Calculating bamboo flooring installation expenses


How much does it cost to install bamboo flooring?

Cost of bamboo flooring installation affected by many aspects and total expenses of such project primary depend on bamboo flooring prices and labor cost to finish the work. But calculating total expenditures for installing new bamboo floors number of additional factors should be taken into account. Flooring contractor will calculate the cost after taking on site measurements and analyzing work complexity. Itemized estimate will reflect all charges and fees associated with installation.

Estimating bamboo floors installation expenses

Bamboo flooring prices comparison materials-prices

Comparing to other flooring materials bamboo floors are not the cheapest options, but depending on type and quality some bamboo flooring products are very affordable. On average it is cheaper than hardwood floors, but more expensive than laminate flooring. Engineered horizontal natural bamboo is one of the most popular options and relatively low price makes this flooring very affordable for majority of homeowners. Some strand woven hand scraped bamboo with premium finish have significantly higher price but might be one of the best eco-friendly flooring solution for high end custom houses.

Determining labor cost for bamboo floors installation labor-cost

Cost of man power will depend on difficulty of a work and project size. Standard installation might be calculated as per square foot fee. Flooring contractor will charge extra for preparation, fixing subfloor, installation of baseboards and shoe base molding. Demolishing and hauling away old flooring covering materials will be priced based on time required for completing the task and an installer’s hourly rates.

Laying floating click-lock bamboo flooring will be estimated at minimum charge if no time consuming preparation work will be involved. Labor cost will significantly increase for nail down / staple down or glue down solid and engineered bamboo floors.

Normally a contractor can give better prices for bigger projects and estimate the work at significantly higher rate per square foot if it is 300 of less sq. ft. of bamboo flooring has to be installed.

Shopping for bamboo flooring shopping

Purchase bamboo flooring on sales at major local and online flooring retailers if the budget is low. Buy discontinued products, but make sure to get more than a recommended waste percentage. Install different colors and finish wood in each room and get small and odd lots which are usually the least expensive option. Cheaper flooring doesn’t necessarily means it won’t last long or be less durable, but selection will be significantly limited compare to new bamboo products.

Estimating installation time estimating-time

Two professional installers should be able to complete nailing down 3 3/4” wide bamboo flooring planks in one 11 x 11’ room in about 5 – 6 work hours including baseboards installation. Floating engineered floors normally will be installed faster and crew of three professionals can complete installation of bamboo flooring in the whole 1,800 – 2,100 square feet house excluding bathrooms in about 2 work days. If the planks are wider than 4.5” the flooring should be glued to subfloor and the installation process will consume much more time.

Work complexity work-complexity

Click lock engineered bamboo flooring is relatively easy to install and can be done as a do it yourself project following a manufacturer installation instruction. Gluing down or nailing down solid bamboo is more complicated process and reducing overall cost by cutting labor expenses might not be the smartest idea for inexperienced homeowners. It is always better to hire flooring contractor to perform such work. Poor install floors will cause a significant reduction in lifespan and any manufacturers’ warranty won’t cover the losses related to improper installation. With lack of experience it will take longer to finish the project and hiring a pro will not only ensures quality of the work but will save a valuable time as well.