Written by Craig B

Flooring Installation Costs 2021

If you are wondering how much your flooring installation will cost per sq. ft. of your home or business in 2021, this post should help! Here we all different types of flooring and their cost per sq. ft. to install.

What Can You Expect to Spend on Flooring Installation?

Flooring installation generally costs anywhere between $1,500 to $4,500 but low-end flooring can also be installed for around $200 while high-end flooring can go as high as $10,000. Residents of the US spend around $3,000 on flooring installation on average.

Flooring Options and Costs

As mentioned earlier, homeowners report an average cost of approximately $3,000 to install flooring, with average costs ranging from as low as $200 to be as exorbitant as $10,000 and this is because of the varying flooring materials, types and qualities of flooring options available for installation. Installing durable flooring may come at a considerable financial cost but consider it a long-term investment that will provide protection and character to your home, and might just last as long as the house does itself. What you can expect to spend depends greatly on the type of flooring you’re after and your reason for installing it. Are you after something that you can clean easily? Are you after something that won’t attract particular allergens? Or is it more important that the flooring reflects your character and the character of your home? And that’s not all; deciding on material is only the first step in estimating costs, which will also depend on the quality of the material you intend to use and installation charges. Some floorings are easily installed while others require more expertise and hence, cost more.

Wood Flooring Cost

When it comes to wood flooring, you can either purchase solid wood flooring or engineered wood flooring. Solid wood floors are about 3/4inches in thickness and come in raw and pre-finished states. This is good quality flooring with purchase costs sitting at the higher end of the range.

Engineered wood flooring, on the other hand, costs less as it comprises of a 1/8 inches thick solid wood top layer sitting on several layers of plywood. Maple, cherry and oak woods are all popular choices for top layers. This type of flooring is cost-efficient and can be made to look like solid wood flooring through refinishing. Refinishing, however, scrapes away some layers off the surface each time, reducing their lifespan and making engineered wood floors less durable than solid wood floors.

Cost

Installing wood flooring over an area of 1,000 square feet will put you back about $8,000. Many homeowners go for wood floors in certain rooms rather than the entire house to save on cost. Most popular choices of rooms to put wood flooring in are living/drawing rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms, all of which add up to a combined average area of 550 square feet. Having wood flooring installed in only certain rooms can bring your costs down by half to about $4,400, costing you $8-$10/square-foot.

Factors Affecting Cost

Purchase and installation costs will vary based on a number of factors.

  • The type and quality of wood being used
  • Travel and transport costs. Transporting goods and manpower will cost more if you live in a remote area.
  • Having the floors installed around existing electrical frames, plumbing and HVAC or other systems.
  • Old houses might have traces of hazardous materials like lead or asbestos which the house will need to be tested for and the materials abated.
  • Supervision of a general contractor will cost you an added 15%-23% of the total cost.
  • Sales tax on raw material and purchased items
  • You might be required to acquire permits or have inspections carried out by authorities, all of which will cost.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Wood is timeless and welcoming, with a classic look.
  • Matching furniture to wood flooring is easier because of its neutral color.
  • Wood flooring is great during cold weather as it retains warmth due to its insulating nature.
  • With proper maintenance and care, wood floors can last a very long time. Some wood floors existing today were laid out hundreds of years ago.
  • Easy maintenance.
  • Easy to sand and refinish multiple times to bring new life to the floor, whereas a carpet may have to be replaced every few years or so.
  • Ideal for people with allergies as dust and allergens don’t get trapped in the wood.

Cons

  • Easily affected by humidity and moisture. Exposure to water even from small leaks will cause considerable damage if not treated.
  • Unsuitable for bathrooms and laundry rooms due to the harmful effect moisture has on wood.
  • Wood flooring is susceptible to bending and may pop up if laid out on an uneven substructure. This will need to be checked for and rectified before installation, involving additional costs.
  • Certain wood finishes scratch easily, however, as a rule of thumb, finishes that get scratched easily can be easily repaired as well. Finishes like polyurethane that aren’t easily scratched need to be completely refinished if they do get scratched to restore their look.
  • Noisy and creaky. Putting a rug on the floor does help to reduce the creaking.

Learn more about Hardwood flooring installation cost.

Wood Flooring Installation Cost Per Sq. Ft.

When it comes of wood, there are a lot of different kinds, so there are a lot of different kinds of wood flooring as well, each bringing its own character and appearance to your home. It’s very important to consider and compare samples before making a purchase, as some woods may sit well with the design of your house and some may not. Below are the most common wood floors purchased by homeowners and their primary characteristics:

  • Maple: Hard structure. Colors range from creamy white to pale red. ($4.00 – $8.50 ft2)
  • White Ash: Sturdy and long-lasting with a bold grain. Not easily stained. Normally pale yellow in color. ($3.30 – $7.00 ft2)
  • Hickory: Long-lasting, with a hard structure. Reddish-brown in color with irregular patterns. ($3.20 – $6.70 ft2)
  • Red Oak: Tight structure with distinguishable grain ideal for staining and to be made into cutting boards. Reddish color. ($3.00 – $6.50 ft2)
  • Brazilian Cherry: Vibrant with a coarse texture, but easily scratched. Comes in an exotic reddish-brown color making it a popular choice. ($4.00 – $8.00 ft2)
  • Cork: Scratch, moisture, dent, fire and other common damage resistant. Good insulator has a soft texture and is renewable. Comes in neutral light brown colors. ($2.00 – $10.00 ft2)

Styles of Wood Flooring

When you’ve decided on raw material, you can direct your attention to the style choices. There is a lot to choose from.

  • To achieve a rustic look familiar to country homes, consider distressed wide-plank flooring.
  • For an environmentally friendly choice, consider reclaimed wood from old buildings. Reclaimed wood brings with it a sense of history to complement your home.
  • For an indulgent contemporary look, consider ebonized hardwood. This flooring is made out of a choice of dark hardwood complemented by a glossy black finish.
  • To achieve a fun jigsaw effect ideal for children’s rooms and game rooms, or just as a conversation starter in living rooms, consider puzzle cut flooring.
  • An expensive but indulgent option is parquetry. This kind of flooring transcends the regular flooring category to become an art-form, with intrinsic geometric patterns and mosaics crafted out of a selection of wood. The flooring could be as simple as a particular pattern repeating itself across the room, or as elaborate as a unique geometric pattern created from wood over the entire floor.
  • Similar to parquetry, marquetry also uses wood to create art but is more common on furniture than on floors. More expensive than parquetry, a skilled woodworker creates pictures rather than just geometric patterns, crafting exclusive artwork and treating the entirety of the floor as their canvas.

Laminate Flooring Installation Cost

This is a cheaper alternative to the flooring it imitates, be it tile, stone or wood, or of which are costly raw materials and also cost more to install. These are commercial floorings targeted at high-traffic areas or homeowners who want a durable floor that imitates the look and feel of tile, stone, or wood flooring without the high costs involved.

Cost

Laying down laminate flooring on an area of 500 ft2 costs around $2,800 on average, which breaks down to approximately $5.60/ft2. This means that installing laminate flooring in smaller rooms like laundry rooms and bathrooms may cost around $700 while the cost may rise up to $6,000 for bigger rooms.

Factors Affecting Cost

As expected, costs will vary based on a number of factors:

  • Laminate thickness (the thicker the laminate, the more it will cost)
  • Quality of the laminate. Some laminates do an impeccable job of imitating expensive materials while others provide a passing resemblance.

