to grab pet hair or dust, and a soft sponge for cleaning.
Use water or a mixture of water and vinegar to mop your floor naturally, and polish it dry with cleaning cloths. Use throw rugs in high traffic areas to prevent wear and tear and put pads on the bottom of furniture pieces to prevent dents or damage. Avoid chemical cleaners if at all possible.
Bring the beauty of hardwood flooring into your home and get the best price available for the wood you want. Contact Gowdy Flooring today at (806) 353-6226 to find out about our products and the services we offer. Browse our website to find out more About Us and our company and drop us an email with questions, comments, or concerns. Stop by our showroom at 5205 S. Coulter Street in Amarillo, Texas and talk with a professional about your flooring needs.