Hardwood Floor - What types ???

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Posted by: from Brampton
3/6/2012 at 1:21:27 PM


I have parquet floor right now in family & living rooms. I am thinking of replacing this with hardwood - not laminate.

My question is what should i look for when deciding on the hardwood? Can someone recommend a good hardwood floor to buy. The complete area (for the 2 rooms) is around 350 sq feet.

How many years can a hardwood floor last? I have a budget of around $2500.



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Date/Time3/6/2012 at 2:25:32 PM

Hi Nitin,

I received your email from earlier today. I am tied up right now but I will address it as soon as I have some time later on today. My apologies for the delay. I will definitely have an answer for you later on tonight.

Thanks again for your interest.

Scott Newman

NewRidge Refinishing

T: 289-335-0244

T: 519-772-5755

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Date/Time3/8/2012 at 12:54:42 AM

Hi Nitin, based on your budget and size, you are looking for an installed price of about $7.15 per square foot. Installation costs run around $2.00 - $3.00 per foot so you have about $4.00 - $5.00 to spend for the flooring itself. You should shop around and look for some sales - they seem to be advertised all the time.

You should be able to find some pretty good stuff in the 1/2" to 3/4" real hardwood category. The size may allow you to get some end of line stock at a better price as well - nothing wrong with it, just not enough to do a whole floor or house. You may have to ask to see if any is available.

Do some shopping and see what you like the best. For a living room / dining room on a main floor, you can use pretty much whatever you want.

Hardwood floors can last for 100's of years - check out some of the estate homes and castles in England.

Kids, pets, water, furniture with no pads, spike heels, high traffic, etc. can ruin a new hardwood floor in months - It's going to be up to you to maintain and preserve it.

Good Luck with it!

Jim Kuzma

Kettleby Handyman Services

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Date/Time3/9/2012 at 9:42:03 PM

HI Nitin

One piece of the puzzel is the cost to remove the existing parquet flooring and the condition of the subfloor. Assuming your subfloor is level, stable and in good condition, your lease expensive option would be a stapled pre finished hardwood. The cost to install would range from $2.25 to $3.00 psf. However, there are some very good prefinished engineered wood floors that are more expensive, but are very stable and long lasting. Some can also be installed as a floating floor.


Kingsway Construction Inc

Glenn Rosborough

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Date/Time3/12/2012 at 12:29:36 AM

Hi Nitin,

The answers are evolving quite nicely, but they aren't there just yet.

Let's look at the finances first. You have $2,500.00 to spend on the job. That leaves you at around $2,200.00 before taxes. I would think that any reputable company would have a contract, and therefore taxes would be charged.

From my experiences, parquet flooring has a ton of nails/staples holding it down. There is going to be a fair bit of labour to get the floor up and disposed of. I would estimate close to $500.00 would be spent on removal, disposal and sub floor preparation.

This leaves you with $1,700.00, of which $700.00 will go towards installation.

After all of this is taken into consideration, you now have $1,000.00 left for the actual material. This translates into roughly $3 per foot.

As stated in an earlier posting, you'll have to look for a bargain, and take care of the floor. It can last a lieftime and then some, but can also be dented, scratched and roughed up in no time.

Whatever flooring you choose, the best thing you can do to preserve it is preventative maintenance.

Don't rush into this and use the professionals for their opinions, service knowledge. Good Luck

Bill Clawsie

Clawsie Contracting


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Date/Time3/12/2012 at 1:30:42 PM

Hi Nitin, good catch by Glenn and Bill - removal of the existing and sub floor prep should be included in the equation.

Shopping and asking questions are going to be your best bet to get an education in this. Once you have all the info you need you can make an informed decision and put your detailed requirements in the "post your project" section. You will get local responses and should be able to compare the quotes "apples to apples"

If you have already selected your supplier & installer, you will have a good understanding of what they are talking about and recommending for your situation.

Good Luck with it!

Jim Kuzma

Kettleby Handyman Services

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