Other factors affecting cost are the same as those discussed in wood flooring. These are quite universal and independent of the kind of flooring being installed:

  • Travel and transport costs. Transporting goods and manpower will cost more if you live in a remote area.
  • Having the floors installed around existing electrical frames, plumbing and HVAC or other systems.
  • Old houses might have traces of hazardous materials like lead or asbestos which the house will need to be tested for and the materials abated.
  • Supervision of a general contractor will cost you an added 15%-23% of the total cost.
  • Sales tax on raw material and purchased items
  • You might be required to acquire permits or have inspections carried out by authorities, all of which will cost.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Long-lasting and durable. Most manufacturers offer a warranty on laminates, covering as much as 15-30 years after purchase.
  • Easy maintenance, and easy to clean. Laminate floors are also resistant to dents, physical damages, and stains.
  • Since this is artificial flooring, it’s close to perfect in how it looks, with little imperfections.
  • Existing floors don’t need to be taken out for it to be installed.
  • Can be purchased in a number of different colors and patterns, allowing you to match the look and color of your floor to your furniture, rather than the other way around, which is normally the case with original material floors.

Cons

  • Even with the addition of a foam underlayment, laminate floors are generally hard underfoot.
  • Doesn’t increase the resale value to the house, whereas original material flooring would.
  • Can be slippery. However, non-slippery laminates are now becoming readily available in the market.
  • In case of damage, the damaged area will have to be replaced as laminate flooring can’t be refinished or sanded to restore its look.

Types of Laminate Flooring

The appeal of laminate flooring is that it can imitate any material you would normally use on the floor. The price of laying down laminate flooring will vary based on the quality, colors, and design of the laminate being purchased. Since there are a variety of options available, it’s wise to obtain samples and determine what works and what doesn’t. As mentioned earlier, below are the most frequently purchased laminate floors:

  • Wood: By far the most popular, owing to the popularity of wood floors in general. Can imitate any type of wood and wood pattern without using actual wood and affecting the environment. Like all laminate floors, it’s durable and long-lasting, making it a green cost-effective choice.
  • Stone: This is another popular pattern on laminate floors. Patterns generally range from basic shapes to irregular interlocks giving the laminate a more natural look.
  • Tile: Tile patterned laminates are also a popular choice among homeowners, as they can give be textured to provide an authentic look and feel.

Styles of Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is available only in planks and tiles. Tiles may be a solid color or patterned with interlocking edges and are glued into place. Planks come in rectangular shapes and fit into place without the need to be glued or nailed.

Laminates, especially wood laminates, come in four primary styles:

  • Distressed: Distressed wood laminates look imperfect which is intentionally done to imbue an authentic feel.
  • Hand-Scraped: When applied to distressed wood laminates, this technique provides an old rustic feel to the pattern.
  • Embossed: Laminates can be embossed to give them a close-to-authentic feel of the materials they are mimicking. Embossed wood laminates will be grainy, stone laminates coarse, and tile laminates will be smooth and glossy (textures vary based on the type of wood, stone or tile being mimicked).
  • Stone: Stone laminates can be made to look and feel like any kind of stone. They can be rough to give a rustic feel or smooth and polished for an indulgent feel.

Vinyl and Linoleum Flooring Installation Cost

With low material and labor costs, vinoleum and vinyl flooring are among the most cost-efficient options in the market, ideal for homeowners on a tight budget. Similar to laminate flooring, they can be made to mimic original flooring materials like stone, wood, and tile. If purchased in squares they are fairly easy to apply and can save you the cost of hiring a contractor.

Vinyl & Linoleum Cost Per Sq. Ft.

Sitting at the lower end of the budget spectrum, installing vinyl flooring generally costs between $2.50-$3.30/ft2 and linoleum flooring costs around $3.30-$4.20/ft2. Installing vinyl flooring is fairly cheap as it can be purchased in easy-to-install tiles, eliminating the need of having to contract the installation out. Linoleum flooring can also be installed by homeowners themselves, but it involves making the right cuts so it perfectly fits the shape of the room, hence requiring more knowledge for application than vinyl flooring.

Factors Affecting Cost

Costs will vary depending on the following factors:

  • Vinyl flooring requires a smooth surface. If the surface it’s being installed on isn’t smooth, a layer of plywood will need to be added underneath so that vinyl flooring sticks easily.
  • Linoleum flooring requires sealing after installation, and the sealer needs to be re-applied on an annual basis so that the floor retains its finish.

Other factors affecting cost are the same as those discussed for other types of flooring above:

  • Travel and transport costs. Transporting goods and manpower will cost more if you live in a remote area
  • Having the floors installed around existing electrical frames, plumbing and HVAC or other systems.
  • Old houses might have traces of hazardous materials like lead or asbestos which the house will need to be tested for and the materials abated.
  • Supervision of a general contractor will cost you an added 15%-23% of the total cost.
  • Sales tax on raw material and purchased items
  • You might be required to acquire permits or have inspections carried out by authorities, all of which will cost.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Quite affordable and cost-efficient.
  • Can be applied without acquiring the services of a contractor.
  • Comfortable feel.
  • Available in a number of patterns and solid colors.
  • Easy maintenance on a day-to-day basis. Require general mopping and sweeping only.
  • Linoleum flooring is made from renewable as well as natural raw materials, hence is biodegradable.

Cons

  • Being a petroleum-based, vinyl flooring is frowned upon as it isn’t environmentally friendly.
  • They can be easily damaged as they’re both soft materials.
  • Vinyl flooring with a PVC-base may off-gas for some time after application.
  • Linoleum flooring may give off linseed oil odor for some weeks after application.
  • If proper maintenance isn’t carried out, both materials will age badly and look terrible after some time.

Types of Vinyl & Linoleum Flooring

Vinyl and linoleum are similar and frequently mistaken for one another. Linoleum is much older than vinyl and is being used since the 1860s; it’s manufactured from hardened linseed oil. Vinyl, on the other hand, was invented in 1926 as a result of experimentation on new ways of manufacturing PVC. On vinyl, patterns are printed on the surface and don’t go through the material, while patterns on linoleum go all the way through, which is the primary difference between these materials. Because of this, linoleum flooring is slightly more durable than vinyl, but vinyl is popular because of its easy and cheap installation.

Styles of Vinyl/Linoleum Flooring

Available in a variety of textures, linoleum and vinyl flooring can be purchased in a choice of three primary styles:

  • Sheet: Sheet linoleum is more common than sheet vinyl, and requires some knowledge of the application to make the right cuts. Sheet flooring is generally installed in large standard-shaped rooms as installation becomes difficult and complicated in smaller, irregular rooms.
  • Tile: Vinyl is often available in tiles, linoleum less often. These can be easily cut and installed.
  • Plank: Flooring imitating wood can be purchased in planks to give it an original feel. High-end planks are very difficult to tell apart from the original thing.

Carpeting Installation Cost Per Sq. Ft. 

Although not as cost-effective as vinyl and linoleum, carpeting still finds itself at the lower end of the budget spectrum. Prices vary and can rise, depending on the area being covered, the quality of the carpet being laid down, its thickness, and fiber density. Carpets woven from natural fibers will also be more expensive than those woven from synthetic fibers due to their quality and lack of unavailability as compared to their synthetic counterparts. Certain stores advertise free installation, but more often than not, this cost has already been adjusted in the price of the carpet.

