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Hardwood flooring comes in many different forms, styles and required installation methods. So, the installation costs associated with installing your hardwood floors will vary depending upon the type of product you choose.

For instance, some hardwood flooring is installed using nails, some by glue, and some hardwood floors are considered “floating floors” in that they are not fully attached to the subfloor beneath them.

The graphic above illustrates an average range of labor costs for the various types of work that may be necessary in an install. Use this as a guide to help you determine hardwood flooring installation costs for your project. You may also find our handy dandy cost estimator useful for this exercise as well.

Factors that Affect Hardwood Flooring Installation Labor Costs

When planning for your project, consider the following. Taking these factors into account will help you to get a more accurate estimation of what labor costs will be necessary to complete the installation. 

  • the type or condition of the subfloor
  • whether or not an existing floor may need to be removed prior to installation
  • if you choose to install decorative items such as medallions or borders.  

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Location, location, location


It's also important to note that labor costs will vary by location as well.

Some locations have higher rates for hardwoods and for labor than others.

You must also consider the location of the jobsite. If in a multi-story building where the jobsite may not be on the ground floor, tools and materials must be brought up elevators and down hallways.


Waste disposal

Furthermore, there will always be some waste disposal required for the installation, and that can vary based upon factors such as whether other existing flooring may need to be removed.   



Getting a proper scope of the details associated with your particular hardwood flooring project, and having a fair understanding of the labor costs necessary to meet the requirements of the installation will give you a more comprehensive view of what the final costs of your hardwood floors will be.  Having a good idea of what the labor cost for your hardwood flooring installation will also help you when deciding which contractor is right for your particular wood flooring project.


Ways to Save on Your Hardwood Flooring Installation Costs

Consider if you are handy enough to install your own.  This has the potential to save  you thousands of dollars.   It's worth considering.   


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