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Online vs Local

Posted by jerzeegirl (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 20, 11 at 13:22

We just bought a house and are planning to tear out about 1,000 sf of carpet and replace it with engineered hardwood - probably white oak 3" planks (maybe quartersawn). Because we didn't see many houses with hardwood (which is what we want), right from the start we figured we would be replacing the floor of any house we bought.

There is a very reputable floor company in town and we like them very much. Their price for installing a white oak, high quality, finished floor is around $14.50 /square foot, which includes the installation (but not the moisture barrier glue which I think they said was another $1/psf (vinyl) or 50 cents psf for regular).

I can get an unfinished white oak on line for about $4.50/sf from what I think is a good lumberyard in Wisconsin. I don't know what finishing costs are but I'm guessing around $6/sf to install and finish (no staining involved). Let me know if I am all wet about this price.

There would be a significant savings to ordering online and getting a local installer to do the job.

Yet I hesitate.

Please let me know why I shouldn't do this. I am in the Sarasota area,

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RE: Online vs Local

Why would you not ask a local store about an on site finish. It should cost you no more in reality and you then have warranties. You are making an investment. Don't you want to be assured a return on your investment? You need to research posts on this site when you play flooring expert...It can be brutal and then it costs you triple.

RE: Online vs Local

I actually did ask about an on site finish and apparently it will cost roughly the same as buying the wood already finished. That made perfect sense to me. I am leaning towards using the local flooring store even if it does cost more because I like having someone close by if things go wrong, but so many people have had good luck with on line purchasing, I just thought I'd ask.

In any case, I would be using a local guy for the installation and finishing - it's just that the wood would come from a far off place (which it's coming from no matter which method I use).

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