Cost

Because of the expansive variety and the large number of carpet manufacturers, all selling products at different price points, it becomes difficult to determine the average cost of purchase. Homeowners, on average, spend around $2.00/ft2, which adds up to $3.50/ft2 with installation costs.

Factors Affecting Cost

The two major factors affecting cost are the price of the carpet and the area that needs to be carpeted. Installation charges are also a considerable factor as they cover not just labor costs but also other installation essentials like adhesive tack strips to hold the carpet firmly to the ground, and carpet padding to make the carpet more comfortable. Carpet paddings aren’t essential but are a popular choice among homeowners.

Installation will also involve the use of a carpet stretcher to ensure the carpet isn’t loose and doesn’t have airgaps. Large rooms require a power stretcher for this purpose. Additionally, a single carpet may not be big enough to cover a large room, in which case more pieces will need to be precisely cut, laid down, and joined with concealed seams.

Other factors affecting cost are the same as those discussed for other types of flooring above:

  • Travel and transport costs. Transporting goods and manpower will cost more if you live in a remote area
  • Having the floors installed around existing electrical frames, plumbing and HVAC or other systems.
  • Old houses might have traces of hazardous materials like lead or asbestos which the house will need to be tested for and the materials abated.
  • Supervision of a general contractor will cost you an added 15%-23% of the total cost.
  • Sales tax on raw material and purchased items
  • You might be required to acquire permits or have inspections carried out by authorities, all of which will cost.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Don’t require much maintenance. Only need to be regularly vacuumed and occasionally shampooed.
  • Stain resistant carpets are gaining popularity. However, sponging up spills without delay is advisable to avoid odors and fungi growth.
  • Good insulators that retain heat during winters and prevent quick heating up during summers.
  • Good noise dampeners, great for bedrooms.

Cons

  • Highly absorbent and will retain moisture. This could result in the growth of fungi and bacteria.
  • Carpet fibers are insect, allergen and dust magnets.
  • Will retain foul odors in homes with pets, if pets discharge on the carpet. Even a quick cleanup might not prevent the odor from lingering.
  • Continuous exposure to water or even dampness will eventually destroy the carpet completely. Exposure will also result in fungi growth and molds, which are health hazards.

Types of Carpet Material/Fibers Cost Per Sq. Ft.

Carpets are made of natural or synthetic fibers. The fibers used can be long, short, or a combination of both; buyers can also choose from woven or straight fiber carpets. Some carpets are comprised of looped fibers resulting in a spongy comfortable feel, while some are cut for an indulgently plush sensation. Following are the most common types of fibers used in carpets:

  • Wool: Long-lasting and durable. Easily stained. Most costly of all options, costs around $50/square yard
  • Nylon: Cheaper than wool but equally durable. Nylon is stain-resistant. Costs around $27/square yard
  • Polyester: Has a soft feel, but loses on durability. Is cheaper than wool and nylon, costing about $11/square yard
  • Olefin: Ideal for commercial usage, and for application in heavy traffic areas. Generally cheaper than other options, costing around $9/square yard
  • Acrylic: Moisture resistant and prevents fungi and mold growth. Ideal for laundry rooms, and bathrooms. It’s very common to find bathroom mats made out of acrylic fiber. Costs around $10/square yard

For carpets, price quotes are commonly given in square foot, but unlike other types of flooring, it’s sold by the square yard. 9ft2 equal 1 square yard.

Styles of Carpets

Carpets come in four primary styles, each of which can vary in price based on their patterns, color, and quality. Shopping around is the best way to work out prices and decide on what you need.

  • Patterned Carpet: A combination of looped and cut fibers are woven together to create a carpet with subtle patterns and a solid tone.
  • Shag: Made out of thick, long fibers. Popular in uniform colors, or in a blend of colors.
  • Plush: Made out of dense, cut fibers, mimicking the appearance of a manicured lawn.
  • Frieze: Made out of twisted fibers resulting in a soft feel. Not as thick as shag carpets.

Tile Flooring Installation Cost Per Sq. Ft. 

Popular among homeowners, tile flooring comes in a variety of materials like marble, stone, ceramic at varying price points. Mass produced tiles sit at the lower end of the price spectrum while prices for bespoke and artist-sculpted tiles can go incredibly high. The price difference between to differently priced tiles may not look considerable on a per-unit examination but can add up to a massive difference due to the sheer number of tiles being laid out, so always assess the cost of the whole project rather than the per-unit cost of tiles. Tile installation is an extensive process and the installation itself can end up costing you more than the tiles themselves.

Cost

Prices sit at two opposite ends of the budget spectrum, with something available for all budgets. They can be purchased as cheap as $0.60/ft2, which is what ceramic tiles will normally cost you, or as costly as $1,000,000/10ft2, the cost of extravagant Lux Touch tiles; each tile is embellished with 95 diamonds, agate, mother of pearl and other precious stones.

Factors Affecting Cost

As stated earlier, there are tiles for every budget, from the basic to the lavish. Mass produced tiles can be incredibly cheap while those sculped by artist or colored by hand will be rather expensive. What grants a tile its value is the availability of raw material and time and effort that goes into crafting it. Clay, for instance, is common and inexpensive, so are clay tiles while granite tiles are more expensive as granite is found only in certain areas.

Other factors affecting cost are the same as those discussed for other types of flooring above:

  • Travel and transport costs. Transporting goods and manpower will cost more if you live in a remote area
  • Having the floors installed around existing electrical frames, plumbing and HVAC or other systems.
  • Old houses might have traces of hazardous materials like lead or asbestos which the house will need to be tested for and the materials abated.
  • Supervision of a general contractor will cost you an added 15%-23% of the total cost.
  • Sales tax on raw material and purchased items
  • You might be required to acquire permits or have inspections carried out by authorities, all of which will cost.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Varying prices, suitable for all budgets.
  • Can be used anywhere, living rooms, laundry rooms, bedrooms, and even outdoors.
  • Little and Easy maintenance.
  • Has a contemporary feel; doesn’t look out-of-date.
  • Ideal for use in conjunction with underfloor heating.
  • Non-toxic and long-lasting.
  • Doesn’t attract allergens.
  • Easy to clean.

Cons

  • Can get quite cold during winters if not used in conjunction with underfloor heating.
  • Difficult to install.
  • Is not a good sound dampener; tends to amplify sounds to an extent.
  • Slipping hazard when wet.
  • Can be damaged or broken by falling heavy objects; difficult repairing if damaged.

Types of Tiles Cost Per Sq. Ft.

Tiles can be made of a variety of materials, in fact, there are very few materials tiles can’t be made out of. Some of the most frequently purchased are:

  • Ceramic tiles – cost $1.30/ft2
  • Slate tiles – cost $3/ft2
  • Porcelain tiles – cost $3.75/ft2
  • Travertine tiles – cost $4/ft2
  • Limestone tiles – cost $5/ft2
  • Granite tiles – cost $6/ft2
  • Quartz tiles – cost $6.50/ft2
  • Marble tiles – cost $7.50/ft2

Styles of Tiles

There is an endless selection of colors, patterns, designs, and finishes when it comes to tiles. Textured and smooth, solid colored and patterned, dark and light colored, matte and glossy; there’s a style and finish for everyone and to suit every home. Considering a few samples can open up new possibilities and give you unique design ideas for your home.

