If you want to install timber flooring, the question naturally arises “What will it cost me?” You should know that the cost of laying new timber flooring varies depending on various factors such as the materials used, the size and number of pieces to be installed, the layout and design of your house, where you live and more. If you live in an area that experiences extreme climate changes, you may have to do extra steps to ensure that the finished look and feel of your floor are possible. Here are some pointers to help you get a rough estimate of how much your project will cost you:
Laying timber overlay flooring on concrete requires you to cut out a sizable section of your room’s concrete. This is because plywood sheets are floated on top of the underlying concrete. Most people use concrete core plywood. To get the most accurate figure, you can use a tape measure to take the exact dimension of your room’s concrete.
Determine the best materials for your timber overlay flooring on concrete. Before deciding on a particular wood or plywood, you need to know its properties and weight. For example, hardwoods tend to be lighter than softwoods but are more expensive and durable. Moreover, softwoods are more susceptible to cracking. On the other hand, hardwoods like cedar and redwood are stronger and require less maintenance.
Location of your new timber overlay floor on concrete also plays a great role in determining the cost of flooring. The subfloor, which is the part of the floor directly below the surface of the concrete, must be thoroughly researched before you finally decide on the right subflooring. This way, you can ensure that your subfloor has enough space for your subfloor drain and repair.
You can choose from a wide range of timber flooring products. You can choose solid timber overlay flooring, laminated timber overlay flooring and engineered timber overlay flooring. Engineered subfloors are usually made of plywood. But you can also find solid timber overlays made of cedar, pine, oak, white oak, beech, cherry and other strong wood species. A wide range of wood types and colours are available. This gives you a chance to match your flooring with the rest of your interior decor.
Most people go for a timber floor that comes with a glue-less installation. This type of installation is easy to use and can save you money in the long run. But you have to make sure that your chosen supplier can supply you with the required tools and equipment for a hassle-free installation. Moreover, you should check with them on the cost of installation to ensure that you do not spend more than what you can afford.
Timber overlay flooring comes in two forms. Floating floors are installed over existing floors and they are relatively easy to install. The only challenge is the removal of the old flooring and the laying of new timber slabs. Carpet floating floors are installed over the existing carpet and you can just drop the carpet tiles into place. You need to ensure that the subfloor is soundproof and moisture-resistant.
With good insulation, your home will get ample heat and this will keep your heating bills low. Also, you will get the added warmth of sound reduction due to increased flooring thickness. And to get a feel of the timber floors, you can try installing some wooden beams at various locations. Installing timber floors will give you many benefits, but you need to ensure that you get value for money.