How much does hardwood timber flooring cost?

The cost of wood timber floorboards differs according to the type and grade of timber picked. Expect to pay from R1075.00 per m² (for a 10mm thick/2mm oak top layer, engineered floor) and upwards per m² including VAT.

It is important to note that pricing of wood flooring differs considerably depending on the timber you use, the grade and specifications of the timber, the size of the planks and the thickness of them. The overall finishing will also influence the price based on how you decide to seal the wood. And finally, the installation method will impact the price of the overall job.  

All of us enjoy the natural appeal of wood floor covering, but in some cases, we avoid it since we hesitate that it will cost be too costly.

Just how much does wood timber floor covering actually cost? Here’s what you need to understand.

  • Kinds of wood floor covering
  • Wood lumber type
  • How much does wood floor covering cost?
  • Employing a wood floor covering installer
  • Getting quotes for wood floor coverings
Hardwood timber floor in a modern open plan kitchen

Types of timber floor covering

There are a variety of different methods by which wood floor covering can be laid, consisting of: Floating wood floor covering: this is laid over your existing flooring, such as tiles, vinyl flooring, or concrete. If you currently have wood flooring or carpet, it will need to be brought up to date initially. A foam underlay is positioned below the flooring for sound insulation. The benefit of utilizing a real wood drifting flooring is that it can be sanded and refinished if needed, unlike wood laminate.

  • Structural wood floor covering: this kind of wood floor covering is laid on bearers and joists when the house is developed and is the standard type you will experience in older duration houses. Tongue and groove floor covering, as the name suggests, includes lumber boards that have a tongue on one side and a groove on the other, so that they secure together when laid. To assist in holding them in place, they are pinched down. Structural wood floors require appropriate ventilation in the sub-floor area so that the lumber does not warp.

  • Parquetry-block Parquetry is made up of short lengths of wood that can be laid in a range of patterns. This is normally straight glued to your underfloor and then covered and/or stained. It is hard-wearing and long-lasting, due to its density. Popular patterns consist of basketweave, brickbond, herringbone, and square-on-square.


Hardwood wood types 

A few of the more popular wood species you will stumble upon consist of Jarra, Ironwood, Blackbutt, Tasmanian Oak, Merbau, Grey Ironbark, Kauri, Spotted Gum and Bamboo. These can be found in a variety of colours, from reds (Jarrah) to browns (ironwood) to light tones (bamboo).

How much is hardwood floor covering priced?

When you get quotes for wood floor covering, you are most likely to get one by the square metre or for the entire task.

In either case, the cost will vary depending upon the kind of lumber you select. Normally speaking, there are 3 grades of structural wood readily available, with the least expensive having the most natural variation (knots and so on) and the most costly having the least. As a guideline, imported types cost more. Luckily, we have numerous kinds of native wood in South Africa to select from. These can differ drastically in price too.

Bedroom with hardwood flooring

How much does wood timber floor covering cost?

The cost of wood floorboards differs according to the type and grade of timber selected. Expect to pay:


  • R500 per square metre for low-grade lumber with a great number of knots and flaws.
  • Mid-grade lumber with some flaws costs between R550 and R800 per square metre.
  • R1000 to R1500+ per square metre for wood with a couple of or no flaws.

In regards to the types you select, standard-grade Jarrah can cost roughly 20-25 percent more than a quicker offered lumber like Blackbutt or Tasmanian Oak.

For private types, anticipate paying:

  • R650 per square metre for Blackbutt
  • R720 per square metre for Jarrah
  • R850+ per square metre for Ironbark
  • R900 per square metre for Bamboo
  • R1500+ per square metre for Parquetry

Keep in mind that these costs are a sign of just that and will differ depending upon where you live, how much preparation is included, and the intricacy of the task. You will likewise require to ask if sealing and oiling are consisted of in the price.


cClose up of a man installing hardwood floor boards

Hiring a wood floor covering installer

When it comes to working with an installer, take some time to make certain they are ideal for your task. Some questions to ask:

  • Are you guaranteed to operate in my house?
  • What length of time will my task take? Can you offer a composed quote?
  • Do you have any recommendations I can follow up on?

  • Can I see examples of your work?

At least, they ought to have public liability insurance coverage that secures you in case of a mishap or incident. If you work with an uninsured tradesman, you are constantly at risk of being held accountable if an injury or mishap takes place.

Hardwood floor installed in an open plan living room

Getting quotes for wood floor coverings

When you get quotes for timber floor covering, think about the expenses. However, likewise, think about the experience and track record of the installer. A polished wood floor is just as excellent as it looks when completed and, likewise, it looks as excellent in a year as it looks when it is laid. Laying timber flooring needs methods that enable the material to expand and contract without buckling or developing big spaces in between the floorboards. The flooring needs to be efficiently sanded and polished. These things need ability.

To see more ‘price of’ guides visit the ‘Cost of homes services‘ page to see a full list.


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