How Much Does It Cost To Install Wood Plank Flooring?


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Wood Plank Flooring Costs

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Flooring material is that which covers the floor structure and creates the floor surface. Plank flooring is made up of boards and usually with tongue and groove edges.

You will find that the cost to install average wood plank flooring depends upon material and finish grade, surface area, preparation and special requirements, and the labor rate.

In the following table the Labor Cost figure is what the able and prepared DIY persons should expect to save by performing the corresponding tasks.

Replace flooring: of a 2,500 sq.ft. home with partitions and 500 linear feet of baseboard; remove and dispose existing flooring; include miscellaneous material and waste.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
New flooring: install 2,500 sq.ft. of 3/4" x 2-1/4" finished softwood-plank flooring and 500 linear feet of matching baseboard. $4.37 per sq.ft. 2,625 $11,482
Upgrade: additional cost to install solid oak hardwood plank flooring (3/4" x 3-1/4") and baseboard. $2.32 per sq.ft. 2,625 $6,084
Removal: remove 2,500 sq.ft. of carpet and underlayment, prepare for transport; strip to wood floor. $0.01 per sq.ft. 2,500 $26
Disposal: transport and non-hazardous dump fees. $45 per CY 10 $450
Fees and Material Cost $7.22 per sq.ft. 2,500 $18,042
+ Labor Cost (remove and dispose) $32 per hour 16 $512
+ Labor Cost (flooring) $36 per hour 130 $4,680
Total Cost $9.29 per sq.ft. 2,500 $23,234

Other considerations and costs

  • Preparation is limited to an undamaged floor in good condition to be replaced.
  • These prices are for service in the immediate service area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.

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DIY considerations

  • This project is suitable for DIY with common set of tools and skills.
  • Partial DIY is also possible by taking on the task of remove and dispose, leaving the installation to a professional.
  • The work area must be free of all furniture and other objects.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

(2,500 sq.ft. home, softwood plank flooring)
  • New York, NY$27,551
  • Bronx, NY$22,640
  • Brooklyn, NY$18,869
  • Philadelphia, PA$23,539
  • Washington, DC$20,426
  • Atlanta, GA$18,481
  • Miami, FL$16,808
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$17,607
  • Minneapolis, MN$20,655
  • Chicago, IL$24,065
  • Houston, TX$24,822
  • San Antonio, TX$16,662
  • Austin, TX$18,867
  • Denver, CO$15,940
  • Phoenix, AZ$16,818
  • Las Vegas, NV$18,459
  • Los Angeles, CA$20,799
  • San Diego, CA$18,874
  • San Jose, CA$22,797
  • Seattle, WA$16,690

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