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What Is the Cost of Timber Flooring?

Last updated: 3rd Apr 2019

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The cost of timber floor installation averages $27.50/m2. It can range from $25/m2 or lower, to over $33/m2 depending on factors such as the type of wood and the cost of preparation work involved.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2018 pricing data compiled by ServiceSeeking.com.au. The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Timber Flooring Experts on the site from July 2016 to July 2017.
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Anton and Mike from Fortune Timber Flooring say that installing floating floorboards for a typical 50m2, 3-bedroom house costs $1,500 for labour. Materials are charged on top of this, and the cost of the materials along with extras like levelling work and skirting boards will bump up the total price.

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How Much Is Timber Flooring per Square Metre?

The general cost of timber flooring per square metre, varies based on the species and grade of timber chosen.

You may expect to pay around $50/m2 for timber with lots of imperfections and knots, whereas timber without any imperfections would cost you from $100 to over $150 per square metre. Mid-range prices sit at $55 to $80/m2.

The following table shows different timber flooring types and their costs in greater detail.

How Much Does It Cost to Lay a Wooden Floor?
Type of timber flooring Specific price ranges
Structural timber floors
(Typically 100mm and 150mm wide and 19mm thick)
Lowest timber grade: around $40/m2
Mid-grade timber: $50 to $70/m2
Highest timber grade $60 to $100/m2
Floating timber floors From $40/m2 up to $100/m2
+ Installation costs: from $30 to $40/m2 including underlay ($5 to $10/m2)
Parquetry flooring Simple patterns: $30m2
Complex patterns: $50m2
Without a border pattern: $45m2
Including a border pattern: $50m2
+ Sanding and polishing: $30 to $35 per m2 on average (materials not included}
Hardwood timber floorboards Low-grade timber: $50 per m2
Mid-grade timber: $55 to $80 per m2
High-grade timber: $100 to $150+ per m2
Blackbutt $65 per m2
Ironbark $85+ per m2
Jarrah $72 per m2
Bamboo $90 per m2

Installing wooden floors in your home may be more expensive than other affordable flooring options, but timber floors:

  • are extremely durable,
  • are easy to maintain,
  • increase your home resale value
  • are environmentally friendly and sustainable,
  • are available in many colours to fit your interior perfectly,
  • look gorgeous, warm and natural.
Gorgeous, warm and natural interior design

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How Much Does Timber Floor Sanding Cost?

Timber floor sanding costs, when calculated on a typical per-square-metre basis, go from $25/m2 to $60/m2, not including additional $8 to $15/m2 for the stain and polyurethane sealer.

The price goes up if the condition of the floor is poor and requires a lot of prep work prior to sanding.

Timber floor sanding

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How Much Does Timber Floor Polishing Cost?

Timber floor polishing cost per square metre is quite inexpensive and typically ranges from $25/m2 to $50/m2 plus GST, while you can get a bottle of floor polish for no more than $20.

Besides the condition of your floor and the prep work needed (e.g. punching any protruding nails or removing floor coverings and furniture), the price will also be affected by the type of polish you choose.

Timber floor polishing

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What Is the Cost of Timber Floor Repairs?

Depending on various factors such as the job scope, additional necessary services and the size of the area, timber floor repairs cost between $25/m2 and $30/m2.

For instance, the prices for timber floor sanding and polishing vary greatly and this service can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $8,000 depending on your region as well as a host of other factors. For an average three-bedroom home you may expect to pay around $2,500.

How Much Is Bamboo Flooring per Sqm?

The cost of bamboo flooring ranges from $50/m2 to $135/m2 including the surface preparation, underlay installation, and laying bamboo floorboards.

Installing a standard bamboo floor, in a space less than 30m2, will cost more than the same type of flooring work in areas up to 250m2 or larger, due to possible discounts for larger areas.

Bamboo flooring is an increasingly popular alternative to timber flooring because of its affordability, durability and many other advantages.

Floor made of bamboo

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How Much Is Parquetry Flooring?

Besides timber type and quality, your parquetry flooring installation price will primarily depend on the pattern you choose.

The cost ranges from $30/m2 for simple patterns to $50/m2 for more intricate parquetry with bordered patterns, while you’ll typically pay $45/m2 for parquetry without a border pattern.

What Factors Affect the Total Cost of Timber Flooring?

The classic elegance of timber floors fits perfectly in any style of house, from traditional to modern.

The price of a timber flooring job depends on two main cost factors:

Under these two categories, there are other factors that affect the overall price of the job.

Type of Timber

Timber floorboards come from different timber species. Some are more expensive than others, and each one of them varies in quality, colour, wood grain, and other characteristics.You can choose from the following popular types of timber for your floor:

  • Tasmanian Oak
  • Blackbutt
  • Jarra
  • Merbau
  • Victorian Ash
  • Spotted Gum
  • Cedar
  • Ironwood
  • Kempas
  • Grey Ironbark
  • Turpentine
  • Pacific Kauri
  • Northern Red
  • Bamboo

Labour

Of course, you’ll be paying for the time, effort, and skill of your floor installer.

Floor Preparation

Your existing floor needs to be prepped before the hardwood flooring is set. This process often involves making sure that the floor is clean and dry and applying a moisture-resistant coating or primer.

The final price goes up if you need to get underfloor insulation installed as well.

Floor Finishing

After the installation, your floors need to be sanded and a finish should be applied. This not only enhances the look of the floor but also improves its durability and lengthens its life. There are several finishes to choose from.

Hardwood timber floor

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What is the Cost of Timber Flooring Across Australia?

Timber flooring cost differences are considerable depending on where you hire your tradie in Australia.

Timber flooring cost

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Residents of Victoria have a good reason to update their floors as the cost of timber flooring in the state is relatively affordable. Floorers in the state charge an average of $25/m2 — one of the lowest prices for this particular service across the country.

Meanwhile, the cost of timber floor installation in Queensland sits at around $27/m2.

Although there isn’t too much difference, it’s still less inexpensive than the rate in New South Wales which is approximately $30/m2. This makes New South Wales the costliest place to have timber floors installed.

To ensure that your money will not go down the drain, you should only trust the experts.

ServiceSeeking.com.au has an array of expert timber floor installers who are keen to take care of your job. Just post the job details on the site so they can send you a free quote.

Disclaimer: Our cost estimates are based on quotes for timber flooring installation services and are useful as a guide only.

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