Hardwood and Engineered Flooring Costs in Staten Island & New Jersey
Flooring Prices Range From Dirt-Cheap To Sky-High. Here’s What You Need To Know To Get The Best Value.
Hardwood and engineered flooring costs in Staten Island & New Jersey vary wildly based on a variety of factors. The grade of the wood, how the floors are installed, and even where the wood is sourced from all determine price.
On this page, we take a look at each of these factors and how they play a role in price. This will give you a clearer picture of what you’ll need to invest in order to get the best quality for your budget.
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How Grade Determines Price
As the name suggests, Clear Grade hardwood is freest from blemishes and character marks. As a product of nature itself, Clear Grade hardwood is pretty rare, so it’s usually the most expensive hardwood flooring material.
Select Grade has minimal character marks and variations in color, though it’s not quite on par with Clear Grade in terms of clarity. Still, Select Grade is uncommon, so its price is typically in the same ballpark as Clear Grade.
#1 Common Grade
This is where you really start to see the hardwood’s natural characteristics – knots, swirls, and color variations are prominent. #1 Common Grade is less expensive than Clear and Select Grades because it’s more abundant.
#2 Common Grade
Also called Rustic Grade, #2 Common Grade contains even more character marks and color variations. A great choice for that authentic, “cabin-in-the-woods” look. #1 and #2 Common Grades are similarly priced.
Note: One person’s defect is another person’s style. One Grade isn’t “better” than another. It comes down to preference and the look YOU want to achieve.
How Installation Determines Price
Installation plays a huge role in determining the cost of hardwood flooring. Up-front preparation is especially vital to achieve an excellent end result. Subfloor inspection, moisture readings, and allowing the floors to acclimate to your home are all mission-critical to overall quality. (Visit our Hardwood Flooring page for more details.)
Unfortunately, some flooring contractors skip the preparation process and go straight to the installation. Naturally, this will knock some money off the overall price of your project. But you WILL absolutely run into problems that will end up costing you MUCH more in the long run.
The installation process itself also plays a factor in cost. There are many, many ways for Staten Island & New Jersey companies to cut corners on wood flooring installation…
- Nailing every two feet instead of the necessary six to eight inches
- Skipping every other row of flooring instead of nailing ALL of them
- Utilizing cheap materials that will break down shortly after installation
The list goes on and on (and on and on…). Quality installation – such as our 63-Point Installation Process – is going to cost more than the “Lay & Pray” method that low-end contractors use. But it is absolutely worth it if you want your floors to look fantastic and perform flawlessly for decades.
How the Source of the Wood Determines Price
Peruse the aisles of a hardwood liquidator, and you’ll see dirt-cheap price after dirt-cheap price. There’s a reason: Liquidators typically get terrible-quality lumber from dodgy overseas manufacturers.
You don’t have to look far to figure out how liquidators sell such bargain-basement wood. From Chinese-made flooring that contains 2,000% the acceptable formaldehyde level to lumber illegally sourced in a Siberian tiger habitat, no practice is off limits to liquidators. There’s basically nothing they won’t stoop to in order to save a few bucks.
Conversely, North American compliances for hardwood harvesting are ultra-rigid. As a result, American hardwood costs more than the junk that comes from across the ocean. But you can be sure your extra dollars are going toward a product that’s safe, ethically sourced, and of the highest quality. This is why we install 100% American-made flooring 100% of the time.
WARNING: Avoid Anything Less than $4 Per Square Foot
There is no “maximum” hardwood flooring price in Staten Island & New Jersey. Specialty flooring materials such as reclaimed hardwood can cost as much as $15-$20 per square foot!
That said, you definitely can spend too little on hardwood and engineered flooring. Decent-quality prefinished domestic hardwood starts around $4 per square foot (without installation). Anything less is a product that comes from a low-quality (likely overseas) manufacturer – period.
Characteristics of hardwood from low-quality manufacturers:
- 1 to 3 protective finish coats that will wear off within a few years (good manufacturers use 7 to 12 coats that can last up to 100 years)
- Finish warranty of 10 years or less (good manufacturers will offer 20-50 years)
- Milling defects, which could include tongue and groove that don’t line up, flooring boards in different widths, or joints that don’t fit properly
Bottom line: When it comes to hardwood and engineered flooring, you get what you pay for. That’s why it’s best to shop based on the QUALITY of the product, rather than the price. You’ll invest more up front, but you’ll end up saving heaps of money in the long run and get truly fantastic flooring.
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