Additional Flooring Options

With an abundance of options, stone, brick, ceramic, cork, bamboo, poured resin and countless others, there’s no best or worst flooring, only what works for you and suits your needs and requirements with precision. Whether it’s the living room you need to be surfaced, or your drive way, do some research and compare different flooring options, weighing pros and cons of each before reaching a decision. It’s very possible that you may have initially intended on something but end up discovering a better option during the course of your shopping. You may find that using a combination of floorings rather than a single flooring may work better in some rooms. At the end of the day, it’s your home, so don’t hesitate to get creative with it.

Urban Customs Is A Flooring Installer In Phoenix, Arizona

Urban Customs offers all types of flooring installation in Phoenix, Arizona, including Wood flooring, stone flooring, laminate flooring and bamboo flooring. Request a free flooring installation quote from Urban Customs to get started with your flooring installation project today.

Bamboo Flooring Pros and Cons
Written by Craig B

Bamboo Flooring Costs 2021

As homeowners everywhere search for alternatives to traditional hardwood, the bamboo flooring option continues to spike in popularity. This flooring is extremely tough and durable, making it a new favorite across American kitchens and bathrooms. Let’s take a look at bamboo flooring cost and the many benefits this option offers homeowners.

Bamboo Flooring Cost Breakdown

Of course, two costs will be associated with bamboo flooring: the actual purchase of the product plus installation. Flooring is typically priced by square footage, while installation goes by total area and labor costs. The average cost of materials will come to about $480 for a 125-square-foot area. Add in a typical $500 installation charge, and the total should come out just below $1,000. Average installation cost for a larger, 200-square-foot room is just over $1,500 total.

There are a numbers of factors that will affect the overall cost of installation. The pre-existing flooring that needs to be removed can offer challenges and a longer process for installers. Keep in mind the condition of your current flooring when trying to estimate expenses. Existing moldings and baseboards will result in higher installation costs. Generally, a sealant will be required post-installation for the bamboo flooring. The average cost of the sealant is $40.

Here’s a breakdown of bamboo flooring costs, per square footage:

  • Lowest cost: $1.49$2.99
  • Average cost: $2.19$5.00
  • Highest cost: $3.59$7.68

Benefits Of Bamboo Flooring

First and foremost, this is an eco-friendly choice for flooring. Bamboo plants can regenerate in as little as 5 years. Hardwood trees can take more than 30 years to fully regenerate. Bamboo is readily available, and will not impact the ongoing destruction of rainforests all throughout the world. It’s a flooring option that you can truly feel good about! Durability, as mentioned before, is a main benefit of bamboo flooring. This durability is a big reason why bamboo becomes so affordable over time. Installation is also a breeze. Professionals can quickly install bamboo, giving your home a new, breathtaking look. If that isn’t enough for you, it must be noted that this one is one of the lowest-maintenance flooring options on the market today. Unlike hardwood, bamboo may never need to be refinished because it is so durable. It is also moisture resistant, which is perfect for young families that may be prone to spills and accidents in the kitchen area.

To recap, here are a few bamboo flooring benefits:

  • Easy installation
  • Eco-friendly
  • Affordable
  • Bug resistant
  • Unique looking
  • Low maintenance

Free Bamboo Flooring Quote

If you live in the Phoenix, Arizona area, you can receive a FREE bamboo flooring quote by contacting Urban Customs today! Call them at 1.800.401.3690. Urban Customs proudly serves the entire Phoenix valley, inclduing Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise and more!

Bamboo Flooring Installation in Phoenix, Arizona 

Hardwood Flooring Pros and Cons

Bamboo flooring has more pros than cons and is a great choice for flooring installation or replacement. Urban Custom offers bamboo flooring installation in Phoenix, Arizona. If you are interested in receiving a free bamboo flooring quote anywhere in the Phoenix Valley, give Urban Customs a call today at 1.800.401.3690.We offer free bamboo flooring quotes to the entire Phoenix Valley including Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, and more.

How To Make Bamboo Floors Shine
Written by Brian B

How To Make Bamboo Floors Shine

Bamboo flooring is a wonderful option for today’s homeowners. However, it is up to you to keep this flooring in tip-top shape! If you are searching for “how to make bamboo floors shine,” this post is for you!

Cleaning Bamboo Floors

Make sure you take as many preventative steps as possible with your flooring. For instance, try to reduce traffic on the flooring as much as possible. Everyone knows that wear and tear is the number one enemy of bamboo flooring. Walking on bamboo constantly will introduce the surface to foreign dirt, dust and grease. It is recommended to simply take your shoes off whenever you walk across the bamboo.

Place rugs or carpets over the parts of the bamboo flooring that experiences the most foot traffic throughout the day. Also, be careful with any furniture that may be placed on the flooring. It won’t take much at all for heavier furniture to damage the bamboo. Invest in furniture padding to decrease the wear and tear on the floor.

Use this four-step guide to ensure your bamboo floor shines:

  • Polish bamboo flooring
  • Sweep regularly
  • Mop the floor
  • Finish with a hardwood cleaner

Polish Bamboo Flooring

Have a natural home cleaning solution handy when attempting to polish these floors. The cleaning process will start with polishing and finish with the use of a hardwood cleaner. Remove all dust, dirt, debris and grease completely before the shining. Follow these few steps to make your bamboo flooring shine.

Sweep Regularly

If your flooring experiences even a light amount of foot traffic, there will still be a lot of dirt and debris to clean up. The best way to perform this task is by sweeping it up. Although, using a vacuum for the cleanup can be useful, as well. Refrain from using a beater bar attachment while vacuuming, though. Make sure you go around and collect dust from all corners and crevices of the flooring area.

Mop The Floor

After you have swept or vacuumed thoroughly, the next step here involves a mop. Use vinegar for the mopping. Vinegar will clean the floor without harming the bamboo in any way. Mix one cup white vinegar with four cups of warm water to create the cleaning solution. Never use a steam mop on bamboo flooring, as this can warp the material.

Finish With A Hardwood Cleaner

It is possible to complete the cleaning process with a simple mopping, but if you want the floor to truly shine it’s worthwhile to finish with a hardwood cleaner. Always wear gloves when using this cleaner! Commercial hardwood cleaners will work well on bamboo surfaces. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using any type of hardwood cleaner. Protect yourself by wearing gloves and any other safety gear possible.

How To Clean Bamboo Floors

Routine Bamboo Floor Cleaning

Are you looking to keep your bamboo flooring in top shape throughout the years? Follow these steps to keep your bamboo flooring in the best shape possible:

Use The Right Cleaning Supplies

Before jumping into the cleaning, one must make sure they are armed with the right cleaning supplies. Bamboo style flooring is much different than other common types of flooring; therefore some specific supplies are needed for the task. Start by knowing exactly what bamboo strand type and the finish type you currently have. Vertical or horizontal strand bamboo, for example, tends to be softer than other strands, making it much easier to dent. With these particular strands, we can’t stress enough how careful one should be when moving furniture in preparation of cleaning.

