Whether you need portions of your flooring replaced or you're interested in redoing the floors throughout your home or business, a skilled flooring contractor can ensure that you get the results that you're looking for. At Lincoln Handyman Service, we're dedicated to providing excellent and honest service to the residents of STAPLEHURST NE, no matter what flooring project they have in mind.
Our installation and floor repair team can help with nearly any aspect of the flooring industry. Whether you hire us for your home or your business, we are equipped and have the training to help with:
At Lincoln Handyman Service, we're committed to your complete satisfaction. Contact our team of friendly and knowledgeable flooring contractors today, and we'll gladly take the time to explain any of our service options. We proudly offer our services to customers anywhere in STAPLEHURST City, and we're ready to serve all of your flooring needs.
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When it comes to your business or home, installing the ideal wood floor is a task that leave no room for errors.
EXAMINATION - Our trained wood floor professionals will keenly examine and review your structure (particularly your sub-floor), with the goal of calculating the correct procedures that need to be followed. Then, we will guide you through our vast collection of various types of wood and colors until we find the ideal choice for you and your premises.
ADJUSTMENT - Our skilled and sociable installers will not only show you samples of our products - so that you can match them to your walls, ceilings, and furniture – they will also provide you with sincere friendly guidance as well. Whatever color, design, or texture you want – we are confident that we have what you are looking for.
COST OF FLOORING INSTALLATION IN STAPLEHURST
How much does it cost to install 1000 square feet of hardwood floors?
Expect to pay $4 to $8 a square foot for labor to install a solid hardwood floor and $3 to $10 a square foot to install engineered wood, according to Home Advisor. Labor costs are higher for floors with vents and irregular shapes.
How much does it cost to install flooring?
Expect the install range to be from $5 to $8 per square foot. This includes labor to remove your previous flooring, installation and finishing of the hardwood. Flooring companies typically quote the cost to install a hardwood floor on a square-foot basis.
Which is cheaper to install carpet or laminate flooring?
The least expensive carpet you can buy is less expensive than the lowest cost laminate flooring. The World Floor Covering Association lists the cost of carpet, as of 2015, at between $2 to $15 per square foot, while laminate costs from $3 to $7. Both prices are for installed flooring.
How Much Does It Cost To Install Flooring?
Typical Range: $1,529 - $4,489
The average cost range to install flooring is between $1,529 and $4,489, with an average price of $2,942 as reported by homeowners. The final price will depend on the type of flooring you choose.
Consider it as a long-term investment, something you'll touch more than any aspect of your house, and it might just last for the life of your home. Types of flooring, of course, run the gamut in price and quality. The type of flooring you install should reflect your tastes and your lifestyle.
Do you need something that's easy to clean? Or is it more important that it fit the character of your house? Do you have allergies? Even once you decide on a material, you won't be able to calculate costs until you settle on the quality of the materials and the level of expertise that's needed to install it.
There are two primary types of wood flooring available. The first is the solid wood floor. These floors are generally 3/4" thick and can be purchased raw or pre-finished. The average cost of hardwood flooring will sit at the top end of the range. The other style of wood flooring is the "engineered wood floor." This is a wood floor that has a top wear layer, usually 1/8" thick, and more layers of plywood underneath. The top layer is generally made out of oak, maple, cherry, etc.
Engineered wood floors are gaining in popularity because they generally cost less than the solid wood floor, but can be refinished like a solid wood floor. However, since refinishing takes off a small amount of the surface each time, an engineered floor may not have as long a life as a hardwood floor.
The average cost of having wood flooring installed in a typical 1,000 square foot home is around $8,000.00. However, some people choose to install wood floors only in some rooms. The most common rooms to receive this treatment are living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms for a total average of around 550 square feet. The average cost installed then becomes around $4,400.00 at around $8.00 to $10.00 per square foot.
Typical varying cost factors that can increase or decrease your cost include:
The type of wood you use
Distance to the job site (the more remotely you live, the higher the cost will be)
Any work that has to be done around existing framing, HVAC systems, electrical, plumbing, or other such systems. Floor registers are a good example of such things.
Testing and remediation of hazardous materials. Older homes may have lead and/or asbestos.
If a general contractor will be supervising the job, add about 15% to 23%.
Sales tax on materials
Permits or inspection fees if applicable
Pros and Cons
Wood has a classic look that lends warmth to a room.
Easier to match furniture to wood because wood is generally of a neutral color.
Wood is a great insulator and can hold warmth for a while.
Wood floors are very long-lasting if properly cared for. Some existing wood floors in Europe have been around since the Dark Ages.
