Whether you are house proud or not, flooring is an important part of your property. The decision of whether to go for soft carpet or hard wood is a tricky one. However, if wooden flooring is the route you would like to take, continue reading for our guide to what wooden flooring could cost you.
On average, in the UK, wooden flooring will cost around £30 per square metre to buy. On top of that, you must factor in installation costs if you are looking at hiring someone to do it for you.
Why choose wooden flooring?
The number one reason for choosing wooden flooring is that it is aesthetically pleasing. When installed properly, it can look stunning and finishes off your home nicely.
Additionally, if you have allergy sufferers in your household or hair-shedding pets, wooden flooring is a great idea. It is much easier to keep clean than carpet as the dust and hair sits on top rather than being pushed into the fibres.
How much will the flooring cost?
Laminate flooring is much cheaper than real wood flooring. Essentially, it is MDF with a photographic image of real wood grain stuck to the surface. Laminate flooring comes in many wood effects and colours. It is even possible to buy a parquet effect version. Laminate flooring costs between £8 and £18 per square metre depending on the type, its quality and thickness. Underlay is essential for laminate flooring and costs from just £2.50 per square metre. Many people install laminate flooring themselves due to the low cost of replacing a section if it is not done correctly. However, if you are keen to employ someone to do it for you, it would set you back between £8 and £10 per square metre. Some installers prefer to charge a standard daily rate of around £150.
Solid or real wood flooring is more expensive, for obvious reasons. Costs differ depending on what you want, but you will be looking at between £30 and £60 per square metre on average. Installation costs are additional. At roughly £45 per square metre, the costs are significantly more than those of laminate flooring.
What affects the cost of installation?
Type of flooring – there are many different types of flooring that you can choose from. Depending on what your room is used for may help you choose what type of wood and quality floor to choose.
Subfloor quality – if the floor underneath is not level or has lumps and bumps, it is likely that the installation of the flooring will be more challenging. Therefore, this can impact upon the price. Occasionally, when removing the existing floor covering, problems can be unearthed. Mould can be a major issue and may require additional work.
Type of flooring – if you have your heart set on a complex type of flooring, this will take longer to install. A herringbone or other complex pattern requires extra time and a lot more patience.
Furniture moving – installers will charge for moving furniture. If you have a large room containing a lot of furniture, it will be a challenge to move everything around allowing for the installation to take place.
How long does installation of wooden flooring take?
The length of time it takes from start to finish of your flooring project will depend on the size of your room, the complexity of the flooring design and the experience level of your chosen workers. Be prepared to have the flooring sitting in your house for around a week while the work is undertaken. This will allow the wood to acclimatise to your home’s air. This helps to prevent any cracking or expansion, which would be unsightly.
How can I save money on my wooden floor installation?
Choose wisely – are you certain that the flooring you have chosen is absolutely necessary? If you would be happy to have a slightly cheaper version, go for that. You could save yourself a lot of money this way.
Move your own furniture – rather than relying on the workers to carry the furniture from one room to another, why not ask friends and family members to support you in moving it? This can reduce the cost significantly.
Remove the existing flooring – if you currently have carpet, take it up yourself relying on the workers doing it. This does not take much time or effort, but all the time your workers account for adds up. However, if you have existing wooden flooring, it is advised that you allow the installers to remove it to prevent damage being done to the subfloor. In fact, this could then result in you needing to pay out more to rectify the issues.
DIY – do it yourself! Although it might seem like a huge undertaking, if you have plenty of time and patience, you may be able to lay the flooring yourself. Perhaps, you have a friend or family member who could support you. However, if you are in any doubt whatsoever, it would be best to call in the professionals. They know what they are doing and can probably complete the job to a much higher quality and in less time.