Clean Spills And Scuffs Immediately

Be proactive by taking care of ordinary spills as soon as possible! Use a soft, dry cloth to clean up any accidents off the bamboo flooring. Afterwards, it is recommended to then wipe the spot with a fresh cloth, dampened with water. Dry the spot when the job is complete. Placing a rug around any sinks or areas prone to spills is recommended for homeowners choosing to lay bamboo flooring in their kitchen. Save yourself the hassle of cleaning by protecting this valuable surface. Always make sure to use the proper cleaning supplies when attacking a stain or spill. But, the good news is bamboo floors can be refinished, so all is not lost if you scuff the flooring.

Perform Routine Cleaning

As is the case with most floors, routine cleaning is suggested for bamboo flooring. Take the following preventative tips to keep your bamboo in the best shape possible for years to come. To protect the surface, try keeping any pets’ nails at a short length. Shoes walking across the flooring is not recommended on a regular basis. Refrain from using rubber or latex mats on the floor, as these can trap moisture. Sunlight can also fade bamboo flooring over time, so try not to keep furniture or other items in the same spots for long periods of time.

How Much Does Bamboo Flooring Cost?

Of course, two costs will be associated with bamboo flooring: the actual purchase of the product plus installation. Flooring is typically priced by square footage, while installation goes by total area and labor costs. The average cost of materials will come to about $480 for a 125-square-foot area. Add in a typical $500 installation charge, and the total should come out just below $1,000. Average installation cost for a larger, 200-square-foot room is just over $1,500 total.

There are a numbers of factors that will affect the overall cost of installation. The pre-existing flooring that needs to be removed can offer challenges and a longer process for installers. Keep in mind the condition of your current flooring when trying to estimate expenses. Existing moldings and baseboards will result in higher installation costs. Generally, a sealant will be required post-installation for the bamboo flooring. The average cost of the sealant is $40.

Here’s a breakdown of bamboo flooring costs, per square footage:

  • Lowest cost: $1.49$2.99
  • Average cost: $2.19$5.00
  • Highest cost: $3.59$7.68

Bamboo Flooring Cost

Bamboo Flooring Benefits

Here are a few bamboo flooring benefits:

  • Easy installation
  • Eco-friendly
  • Affordable
  • Bug resistant
  • Unique looking
  • Low maintenance

First and foremost, this is an eco-friendly choice for flooring. Bamboo plants can regenerate in as little as 5 years. Hardwood trees can take more than 30 years to fully regenerate. Bamboo is readily available, and will not impact the ongoing destruction of rainforests all throughout the world. It’s a flooring option that you can truly feel good about! Durability, as mentioned before, is a main benefit of bamboo flooring. This durability is a big reason why bamboo becomes so affordable over time. Installation is also a breeze. Professionals can quickly install bamboo, giving your home a new, breathtaking look. If that isn’t enough for you, it must be noted that this one is one of the lowest-maintenance flooring options on the market today. Unlike hardwood, bamboo may never need to be refinished because it is so durable. It is also moisture resistant, which is perfect for young families that may be prone to spills and accidents in the kitchen area.

Urban Customs Installs Hardwood Flooring In Phoenix, Arizona

At Urban Customs we offer all types of flooring installation in Phoenix, Arizona, including Wood flooring, stone flooring, laminate flooring, and bamboo flooring. Request a free flooring installation quote from Urban Customs today! Our address is 8050 N 19th Ave #127, Phoenix, AZ 85021.

Written by Craig B

Types Of Flooring For Your Home or Kitchen 2021

If you are searching for “types of flooring“, “types of flooring for homes“, or “types of flooring for kitchen“, this post should help! Learn to pick the right type of flooring by using this guide!

The flooring type that you pick can make a huge difference in the appearance and finishing of any project. A great looking flooring type can enhance the overall value of your home and can attract new customers. But, not all builders will know how to pick and install the right type of flooring. Keep reading to learn about the most popular types of flooring that are used by a home builder and learn how to pick the right type of flooring.

Ceramic Tile

When you need flooring that needs to be waterproof, then ceramic tile is going to be best. Ceramic tile can be used as countertops, floor tiles and anywhere indoors. There are some types of ceramic tiles that have a high gloss that will eventually scratch. Ceramic tiles that are unglazed will be the best for outdoor flooring because of standing water. Some of the most popular finishes that are available will be textured for anti-slip properties, glazed, embossed and matte. Ceramic tiles that are made from porcelain will be colored throughout the tile and will hide any damage or scratches easily. One of the biggest drawbacks is that the grout is hard to clean and any low-quality tiles chip.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is a favorite for a lot of people. Hardwood allows there to be durability and beauty that is hardly found in flooring materials. Hardwood will often come in Hickory, Walnut, Birch, Pine, Oak, Cherry, Beech, Pecan, Maple and many other types. This flooring type will provide a long-lasting flooring that is wear resistant that may be refinished if needed. But, there are some hardwood types that can darken with age and others may expand or shrink which will cause gaps in the flooring.

Laminate Flooring

This is the cheapest flooring type out there. It is easy to maintain, and it provides a durable and strong surface that can resist chipping, burns or scratches. It is a great solution for any high traffic area and can resemble any natural materials and there are a lot of designs and colors. But, laminate flooring can’t be refinished, and it can scratch easily. For installing in a high moisture room, be sure to get laminates for this. Laminate flooring has become really popular because it is much easier to install and maintain than other traditional flooring like hardwood.

Marble Flooring

Marble tiling will be a very versatile and durable flooring type. They can be used on flooring, hallway columns, and walls. The tiles are easy to clean and maintain. They can also be easy to engrave with designs and textures to fit your style. Marble tile is great in a foyer and will come in a lot of colors. Marble also has many variations and is often used for sculptures and as a building material, but it is mainly used for flooring. Tiles can come in many sizes, and stone flooring installation is easy.

Cork Flooring

If you are looking for a great choice for commercial spaces or play areas that need to have a comfortable flooring for standing and walking, then cork flooring is it. It is a bit expensive type of material, but it can even be as cheap as $1.25 per square foot, but as high as $7.00 per square foot based on the color and characteristics of material.

Linoleum

Linoleum is a great green flooring option. It is actually made from biodegradable, renewable linseed oil and cork powder, and that means there are no VOCs. It s a great flooring that comes a lot of colors and patterns, and it handles foot traffic really well.

It is also moisture resistant, but it can stain, so you want to ensure that the product that you purchase has a protective coating that handles spills and scratches.

Bamboo Flooring

One of most recent flooring types is going to be bamboo flooring, which may be a green solution whenever it is compared to other traditional materials for flooring. Bamboo is elegant, durable and has many colors which range from a light tan to a honey brown. It has a clean, strong surface but it may darken over time or when it is exposed to a lot of sunlight. Bamboo should not be allowed to sit with water on it. You can get manufactured bamboo flooring which is often made in planks that will have horizontal or vertical grain. In a vertical bamboo flooring, the pieces will be stood vertically on a narrow edge and then will be pressed side to side. This causes an almost uniformed look on the surface of the plan. For horizontal bamboo flooring, the planks are arranged horizontally on the wide edge and then joined side by side using a high-pressure system.

Urban Customs Is A Flooring Installer In Phoenix, Arizona

Urban Customs offers all types of flooring installation in Phoenix, Arizona, including: Wood flooring, stone flooring, laminate flooring and bamboo flooring. Request a free flooring installation quote from Urban Customs to get started with your flooring installation project today.