They are very easy to maintain.
Wood floors can be sanded and refinished many times. Where a carpet might wear out after 10 years and need to be replaced, a wood floor can be renewed.
Wood doesn’t trap dust and other allergens.
Very susceptible to moisture and humidity. Even minor leaks can cause significant damage to a wood floor if left untreated.
Not suitable for every room. Because of the susceptibility to moisture, wood floors are not recommended for bathrooms or laundry rooms.
Before installing, the substructure must be inspected to make sure it is level. An uneven substructure can cause the wood to bend and pop up.
Some finishes can scratch easily. The decision here, though, is that the finishes that scratch easily are also repaired easily, such as shellac. Polyurethane, though it doesn’t scratch easily, requires a complete refinishing if it does get scratched.
They are noisy to walk on. Even the best of wood floors can develop creaks, though this can be mitigated to a degree with area rugs.
There are almost as many different types of wood flooring as there are types of wood. Each one has its own characteristics, so take samples home to see how they look before committing to buy. Here are some of the more popular choices for wood flooring including the increasingly popular cork:
Maple: Very hard, creamy white to pale red in color, can be hard to work with ($4.00 to $8.50 sq ft)
White Ash: Pale yellow in color, bold grain, durable and hard to stain ($3.30 to $7.00 sq ft)
Hickory: Reddish-brown with varying color patterns, very durable and hard ($3.20 to $6.70 sq ft)
Red Oak: Reddish, tight but visible grain, ideal for cutting and staining ($3.00 to $6.50 sq ft)
Brazilian Cherry: Exotic red-brown color, coarse texture but easy to scratch ($4.00 to $8.00 sq ft)
Cork: Light, neutral color, resistant to many kinds of damage (moisture, scratch, dent, fire, etc.), renewable (the bark, not the timber, is used), very soft under foot, retains warmth ($2.00 to $10.00 sq ft)
Aside from the type of wood, you have many choices for your floor.
Distressed, wide planks make for a rustic look.
Reclaimed wood comes from old buildings. It’s eco-friendly and lends a sense of history to your home.
Ebonized hardwood takes a dark hardwood and adds a sleek, black finish for a luxurious, modern look.
Puzzle cut makes your floor look like a jigsaw puzzle. Perfect for game rooms and children’s rooms, it’s a real conversation-starter!
Parquetry is the art of creating geometric mosaics with wood floors. Different types of woods are used to create stunning patterns. Some patterns may be repeated, such as herringbone, but others treat the whole floor as a canvas to create one large image. It is very expensive depending on patterns and materials.
Marquetry is like parquetry, but it is more often seen on furniture. However, when money is not an issue, it sees use on floors. A skilled woodworker can make his or her own, though. Marquetry uses more curves and creates pictures instead of just geometric shapes.
TYPES OF FLOORING
SOLID WOOD: The most distinctive type of hardwood flooring; various styles of wood, colors, and grades are available. Solid wood flooring is available either prefinished or unfinished.
ENGINEERED WOOD: Engineered wood flooring is a durable choice due to its flexibility – having the ability to function in areas with increased levels of moisture. It is essentially composite multilayered wood flooring (real wood being on the upper layer) that is oftentimes thinner than solid wood.
LAMINATE FLOORING: While not usually the fanciest option, laminate flooring is usually one of the more cost effective solutions. While it is not real wood at all, laminate flooring is crafted from Formica, and designed to imitate wood. This means that, compared to traditional hardwood floors, laminate flooring is not only far easier to install but also very easy to maintain as well.
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We’re ready to assist you every step of the way. One of the great things about our process is that we always provide you with a written estimate – Free of cost! STAPLEHURST Handyman Services warranties all installations for 5 years.
We keep nothing held back, no tricks up our sleeve, and no hidden surprises once everything is said and done. Whatever type of flooring you may need – laminate, solid wood, or engineered wood – you’re getting the floor that you desire, deserve, and have always dreamt about!
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Installing premium floors in your home can instantly create visual appeal and style. No matter what look you're going for, Lincoln Handyman Services can help you create it. We're proud to be one of STAPLEHURST finest hardwood flooring companies, and we're dedicated to providing incredible service and high-quality workmanship whether you need flooring for a home, apartment, or office.
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No matter what job our friendly installation crew undertakes, we strive to ensure that we keep our work area clean and that the job is done right and with care. We'll make every endeavor to finish on time, so that you won't be inconvenienced by unnecessary delays.
