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How Much Does Solid Oak Flooring Cost?

Solid hardwood flooring comes in a variety of grades and hardness. The wood flooring grades that are the hardest are popular in homes that are historical or require specific detail to match the style of the home. Oak flooring is a very popular option due to the natural patina of the wood and the grain pattern.

The Costs

  • Minimum cost: $8 per square foot

  • Maximum cost: $14 per square foot


Engineered oak

Engineered hardwood is compressed in several layers to create one solid plank. The result is a hardwood flooring system that reduces heaving and moisture infiltration as readily as other types of hardwood. It has a tighter grain pattern for a more uniform look but may look less natural than solid hardwood.

3/4-inch solid hardwood planks

Hardwood planks in 3/4 inch thickness is the most common style used in homes. Homeowners have the ability to re-sand and stain it over the years if they desire to change the style. They are typically installed over a plywood substrate. Oak 3/4-inch hardwood is also a common style to use with 5/16-inch solid hardwood to provide a contrasting grain pattern with wood that is already glued down.

5/16-inch solid hardwood planks

A 5/16-inch plank is thinner than a 3/4-inch plank and is typically used with an adhesive on a substrate such as plywood. These planks are also installed with a top-nail pattern. The floor is sanded down after installing the nails and typically provides a smooth finish. The end result of installing 5/16-inch planks is a more modern and streamlined appearance compared to 3/4-inch plank hardwood.

Tongue and groove oak flooring

The tongue-and-groove system is one of the more durable hardwood options. It can be installed as a floating floor system, which reduces the heave and expansion of hardwood due to humidity and drafts. It's considered a DIY-friendly flooring method that simply requires an underlayment and mallet to connect the groove joints together and butt it against the baseboard.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Solid Oak Flooring

Solid oak is one of the hardest and most durable hardwoods available. Oak is also a traditional wood that has a strong grain pattern that provides a very rustic feel to the floor. It is also the most common flooring used in older homes. As a result, it can be relatively easy to replace floor planks and match the wood grains due to the incredibly large variety of oak available on the market. Oak can also be refinished for a lifetime due to the hardwood nature of the floor and tactile strength of each plank.

Homeowners may find that oak will not work as well with transitional decor or smaller rooms. Oak has a distinctively dark appearance when stained and may not compliment rooms that are already dark.

Last updated on Apr 1, 2015

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