Hardwood Floor Installation Cost 2021
Written by Craig B

Hardwood Floor Installation Cost 2021

Wood floor installation costs range from $2,492 and $6,755  with a national average price of $4,540, according to HomeAdvisor. There are many different hardwood flooring types, so costs could fluctuate depending on your choice. Typically, hardwood floors will cost more than other common types, such as tile and laminate, but homeowners should see a bigger return on investment when selecting the hardwood option. Work with a professional installer like Urban Customs to best suit your flooring needs.

Wood Floor Installation Cost Per Square Foot

The first consideration for any homeowner on a budget is total area that needs to be covered by new flooring. Obviously, the larger the area, the higher the costs will be for both the flooring and overall labor. Continue reading for a full breakdown of costs per square foot for each type of wood flooring.

Traditional Wood Floors

Wood type and quality are crucial factors when determining total cost. Softwoods on the lower end of the spectrum generally run between $3 to $6 per square foot. Oak and cherry, two mid-priced wood flooring choices cost between $4 and $8 per square foot. More costly wood options like tigerwood and cypress come with price tags of $8 to $14 per square foot.

Engineered Wood Floor Cost

Engineered flooring on the lower end has three layers of wood veneer. Typically, these materials will cost merely $3 to $5 per square foot. An increased number of layers and a thicker veneer will cost $5 to $10 per square foot. The higher priced flooring with up to seven layers can cost between $8 to $13 per square foot. All labor costs should range between $3 to $10 per square foot installed.

Installation Costs

Of course, there will be a wide range of installation and labor costs. This is due to several reasons, including contractor experience, location and overall size of the flooring that needs to be installed. Other tasks may need to be performed before installation can actually take place. Furniture, carpet or removal of the old flooring will add labor time and costs onto the project. Make sure to contact the professionals to get an estimate before any installation process begins.

Hardwood Floor Installation Prices 

Always consider your way of life when finding the best flooring option for your home. Hardwood floors may not be the best choice for anyone living with multiple children and/or pets. Solid wood floors are more durable than hardwood floors, and may be the better option in this circumstance. Below is a list of average costs of several different flooring types.

  • Maple: $6–$11/sq. ft.
  • Pine: $4.50–$10/sq. ft.
  • Bamboo: $5–$11/sq. ft.
  • White Ash: $9–$13/sq. ft.
  • Hickory: $6–$13/sq. ft.
  • Red Oak: $8–$13/sq. ft.
  • Brazilian Walnut: $11–$20/sq. ft.

Other Flooring Types And Costs

Urban Customs Installs Hardwood Flooring In Phoenix, Arizona

At Urban Customs we offer all types of flooring installation in Phoenix, Arizona, including Wood flooring, stone flooring, laminate flooring, and bamboo flooring. Request a free flooring installation quote from Urban Customs today! Our address is 8050 N 19th Ave #127, Phoenix, AZ 85021.

How To Clean Bamboo Floors
Written by Brian B

How To Clean Bamboo Floors

Bamboo flooring is an increasingly popular choice among today’s homeowners. It’s beautiful and unique, which makes it very important to keep clean throughout the years. If you ae searching online for “how to clean bamboo floors,” then this post will surely help!

Cleaning Supplies

Before jumping into the cleaning, one must make sure they are armed with the right cleaning supplies. Bamboo style flooring is much different than other common types of flooring; therefore some specific supplies are needed for the task. Start by knowing exactly what bamboo strand type and the finish type you currently have. Vertical or horizontal strand bamboo, for example, tends to be softer than other strands, making it much easier to dent. With these particular strands, we can’t stress enough how careful one should be when moving furniture in preparation of cleaning.

Spills And Scuffs

Be proactive by taking care of ordinary spills as soon as possible! Use a soft, dry cloth to clean up any accidents off the bamboo flooring. Afterwards, it is recommended to then wipe the spot with a fresh cloth, dampened with water. Dry the spot when the job is complete. Placing a rug around any sinks or areas prone to spills is recommended for homeowners choosing to lay bamboo flooring in their kitchen. Save yourself the hassle of cleaning by protecting this valuable surface. Always make sure to use the proper cleaning supplies when attacking a stain or spill. But, the good news is bamboo floors can be refinished, so all is not lost if you scuff the flooring.

Routine Cleaning

As is the case with most floors, routine cleaning is suggested for bamboo flooring. Take the following preventative tips to keep your bamboo in the best shape possible for years to come. To protect the surface, try keeping any pets’ nails at a short length. Shoes walking across the flooring is not recommended on a regular basis. Refrain from using rubber or latex mats on the floor, as these can trap moisture. Sunlight can also fade bamboo flooring over time, so try not to keep furniture or other items in the same spots for long periods of time.

Benefits Of Bamboo Flooring

First and foremost, this is an eco-friendly choice for flooring. Bamboo plants can regenerate in as little as 5 years. Hardwood trees can take more than 30 years to fully regenerate. Bamboo is readily available, and will not impact the ongoing destruction of rainforests all throughout the world. It’s a flooring option that you can truly feel good about! Durability, as mentioned before, is a main benefit of bamboo flooring. This durability is a big reason why bamboo becomes so affordable over time. Installation is also a breeze. Professionals can quickly install bamboo, giving your home a new, breathtaking look. If that isn’t enough for you, it must be noted that this one is one of the lowest-maintenance flooring options on the market today. Unlike hardwood, bamboo may never need to be refinished because it is so durable. It is also moisture resistant, which is perfect for young families that may be prone to spills and accidents in the kitchen area.

To recap, here are a few bamboo flooring benefits:

  • Easy installation
  • Eco-friendly
  • Affordable
  • Bug resistant
  • Unique looking
  • Low maintenance

Read more about bamboo flooring costs by clicking here.

Urban Customs Installs Hardwood Flooring In Phoenix, Arizona

At Urban Customs we offer all types of flooring installation in Phoenix, Arizona, including Wood flooring, stone flooring, laminate flooring, and bamboo flooring. Request a free flooring installation quote from Urban Customs today! Our address is 8050 N 19th Ave #127, Phoenix, AZ 85021.

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Written by Brian B

Hardwood Floor Installation Cost 2020

Wood floor installation costs range from $1,000 to $11,000 with a national average price of $4,518, according to HomeAdvisor. There are many different hardwood flooring types, so costs could fluctuate depending on your choice. Typically, hardwood floors will cost more than other common types, such as tile and laminate, but homeowners should see a bigger return on investment when selecting the hardwood option. Work with a professional installer like Urban Customs to best suit your flooring needs.

Wood Floor Installation Cost Per Square Foot

The first consideration for any homeowner on a budget is total area that needs to be covered by new flooring. Obviously, the larger the area, the higher the costs will be for both the flooring and overall labor. Continue reading for a full breakdown of costs per square foot for each type of wood flooring.

Traditional Wood Floors

Wood type and quality are crucial factors when determining total cost. Softwoods on the lower end of the spectrum generally run between $3 to $6 per square foot. Oak and cherry, two mid-priced wood flooring choices cost between $4 and $8 per square foot. More costly wood options like tigerwood and cypress come with price tags of $8 to $14 per square foot.

Engineered Wood Floor Cost

Engineered flooring on the lower end has three layers of wood veneer. Typically, these materials will cost merely $3 to $5 per square foot. An increased number of layers and a thicker veneer will cost $5 to $10 per square foot. The higher priced flooring with up to seven layers can cost between $8 to $13 per square foot. All labor costs should range between $3 to $10 per square foot installed.