If you're looking for an experienced hardwood flooring company to install new floors in your home or office, contact our friendly professionals to discuss our service options. At Lincoln Handyman Services, we'll make every effort to exceed your expectations as our team installs your long-lasting and beautiful new floors. We take pride in our honest workmanship, and we're ready to serve all of STAPLEHURST NE.
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If you really want to save money, consider refinishing your floors instead of ripping them up and installing totally new ones. This is an affordable option for hardwood flooring that's scratched and battered but otherwise in good shape. Most hardwood floors can be refinished several times over the course of their life.
To refinish your floor, your professional will sand off the old finish and any dings and blemishes, apply a new color and sealing it. The finished project will look like a new floor for a fraction of the cost. A basic refinishing job will take an installer about 4 to 5 hours for a square footage of 100.
How to hire a flooring pro
Ready to hire a professional to install your home's floors? Before you do, be sure to:
Look at past projects: Make sure the pro has experience working with the flooring type you've chosen.
Get multiple free estimates: Ask your professional for an estimate on the project cost. Knowing a general price range for your project will give you confidence to hire a pro who's overcharging.
Ask if they have a minimum service fee. Some flooring contractors charge a minimum fee for their services to cover their time as well as committing to one job over other customers, business overhead and other costs associated with installing flooring. Nature's Touch Flooring charges a minimum service fee of $1,000 per job. Not all contractors have a minimum service fee, so be sure to inquire.
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Hardwood flooring can enhance the appearance of any business or home. And if you're looking for quality wood flooring installation in STAPLEHURST NE, you can trust the team at Lincoln Handyman Services to get the job done quickly and accurately.
A Solid Investment
Wood flooring is a solid investment in any indoor space. The elegance of wood lends itself to a variety of options for furnishing and decorating your interior; and the beauty of wood stands on its own to produce a look that's as classic as it is adaptable.
At Lincoln Handyman Services, we have the tools and skills to install your new wood flooring in a detailed, meticulous fashion. We understand that wood flooring is a significant investment, and we'll work our hardest so that you come away satisfied with the final result. Call us today for more information about our wood flooring options or to schedule an estimate for your home or business.
WOOD FLOOR REPAIR
Your wood floors are your pride and joy – but no matter how careful you are, there still will be times when you will need repairs. For any of your wood floor repairing needs, don't hesitate to call on our wood floor repair specialists. We're happy to help!
We offer a variety of repair services, including:
There's no need to replace your wood floors – have them repaired by our experts. Call us today, and we'll take a look at your wood floor repair options and give you an estimate on your personalized repair.
LAMINATE FLOORING IN STAPLEHURST NE
If you're looking for an economical and durable solution for the floors in your home or office, the skilled installation team at Lincoln Handyman Services can help. We offer many styles of laminate flooring whether you desire an elegant or rustic look for any room. Our dedicated staff takes pride in their honest and clean service no matter where in STAPLEHURST NE, we're working.
ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Whenever we undertake a laminate floor installation project, our goal is to get it done right and on schedule. We'll take care of every detail of the process from the planning stages to the last. We provide complete job site cleanup so you aren’t left with unnecessary hassle. Our crew stands by their work and won't be completely satisfied with our craftsmanship until you are.
Before you begin installing your own laminate flooring, contact the experts at Lincoln Handyman Services to discuss your needs. Our skilled crew would love to perform your laminate installation and ensure that it's done properly the first time. We proudly serve the Bennet area and will produce eye-pleasing and long-lasting results no matter what the scale.
TILE FLOORING IN STAPLEHURST NE
Looking for a way to enhance your indoor space? Consider tile flooring from Lincoln Handyman Services. Our tile flooring is designed to add a touch of class and elegance to your business or home. And we're proud to offer a variety of tile flooring options to suit your style as well as your budget.
Tile flooring offers a number of benefits. It can be considerably cheaper than hardwood or stone, and it's generally easy to maintain. Our tile flooring is also designed to be extremely durable, which means you won't have to replace it for quite some time.
At Lincoln Handyman Services, we're passionate about flooring. We take pride in the work we do, and we go the extra mile on every job so that our customers come away satisfied. So if your home or office can use a flooring update, consider the many advantages tile flooring has to offer. Call us today for more information or to set up an estimate.
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Whether you're building a new or are simply redoing the floor in your commercial space, you need a solution that will last. No other part of your space takes a pounding quite like the floor, so you need a quality product that's designed to withstand a fair amount of wear and tear. At Lincoln Handyman Services, we provide businesses in STAPLEHURST NE with top-notch commercial flooring and are eager to create a floor that suits the needs of your warehouse, apartment complex, or industrial space.
