How Much Does it Cost to Install Hardwood Floors?

Hardwood Floor Installation
Cost Guide

Durable and available in a variety of colors, hardwood flooring is a classic option for any home. Installation prices vary depending on the type of wood you choose. Depending upon your selections, the total cost for hardwood floor installation, including labor and materials, can average up to $6 to $8 per square foot. Keep reading to learn more about hardwood floor installation costs.

Engineered Wood (Float Installation)

Average Total Cost:  $6.40 per square foot


$3.50 per sq. ft.


$2.40 per sq. ft.


$0.50 per sq. ft.

Engineered wood is the modern alternative to solid wood. This type of flooring typically has a top layer of natural wood such as maple, oak, birch or hickory. Underneath this top layer, there are sheets of wood to enforce durability.

Floating is the most common installation method for engineered wood, although gluing is also an option. Floating involves attaching or clicking the panels, which blocks out moisture. This installation method is preferred when the subfloor is cement, tile or a floor with radiant heat.

Lower Cost:

Estimates for both the flooring and the installation labor are generally lower than solid wood.

Versatile Installation:  

Unlike traditional hardwood, engineered wood can be installed below grade in basements and over concrete subfloors.

Limited Resurface Options:

Unlike solid wood, engineered wood typically cannot be resurfaced multiple times. It depends on the thickness of its natural wood layer.

engineered wood float install cost

Solid Wood

Average Total Cost:  $7.80 per square foot


$4 per sq. ft.


$3.80 per sq. ft.

Attaching solid wood with nails is a tried-and-trued option. This is the most popular installation method, but it requires a wooden subfloor, which increases the overall cost if you don't already have one. Once the hardwood is installed, the nails are hardly visible.

Longer Lifespan:

Nail installation of solid wood is praised by home renovators for its permanence. When installed properly, the boards are secure for decades.

Replaceable Boards:

If a board gets damaged, it can be pried off and replaced without altering the surrounding floorboards.

Higher Cost:

Solid wood installed with nails is more expensive than engineered wood options that "float" above the subfloor.

solid wood nail install cost

Factors Affecting the Overall Cost

Solid wood flooring installation costs can vary quite drastically. Domestically grown options are more affordable, while imported and exotic hardwood have higher costs.

American Wood Examples: Red oak, pine, hickory and maple.

Imported Wood Examples: Brazilian Cherry Wood, Sakura (Japanese cherry blossom), and Tigerwood from South and Central America.


The Home Depot upholds the warranties specified by our hardwood manufacturers. Most wood floors have a 25-year residential warranty, and additional protection can also be purchased through The Home Depot. Speak with your installation professional for more information.


The Home Depot offers a stunning selection of solid wood and engineered flooring that is sustainably sourced to help preserve our world’s endangered forests. Installation services are available for homes of all sizes. Licensed, certified, and vetted with background checks, our professional installers show up wearing an official Home Depot badge, so you’ll know we sent them. We are transparent about our products, so you know exactly what’s being installed in your home. To help you create your dream home sooner, The Home Depot also offers financial assistance options like project loans and specialty credit cards.

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