Installation Costs

Of course, there will be a wide range of installation and labor costs. This is due to several reasons, including contractor experience, location and overall size of the flooring that needs to be installed. Other tasks may need to be performed before installation can actually take place. Furniture, carpet or removal of the old flooring will add labor time and costs onto the project. Make sure to contact the professionals to get an estimate before any installation process begins.

Hardwood Floor Installation Prices 

Always consider your way of life when finding the best flooring option for your home. Hardwood floors may not be the best choice for anyone living with multiple children and/or pets. Solid wood floors are more durable than hardwood floors, and may be the better option in this circumstance. Below is a list of average costs of several different flooring types.

  • Maple: $6–$11/sq. ft.
  • Pine: $4.50–$10/sq. ft.
  • Bamboo: $5–$11/sq. ft.
  • White Ash: $9–$13/sq. ft.
  • Hickory: $6–$13/sq. ft.
  • Red Oak: $8–$13/sq. ft.
  • Brazilian Walnut: $11–$20/sq. ft.

Other Flooring Types And Costs

Urban Customs Installs Hardwood Flooring In Phoenix, Arizona

At Urban Customs we offer all types of flooring installation in Phoenix, Arizona, including Wood flooring, stone flooring, laminate flooring, and bamboo flooring. Request a free flooring installation quote from Urban Customs today! Our address is 8050 N 19th Ave #127, Phoenix, AZ 85021.

Bamboo Flooring Pros and Cons
Written by Brian B

Bamboo Flooring Cost

As homeowners everywhere search for alternatives to traditional hardwood, the bamboo flooring option continues to spike in popularity. This flooring is extremely tough and durable, making it a new favorite across American kitchens and bathrooms. Let’s take a look at bamboo flooring cost and the many benefits this option offers homeowners.

Bamboo Flooring Cost Breakdown

Of course, two costs will be associated with bamboo flooring: the actual purchase of the product plus installation. Flooring is typically priced by square footage, while installation goes by total area and labor costs. The average cost of materials will come to about $480 for a 125-square-foot area. Add in a typical $500 installation charge, and the total should come out just below $1,000. Average installation cost for a larger, 200-square-foot room is just over $1,500 total.

There are a numbers of factors that will affect the overall cost of installation. The pre-existing flooring that needs to be removed can offer challenges and a longer process for installers. Keep in mind the condition of your current flooring when trying to estimate expenses. Existing moldings and baseboards will result in higher installation costs. Generally, a sealant will be required post-installation for the bamboo flooring. The average cost of the sealant is $40.

Here’s a breakdown of bamboo flooring costs, per square footage:

  • Lowest cost: $1.49$2.99
  • Average cost: $2.19$5.00
  • Highest cost: $3.59$7.68

Benefits Of Bamboo Flooring

First and foremost, this is an eco-friendly choice for flooring. Bamboo plants can regenerate in as little as 5 years. Hardwood trees can take more than 30 years to fully regenerate. Bamboo is readily available, and will not impact the ongoing destruction of rainforests all throughout the world. It’s a flooring option that you can truly feel good about! Durability, as mentioned before, is a main benefit of bamboo flooring. This durability is a big reason why bamboo becomes so affordable over time. Installation is also a breeze. Professionals can quickly install bamboo, giving your home a new, breathtaking look. If that isn’t enough for you, it must be noted that this one is one of the lowest-maintenance flooring options on the market today. Unlike hardwood, bamboo may never need to be refinished because it is so durable. It is also moisture resistant, which is perfect for young families that may be prone to spills and accidents in the kitchen area.

To recap, here are a few bamboo flooring benefits:

  • Easy installation
  • Eco-friendly
  • Affordable
  • Bug resistant
  • Unique looking
  • Low maintenance

Free Bamboo Flooring Quote

If you live in the Phoenix, Arizona area, you can receive a FREE bamboo flooring quote by contacting Urban Customs today! Call them at 1.800.401.3690. Urban Customs proudly serves the entire Phoenix valley, inclduing Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise and more!

Bamboo Flooring Installation in Phoenix, Arizona 

Hardwood Flooring Pros and Cons

Bamboo flooring has more pros than cons and is a great choice for flooring installation or replacement. Urban Custom offers bamboo flooring installation in Phoenix, Arizona. If you are interested in receiving a free bamboo flooring quote anywhere in the Phoenix Valley, give Urban Customs a call today at 1.800.401.3690.We offer free bamboo flooring quotes to the entire Phoenix Valley including Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, and more.

Written by webtechs

Bamboo Flooring Pros & Cons

Bamboo Flooring PROS – Bamboo flooring is easy to maintain, ecologically friendly, natural, water-resistant, durable, and affordable. Bamboo flooring is also great for refinishing. Bamboo Flooring CONS – Even though it’s durable, it can still get scratched over time.

Bamboo is a natural flooring cover material that is similar to hardwood flooring, but it is actually made from a grass. It has plenty of positive benefits like hardwood floors, as well as vulnerabilities and drawbacks. The more that you understand about this material, the better informed you will be whenever you make maintenance or buying decisions.

Bamboo Flooring Pros

Bamboo Flooring Cons

Easy to Maintain VOC Emission
Ecologically Friendly Scratches
Natural Material Humidity
Water-Resistant Water Damage
Durability Environmentally Ambiguous
Price Lack of Hardness
Refinishing Lack of Grading Systems
Style

Bamboo Flooring Pros & Advantage

The pros and advantages of bamboo flooring include:

Pro: Easy to Maintain

Bamboo is easy to care for. You just vacuum or sweep it regularly to remove debris. You can even clean it with a non-alkaline, non-wax bamboo or hardwood floor cleaner or just damp mop it.

Pro: Ecologically friendly

Bamboo wood is a form of vegetation. Bamboo is highly renewable that grows to maturity within 3-5 years. This is much quicker than hardwood trees which take 20+ years to mature.

Pro: Natural Material

Natural material usage is a big trend in construction right now. People are becoming more ecologically conscious and are wanting products that state this. They also want designs and materials that fit modern looks instead of natural evolution and individual personality.

Pro: Water-resistant

Bamboo is a bit more resistant to stains, warping, and water damage than hardwood, although it is a concern.

Pro: Durability

There are different types of bamboo that are very strong, durable, and hard. Uncarbonized, natural bamboo that has been properly harvested and created will be similarly durable like red oak. Bamboo flooring that is strand woven is even harder than that.

Pro: Price

Bamboo is about the same cost as many hardwood floors. You will find that it ranges between $2 to $8 per square foot. Avoid the bargain basement materials as they are often just castoffs of low quality.

According to DIYNetwork, “The cost of bamboo flooring is $5 to $8 per square foot, which is about the same as most common hardwood flooring types. Installing bamboo flooring means gluing or nailing to a subfloor. Pro installation adds $3 to $5 per square foot.”

Pro: Refinishing

Over time they can become discolored, marred or scratched. Luckily you can refinish bamboo floors, simply by sanding it down and reapplying finishing coats to give it a new look. The amount of sanding will be determined by the thickness of the planks.

Pro: Style

This is actually a super trendy material for flooring that will instantly change your space. It has a feel and appearance similar to that of your average hardwood and is still different and distinct. This can add quality to a room.

