Though all of us have love and liking for the natural beauty of hardwood timber flooring, yet sometimes shy away from it because we suppose it to be very costly and might not be suiting the pocket. But how much does hardwood Timber Flooring Prices? Here’s what you really need to know.
How Much Does Timber Flooring Cost?
When you get quotes for timber flooring, you are likely to get one or of both kinds of quotes:
- A good timber flooring supplier will probably give you a linear meter quote.
- Timber flooring supplier/installers will most likely quote by the square meter or for the whole job.
In either case, the cost will vary depending on the type of timber you choose. The price of any timber species depends largely on its availability. As a rule, imported species cost more. Fortunately, we have many types of native hardwood in Newcastle Australia to choose from, but these can vary dramatically in price, too.
Choosing standard or select grades of timbers can make a big difference in price.
For example, standard grade Blackbutt overlay flooring can cost under $5.00 a linear metre (80mm wide by 13mm thick)*, whilst select grade Blackbutt can cost closer to $9.00 a linear metre (85mm wide by 19mm thick) or more.
The species you choose, too, will make a difference in its price. Standard grade overlay Jarrah, for example can cost approximately 20-25 percent more than a more readily available timber like Blackbutt or Tasmanian Oak.
When you get quotes for supply/install, Our quotes will depend on the timber you choose to be installed. Also the installers hourly rates, the floor polish to be used and the conditions of the job. The hourly rates of timber floor installers can range between $25 and $50 per hour*, but make your base on the cost of the entire job rather than an hourly rate. An installer who charges more per hour may be better equipped and more experienced than one who charges less and thus able to finish the job more quickly and efficiently.
When you get quotes for timber flooring, do not consider only the costs, but also consider the experience and reputation of the installer. A polished hardwood floor looks fine when finished. But that should not be the only criterion, as the finished floor should continue to be in the same look for a considerable period of time. Laying timber floors requires skill and expertise in the execution of work. Only an experienced craftsman will work in the manner to save the timber from the defect of contracting or expanding without buckling or creating large gaps between the floorboards. The floor has to be smoothly sanded and polished. These things require skill. The only way you will know that you will get the results you want is to ask to see examples of the timber flooring installers past work and get referrals.
Finally, be sure that your floor installer is licensed and insured. At the very least, they should hold public liability insurance that protects you in the case of an accident or mishap. If you hire an uninsured tradie, you always run the risk of being held responsible for any injury or some accident occurring inadvertantly.
*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.