Calculating the correct amount of hardwood flooring you need is a good start to keeping hardwood flooring prices to a minimum.
Whether its a solid hardwood floor or engineered hardwood flooring your first step is to calculate the actual square footage required to cover the floor area.
Measure the width and the length of the room in feet and inches rounding up each dimension to the nearest one quarter foot (3, 6, 9, 12 inches) then convert to a decimal number.
For example if the width of a room was 16′ 1? the dimension would be rounded up to 16′ 3? and converted to a decimal as follows 16′ 3? (16.25), 16′ 6? (16.5), 16′ 9? (16.75), 17′ 0? (17.0)
If the room dimensions were 16′ 1? by 18′ 7? these would become 16.25 by 18.75. The next step is to multiply the width by the length – 16.25 x 18.75 = 304.68 square feet.
Now you need to add 10% to the square footage to allow for natural waste from hardwood flooring off-cuts, the easiest way to do this is to multiply 304.68 by 1.1 – 304.68 x 1.1 = 335.14, rounded to the nearest whole number the amount of hardwood flooring you would need is 335 square feet.
Some would argue that a 5% 7% extra allowance is all thats required, but this very much depends on how irregular shaped your room is and the width of the flooring plank. 10% added allowance is a safe bet, plus whatever is left over can be kept for future flooring repairs.
The next step in cutting hardwood flooring prices to the bone is deciding on which flooring material you intend to install. Solid hardwood floors are the most expensive to buy, install and to refinish, a more affordable alternative is cheap engineered hardwood flooring. This type of hardwood flooring is constructed in a similar fashion as plywood, with a hardwood veneer on the surface, also known as the wear layer.
Hardwood flooring prices can vary greatly depending on the thickness of the wear layer, a thick hardwood veneer on the surface allows for the floor to be sanded and refinished at least 2 times.
Assuming on average that a hardwood floor may need refinishing every 7 years, good quality engineered hardwood flooring should comfortably last for 20 years if not longer. By comparison 3/4? solid hardwood floors will last a lifetime and can be refinished several times over but its not as stable as engineered flooring and will suffer from some shrinkage.
You can obviously save on hardwood flooring prices by shopping around and opting for budget priced flooring, it may appear to be a good deal wholesale price offer end of line offers discontinued offers etc., but always check the thickness of the wear layer (the sting in the tail) if its too thin you may not be able to refinish the surface at any time in the future and will have to replace or cover the flooring if the surface becomes badly marked quality engineered hardwood floors have a veneer thickness of between 1/8? 3/16?
Hardwood flooring prices can be further slashed by opting for a good quality laminate flooring instead, you get the appearance of hardwood flooring without the hardwood.
What you are actually seeing on the surface is a high resolution photograph of wood grain covered in a very hard wearing transparent resin. This is perfect if you are wanting a durable floor with the attractiveness of real hardwood but at a fraction of the cost and installation time of a hardwood floor.