The Cost to Fit Wooden Flooring

All you need to know about the costs associated with having wooden flooring fitted including materials, labour and time frames.

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What the job entails

This article is all about wooden flooring and the prices charged by flooring companies in the UK. When gathering quotes from flooring specialists to investigate the average cost to lay wooden flooring in your home, we found that every quote was different and some installers will add extra costs for certain features whereas others will include these in the quote.

Skirting boards will get damaged during this job, it’s hard to avoid. So this may be a good time to consider getting new skirting boars fitted, after all, you are already paying for most of the labour in any case! In addition, damage to plasterwork/decoration when skirting boards are removed is also pretty likely, so this might also be a good time to think about redecorating!

Various finishes are available with solid wooden floors including a lacquered finish which offers a shiny reflective effect and makes the floor harder wearing. An oiled finish to the flooring gives it an aged feel and authentic warm atmosphere which is perfect for floor areas with high traffic volume (though it will require a maintenance coat to be applied every 2 years or so). You can also change the colour of the floor by staining after the floor has been sanded. There are a number of stains and shades to choose from.

For maintenance on solid wooden floors always use the manufacturers recommended cleaning products, avoid using any vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors as they make the floors dangerously slippy. Remember to not use any cleaning products at all until at least 2 weeks after the floor has been oiled or lacquered. Use mats and rugs to help prevent the tracking of grit and dirt onto your flooring and never wet-mop a wood floor as standing water can stain or damage the wood. Instead, simply wipe up any spills with a slightly damp cloth.

Place glides under the legs of heavy furniture to prevent scratching and when moving heavy furniture pick it up rather than dragging it across the floor! Consider using a dehumidifier in the winter and dust, sweep or vacuum regularly. Recoat the flooring when cleaning no longer restores the original shine. Laminate flooring needs virtually no maintenance, nor waxing, oiling or lacquer treatments, just keep it clean with a mop or vacuum every now and then.

Laminate flooring is made from composite wood at high temperatures with the image of hardwood grain placed over the composite wood as a laminate surface layer. In terms of durability laminate is very resistant to scratches and wear, however when it does get damaged, you cannot restore it by sanding down as you can with real hardwood. In addition, although modern laminate flooring is very convincing, it does not have quite the same visual appeal as a real hardwood floor. Laminate flooring is however much cheaper to buy and easier to fit, expect the overall cost of a fitted laminate floor to be around 50% less than solid wood.

Engineered wood flooring is essentially a product that is a hybrid of solid wood and laminate flooring, so if you can’t decide between the two, engineered wood could be the ideal solution. Engineered wood flooring is made from natural materials, not synthetic like laminate. The most common type is made up of layers of ply bonded together and topped off with a layer of solid wood.

This top layer of real solid wood means engineered wood looks convincingly like solid wood. Laminate flooring is cheaper than engineered wood, but will only last around 20 years at most, whereas engineered wood flooring should last for up to 75 years. Engineered wood flooring is much more resistant to expansion and contraction than solid wood, so can be fitted in rooms like bathrooms and kitchens where temperature and moisture fluctuations can be significant. You can also use engineered wood flooring for underfloor heating systems.

Cost to Fit Wooden Flooring

The average cost of fitting laminate flooring in a medium-sized room (20 sq m) is typically around £600. The price includes the old flooring removed and prepared and the laminate flooring supplied and installed. Oak wood flooring is more expensive and costs around £1100 to be installed. The average costs of flooring can fluctuate depending on location, labour cost and the price of the flooring per square metre.

A standard flooring specialist will often charge around £150 per day to install wooden flooring. The job on average takes 1-2 days to complete and does not include the couple of days required for the wooden boards to acclimatise prior to the actual installation. The time to fit wooden flooring will also depend on the condition of the floor, the size of the room and the number of non-square cuts that are required.

Below are some estimated costs of hiring a flooring specialist to supply and fit wooden flooring:

Type of Flooring Room Size Avg. Cost Duration
Laminate Flooring 10 square metres £350 1 day
Laminate Flooring 20 square metres £625 1-2 days
Laminate Flooring 30 square metres £900 2 days
Oak Solid Wood Flooring 10 square metres £700 1-2 days
Oak Solid Wood Flooring 20 square metres £1200 1-2 days
Oak Solid Wood Flooring 30 square metres £1500 2-3 days


Cost Breakdown

Individual costs for hiring a tradesmen to fit oak solid wood flooring (£35 per square metre) in a 20 sq metre room - Total Cost: £1200

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Materials
£900

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Tradesmen
£300

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Waste Removal
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FAQ's

Laminate wood flooring typically costs around £700 supplied and fitted to an average sized room (around 25 square metres). Whereas oak solid wood flooring will cost around £1300. In addition, you have to consider the costs of ongoing maintenance with solid wood floors which will require oiling, a coat of lacquer every couple of years, polishing and/or staining. So in terms of buying, fitting and ongoing costs, laminate flooring is much cheaper.

Engineered wood falls somewhere between the two in terms of both costs and appearance. The figures above should be treated as rough estimates only, the actual prices vary tremendously between different contractors and fitters, especially in different parts of the country, with London and the south east being significantly more expensive than the north and west. The only way to know for sure how much this job will cost is to gather quotes and compare.