If you have recently decided to install a hardwood floor, you may be surprised by the vast span of prices. One type of hardwood flooring, depending on the retailer, may sell for three very different prices. Not surprisingly, there are a number of factors that can cause hardwood flooring prices to drop or climb, and it is not just the specific type of hardwood you choose.
Heartwood vs. Outer Rings
If any part of the hardwood flooring is made from heartwood, this has a tendency to drive prices up. Heartwood can only be harvested from the heart, or core, of really old trees. It produces a very desirable appearance for anyone that wants a unique look to his or her floors. Conversely, flooring planks taken for the outer rings of the hardwood tree are going to be far less costly because they are similar in appearance to the wood harvested from younger trees.
Pretreated vs. Untreated
Untreated hardwood is bare and open to the elements and wood-chewing pests. This is why so many lumber companies treat the wood that they produce with a chemical that keeps the wood from dry rot, water and pests like termites. Although pretreated wood for your floors is going to cost more than untreated wood, it may be worth the extra cents or dollars per linear foot if you live in an area where termits and wood-boring pests are common.
Prefinished vs. Unfinished
Additionally, wood that has been stained, waxed or painted and sold "prefinished" is more costly than unfinished wood. Because prefinished wood cuts out the extra steps of painting, staining, waxing and sanding (in between coats of whatever wood finish you choose), customers are charged for the convenience factor of not having to do the finishing steps on their own. Unfinished wood flooring is less expensive, but you will either have to do all of the finishing work yourself or hire a flooring contractor to install and finish an unfinished floor, thereby increasing the cost of your floor.
The Distance Traveled
One final factor in the cost of hardwood flooring (besides supply and demand) is the distance the wood traveled. If you import Canadian Rocky Mountain pine floor boards, it is going to cost you far more than if you bought common pine boards just down the street from where you live. The farther away from your home the wood was, the more you will pay per linear foot and for the freight shipping costs. One example of a particularly prized hardwood with a hefty price tag due to distance traveled is teak.
To learn more, contact a company like Ambrose Randa Hardwoods.