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At Lincoln Handyman Services, we take pride in the work we do. We understand that commercial flooring is a significant investment, and no matter the size of your space, we'll take the time to walk you through your options and get the job done right.
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What impacts the cost of flooring and installation?
Several factors will impact the total cost to install new floors in your home or building. The type of material you choose for your floors -- hardwood, linoleum or vinyl, for example -- will be the biggest factor on price. That also means it's the best area to focus on cost savings.
To give you an idea of how much different types of flooring costs, here's a breakdown of average prices per square foot. Keep in mind that, in general, the higher the quality of the material, the higher the cost.
Vinyl : $3-$7
Laminate: $2.50 - $5
Engineered wood: $2 - $12
Carpet: $8-$45 (for Nylon, the most popular carpet material)
To help you choose the best material for your floors, here's a breakdown of different types of flooring:
Vinyl mimics the look of stone, tile and wood, but at a lower cost than the real thing. Vinyl flooring comes in sheets, tiles and planks, and can stand up to heavy foot traffic because it resists wear, dents, scratches and stains.
There is a wide variety of vinyl flooring options. Click-together vinyl planks are very affordable but may not have the staying power of upgraded versions. Vinyl planks, which look like wood, are a step up. Finally, premium vinyl flooring brands can cost as much as solid wood and laminate, but they last longer and are easier to care for.
Vinyl's a good choice for high-traffic areas in your home like bathrooms, kitchens and mudrooms and, overall, vinyl flooring a cost-effective option. How cost effective? To give you an idea, here are some examples of installation costs for vinyl flooring from McCarran Handyman Services ( http://www.handymanlasvegasnv.com/home.html ) and Handyman Services of McAllen (http://www.handymanservicesofmcallen.com/ ) based in McAllen Texas:
Click-together vinyl planks: $2 per square foot
Vinyl planks: $4–$6 per square foot
Luxury vinyl tiles: $5–$7 per square foot
Installation: $3.50 - $12 per square foot
Total cost of a 200-square foot project: $2,000
Labor costs to install vinyl flooring can start at $3.50 per square foot. This price includes prep work, underlayment, leveling and grouting but not LVT materials. If additional work, like transitions, retucking adjacent carpet, pulling appliances in and out, floor prep, leveling and sanding is required, labor rates can be as much as $4 - $7 per square foot. Labor and materials for installation of higher-end LVT can cost up to $12 per square foot.
Laminate imitates the look of wood at a fraction of the cost. Laminate is a photo of wood laminated to a fiberboard base and covered by a layer of clear, protective plastic. Some premium brands of laminate flooring have a cork backing that muffles sound. Laminates are tough and can resist scratching and fading from sunlight.
Engineered wood is made of thin layers of wood sandwiched together with adhesive. This flooring is more affordable than solid hardwood, because it has a veneer of real wood over a layer of plywood. Even so, top-grade engineered wood can be as durable as solid wood and, because it's layered, it stands up to humidity better than solid wood flooring. It's a good choice for bathrooms, kitchens and basements.
Hardwood, also called solid wood flooring, this is the real deal, sheets of honest to gosh wood. Wood has natural warmth and beauty, but it's the most expensive flooring choice in the short-term.
Long-term, however, it can be more cost effective since you can sand and refinish it several times. When properly taken care of, solid wood floor can last for decades. Harwood floors come in two thicknesses: ¾-inch and 5/16 inch. The thicker the wood, the more times you can sand and refinish it, so the longer its lifespan.
Hardwood comes in a range of plank widths, too. Wider planks are desirable because they show off the beauty of the wood. Textures of hardwood floors include smooth, hand-scraped, and distressed. Hardwood flooring's durability depends on the type of wood it's made up. Pine is the softest and most susceptible to scratches and dents.
To give you an idea of how much your wood floors will cost, here are some sample prices from Nature's Touch Flooring:
Basic wood floor installation: $3 per square foot
Hand-scraped, ¾-inch oak planks: $7 per square foot
Tile is a classic material that resists wear, moisture, scratches, dents and stains. If properly cared for, tile flooring can last for decades. There are several different types of tiles you can use for floors:
Ceramic tile is durable, relatively inexpensive, doesn't absorb water and comes in a range of colors and designs. This is the classic choice for bathrooms. It typically costs between $2.50 to $3 per square foot.
Porcelain tile is the gold standard for tile. It's the priciest tile out there, around 60 percent more expensive than ceramic, but worth the cost because it's durable, resistant to scratches and stains, water-resistant, and comes in a wide range of colors and designs. Properly cared for, porcelain tile floors can last for decades. Porcelain tile costs around $3 to $10 per square foot.
