Hardwood Floor Cost
We are planning on building a home. In our current contract, there is hardwood flooring over 1230 sq ft of the first floor. 4" oak that will be finished and stained on site is included. The builder says the oak included is $5 per sq foot.
We don't like the look of oak. We preferred another wood--maple. The hard wood we preferred was listed as $12 per sq foot but is prefinished; no onsite staining or finishing required.
I wanted to find out if there is a significant difference in cost between the two with regard to overall installation. I would imagine that if wood is pre-finished and no onsite finishing and staining is requiried there should be a cost savings that would offset the difference in price of the wood itself. I am going to bet that our builder will say no difference in installation and charge us for the entire difference in cost ($12 minus $5) of the woods.
Advice? Thanks in advance