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"I want new oak hardwood floors installed in my kitchen"

I'm looking for someone to install hardwood floors in my renovated kitchen. Must replace the linoleum. Must replace it now!

wanted by: barbara (27) in Arlington, MA 02476 +
updated on: Oct. 9, 2012, 12:06 p.m. (5 years, 8 months ago)
posted on: Feb. 4, 2011, 2:15 a.m. (7 years, 4 months ago)
tags: flooring hardwood home improvement kitchen oak
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Oak Hardwood Flooring Installer

It took me a few years to come to love oak as a wood. Years ago, I was always a cherry or maple fan, I just didn't like the highly contrasting and figured grain in oak. Gradually, my tastes have changed and I've come to really love the character of oak.

It now seems to have much more personality than maple or cherry which, in hindsight, I think I liked because of their less "woodishness". Not a word, I know, but maybe someone out there understands :) After living with my own installation of hardwood floors for 3 years I can now say I'm a die hard oak fan.

We chose what i'd characterize as a medium color: not too dark, not too light. The beauty of the wood really stands out.

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As far as durability, because of its hardness, the floor has withstood the dings and dents that my old wide pine floor used to have. They added some character, for sure, but its nice to know that my oak floor is more durable. I've found it easy to keep clean and looks beautiful.

Also, my real estate agent friend says the oak wood flooring (and hardwood flooring in general) adds value to any property, which is nice, although we don't have any plans to sell right now! As we were designing it, we also found that it was very flexible as far as looks in that we had the option of getting various different grades, finishes and colors.

On a side note, we opted for environmentally friendly oak flooring. Ours was PEFC certified (Programme for the Endorsement of Forecst Certification) which came from a sustainable wood forest. The PEFC program seeks to curtail the depletion of natural resources, reduce energy waste and overall use and conserve ecosystems and landscapes, which was important for us.

comment Thanks Wendy...I know exactly what you mean by "woodishness" :) Thanks also for the PEFC info, I am going to look into that for sure! - barbara 7 years, 3 months ago
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Oak hardwood flooring options

There a many dozens of types of oak flooring colors and finishes you can consider when planning a new oak floor.

On the Armstrong website, you will see antique, distressed, bighorn, hand-scraped finishes as well as pattern options like herringbone and parquet (for all you Boston Celtics fans!)

They also show oak finishes like butterscotch, cherry, cimarron and dune as well as many others. Oak is very flexible and will allow you to customize a look that fits your home well.

If you are considering other woods, check out their birch, cherry, hickory, maple and walnut floors.
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According to Rob McNealy of the website "Ask A Floor Guy", there are many factors which impact cost estimate for installing oak hardwood flooring. Rob notes that the primary drivers of hardwood flooring cost are:
  1. hardwood floor species
  2. hardwood floor grade
  3. hardwood floor board width, and
  4. hardwood floor board finish

When comparing wood species, all other factors remaining the same, oak hardwood flooring is the cheapest alternative. Cherry, Maple and Hickory hardwood floors will increase your cost estimate and final installation price.

A local hardwood floor professional will be able to give you an accurate price estimate for you specific job, but plan on around $8.00 per square foot as an average cost for the oak hardwood flooring material, the flooring installation and finishing. So, if the room where you will install the oak hardwood floor is 14 feet by 10 feet (140 square feet), your final installation cost will be around $1,120.

If you choose to install wide plank oak hardwood flooring, the costs will increase to approximately $12 per square foot installed. In this case, the cost to install oak hardwood flooring in your 14 x 10 room will be around $1,680.

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