Terracotta tile is an old-fashioned material made of clay left in its natural earthy hues. Terracotta gives floors a warm, cozy look. Terracotta tile needs to be sealed every two to three years to protect it from stains and damage. Natural stone tiles cost around $5-$10 per square foot, though designer tiles can be as much as $25 or more.
The average cost to install tile ranges from $500 - $5,000, depending on the size of you project. For example, the average national cost to tile a 50-100 square foot room is around $1,200.
Depending on the look and feel of your room, you may want to opt to install carpet. It comes in an array of colors, styles, materials and thicknesses. Carpet feels soft underfoot, acts as insulation that can lower heating and cooling bills, cushions falls for toddlers or the elderly, and can be laid on uneven subfloors.
Keep in mind that to install carpet flooring, you will have to also purchase and install carpet padding, which is about $3-$4 per square foot.
Stone tiles made of natural stone like marble, granite, limestone and slate are an elegant but pricey option. Natural stone's natural, muted colors give an elegant look to a room but they need more maintenance than other flooring materials. Stone flooring is porous and you will need to reseal it regularly to resist stains. Marble and limestone are susceptible to staining and scratching. Granite is the most durable option.
If you're looking for an eco-friendly flooring option, bamboo is a great choice because it's a renewable resource: a bamboo plant grows to maturity in five years, much faster than hardwood trees which need 20 years or more to mature.
Bamboo flooring has many of the traits of hardwood flooring even though it's made from a type of grass. It's more water-resistant than hardwood and more resistant to scratching than hardwood floors made of oak or pine.
"Bamboo floors usually cost 25 percent to 50 percent less than hardwood flooring," says Jeff Brown of Custom Construx in Monrovia, Indiana. Like any other material, there are a variety of types of bamboo, and some types are more durable than others. According to Brown with Custom Construx, “There are types of strand-woven bamboo that have twice the density of any other hardwood floor in the world, with a score of more than 5,000 on the Janka hardness test."
It's also more affordable, with a base price for materials and labor costs around $2.75 - $3.50 per square foot to install. In most cases, you'll also need a quarter round (also known as a shoe mold) for the trim. This can be stained or painted, and the materials and labor for the trim start as low as $1.75 a square foot.
But how much will it cost to install bamboo floors? As an example, here's a breakdown of the costs for installing an 800-square foot strand-woven bamboo floor with Custom Construx:
Tear out and remove existing carpet: $280
Materials (bamboo and transitions): $3,600
Labor costs for installation of bamboo and transitions: $2,200
Quarter round trim (shoe mold): $325
Total cost: $6,405
Removing old floors
Another factor that can impact your total cost is whether or not you need someone to remove your old floors. In some cases, such as a home remodel where you're building an entirely new addition on your home, you won't need this. However, if you're replacing floors you will.
For example, Custom Construx starts at 35 cents per square foot for standard carpet removal.
If you need help moving furniture out of the room you're installing flooring in, some companies will help with this — for an additional cost. Right Step Moving charges $75–$125 per room.
Pouring concrete before installing floors
For some projects, you may need to pour concrete to level the under flooring before you can install you new floors on top. Right Step Flooring charges $1,000–$1,500 for materials and labor to pour concrete.
This is an expensive addition to your total price tag, and you can opt out. However, while you will save money in the near-term, skipping this step could lead to trouble down the line if you need repair work.
How to Save Money on Floor Installation
Before you head to the flooring store to pick out your new bathroom tiles or hardwood planks for your living room, consider the following tips. The right preparation before installation can help you save money and time, and avoid fixing mistake later on.
Consider your home's traffic patterns
Pick flooring with an eye to how much your family and pets will walk on it. High-traffic areas like entryways, kitchens, bathrooms, or mudrooms will need resilient flooring, so consider tile, laminate, vinyl, or sold wood. For less busy areas like bedrooms or offices, engineered wood, carpet or bamboo floors are good options.
Buy the right square footage
An installer will calculate exactly how much flooring your home needs by measuring the area of your rooms in square feet. Consider buying an extra 7 to 10 percent extra to allow for mistakes and future repairs.
Get your floors installed correctly
While you might be tempted to DIY your floor installation, letting a pro do the installing job will help you avoid costly mistakes and time-consuming do-overs.
Prepare to install flooring
Before having wood or laminate flooring installed, unpack it and it sit for one to three days in the room where it's going to be laid to let it adjust to the temperature and moisture. This is an important step because it keeps the wood or laminate flooring from buckling and creating ugly gaps between boards.