Bamboo Flooring Cons & Disadvantages

The cons and disadvantages of bamboo flooring include:

Con: VOC Emission

Bamboo planks are made by shredding or slicing the bamboo and adhering to the pieces by using pressure, heat, and an adhesive that is resin-based. Over time the adhesive will begin to release chemicals into the air within your space over time. Many bamboo floors will have adhesive in them, but the level of adhesive and VOC amount will vary depending on how the plank is made.

Con: Scratches

Although the bamboo floor is easy to maintain, it’s hard to keep it perfect if it is used constantly. There are many things that can cause scratches on the floor. Pet claws, furniture legs, and high heels can damage the floor even tiny particles and small grit can cause scratches over time.

Con: Humidity

If the floor is in a humid area, the moisture can cause the floor to plump up while in a dry environment the planks will shrink. Over time this will cause cracks in the planks.

Con: Water damage

Bamboo is more water-resistant to water damage than hardwood. It is still a natural material that is made from organic items, and excessive moisture can make it warp or start growing mold. A flood can cause damage to your bamboo floor.

According to FloorCritics, “Unlike the grass found in your front-yard, bamboo does not thrive when watered. In fact, too much water can leave unsightly spots and even cause your flooring to warp. Over time water damaged flooring will grow bacteria and mold between the planks.”

Con: Environmentally Ambiguous

Bamboo is a natural material that is highly renewable, but there are some environmental concerns about bamboo. The adhesive used can cause toxicity in interior spaces. There are concerns about forests being cut down to make bamboo fields. While it has green qualities, it is environmentally ambiguous.

Con: Lack of hardness

Although it is natural uncarbonized strand woven flooring is durable and hard, but darker bamboo planks are actually softer. This is because the carbonization process to color the wood weakens it.

Con: Lack of grading systems

There isn’t a grading system for bamboo materials. Retailers often sort them into grades, but it is just an arbitrary system and isn’t an independent gauge for the quality of the planks. This makes it important to find reputable, quality flooring dealers to ensure you are getting top quality materials.

Bamboo Flooring Installation in Phoenix, Arizona 

Bamboo Flooring Pros and Cons

Bamboo flooring has more pros than cons, and is a great choice for flooring installation or replacement. Urban Custom offers bamboo flooring installation in Phoenix, Arizona. If you are interested in receiving a free bamboo flooring quote anywhere in the Phoenix Valley, give Urban Customs a call today at 1.800.401.3690We offer free bamboo flooring quotes to the entire Phoenix Valley including: Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise and more.

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Written by webtechs

Hardwood Floor Installation Cost 2019

The national average cost for wood flooring installation is $4,518; with costs ranging between $1,000 and $11,000 according to HomeAdvisor. Due to the various colors and durability of different hardwood floor tree types, it is best for some research to determine which works best for your needs. Due to the potential cost of hardwood floors, it is best to work with a professional flooring installer like Urban Customs who has the experience and expertise for a job of this size. Even though hardwood floors cost more than laminate or tile when it comes time to sell your home you will see a bigger return on investment when compared to other flooring types.

Wood Flooring Installation Cost Per Square Foot

When determining your budget of both time and money for a project of this size you need to consider the cost factors of each area. The larger an area being covered by flooring the more expensive it will be for both material and labor costs. Due to this, we have included a chart for the cost per square foot for installation as well as the cost for different wood types.

Traditional Wood Flooring Cost

Most traditional wood floorboards are less than 3 inches wide while measuring 7 inches plus. Wood type, as well as wood quality, are used to determine to price for floor installation.

Lower priced softwoods on average cost $3 to $6 per square foot for materials and will require $3 to $5 per square foot for labor costs.

Mid-priced woods cover a wide range of woods like oak and cherry on average these will cost between $5 to $10 per square foot for materials and will require $4 to $8 per square foot for labor costs.

High priced woods are usually made of harder or exotic woods like cypress and tigerwood, but due to their price point these words are more expensive on average these will cost between $8 to $14 per square foot for materials and will require $4 to $8 per square foot for labor costs.

Engineered Wood Flooring Cost

Engineered wood flooring is a mixture of wood backing, plywood, and real wood veneer. These engineered floors come in different colors as well as different types of underlayers making them longer lasting than real wood floors.

Low cost engineered flooring has 3 layers as well as a top layer of wood veneer between 1/12 and 1/16 inches thick. On average materials will cost $3 to $5 per square foot with labor costs ranging between $3 and $10 as well.

Mid-priced engineered flooring has an increased number of layers as well as a thicker veneer. On average materials will cost between $5 to $10 per square foot with labor costs ranging between $3 to $10 per square foot.

High priced engineered flooring has 7 plus layers with a thicker top layer of veneer around 1/6-inch-thick of exotic woods. Costs will range between $8 to $13 per square foot as well as $3 to $10 in labor costs as well.

Installation Cost Considerations

The reason for such a range of labor costs is because there are several factors to include like the experience level of your contractor, market rates for the area you live in, and how large plus the complexity of your project. Depending on other tasks that need to be done before flooring can be installed like removing furniture, subfloor replacement, disposal of the old floor, carpet removal or appliance removal. Some contractors charge based on the project size as well while some contractors charge 20 cents per square foot for flooring removal.

Hardwood Flooring Installation Prices By Types

If you have pets or small children, then hardwood floors may not be an appropriate option for you. If you decide to go with the hardwood floor you would want solid wood floors because of their increased durability. Since hardwood floors can warp or stain due to water damage any spills or other accidents will need to be wiped up quickly to avoid damage that could potentially ruin your floors.

Hardwood floors are often referred to as one category of building supplies, but they are made up of several different trees with different colors, prices, and durability ranges. Below we have created a list of common hardwood floor wood types.

  • Maple: Is hard and dent-resistant, makes them great for high-volume areas like hallways; these range from light red colored to white cream colors ($3.50–$6/sq. ft.)
  • Pine: This wood is lighter colored ranging from ambers to light beige with knot patterns but is prone to damage like dents or scratches. ($1.50–$4/sq. ft.)
  • Bamboo: This is the most durable and hardest wood available colors can range from stone grey to chestnut or even natural colored. ($2–$4/sq. ft.)
  • White Ash: This wood is very durable and can be hard to stain so expect to see colors in a more natural cream color to a pale gray or light tan. ($5–$6/sq. ft.)
  • Hickory: Is a hard, dense wood with color ranging from dark espresso to a lighter sea drift color or known as “mild to wild” colors. ($3–$6/sq. ft.)
  • Red Oak: As the name implies red oak has a reddish tint, with visible grain and coupled with highly durable wood. ($2–$6/sq. ft.)
  • Brazilian Walnut: This is an exotic wood mostly seen in brown shades and is very hard making it durable enough for high traffic. ($5–$9/sq. ft.)

Additional Cost Considerations

Regardless of your flooring type, your subfloors will need to be evaluated for their structural integrity to determine if there will need to be extra work done before the new can be installed. On average plywood, subflooring costs $22 for an 8-foot by 4-foot sheet of plywood. Most carpenters charge between $20 to $35 per hour for installation of subfloors as well as new floor joists. If you are installing hardwoods floor over concrete, most handymen would recommend not gluing the planks to the floor but instead to use a “floating floor”. Due to the high cost of having a floor installed it is best o check for potential leaks or moisture before the installation is done to reduce the chance of planks warping from water.

Other flooring types and their costs

If you are still undecided on which style or type of floor works best for you we have included a few handy resources as well as a refinishing cost guide.

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