The floor is the foundation of your home. We often overlook it even though we feel it under our feet every day. But when it comes to flooring renovations, it’s important to know what you’re doing before you start.
That’s why we’ve created this guide—to walk you through everything from choosing the right materials for your project to the estimated costs and burdens of each type of flooring.
Let’s dive right in!
How Much Does It Cost To Demolish Existing Floors?
Glued floor removal costs between $6 and $7 per 3 square feet, and the process can be challenging, depending on the glue used. This method is often used on wood plank floors, but you can also use it on laminate or linoleum.
You can usually remove glued floors by applying a solvent to the edges of the adhesive. Then you need to chip away at it until there’s enough space for someone to get under it with a crowbar and pry up the floor.
There are several drawbacks to this process:
- It can take several days to complete
- It can damage surrounding walls if they’re not built properly
- If you don’t remove all the adhesive, you’ll have difficulty laying down new floors evenly.
Removing tile floors is a big job, and it’s not cheap. It can cost anywhere from $2 to $7 per square foot. The exact cost will depend on the room size and the type of tile used on your floors.
Removing tile floors leaves behind a lot of dust and mess in the room, so that’s something to keep in mind if you have allergies or asthma or don’t want to deal with cleaning up later on.
Besides that, removing tile floors may cause damage to your subfloor if you don’t do it right (which is likely if you plan on doing it yourself).
Attached Floating Floors
Removing attached floating floors like laminate flooring costs $1.95 per square foot on average. The process involves removing all the existing flooring and adhesive, then replacing it with new flooring and adhesive.
This is a fairly straightforward process, but there are some drawbacks to this method:
- If you have a large area of attached floating floors (around 2,000 square feet), you may need help. If you’re uncomfortable using saws or drills, you may want to hire a professional.
- Even if you’re careful, removing floating floors can damage your subfloor.
- These floors leave behind adhesive particles that can harm pets and children.
Carpet removal can cost between $1 and $1.5 per square foot. This depends on the condition of your carpet and how much of it you’re removing.
The process involves cutting out the pieces of carpet that you need to replace, cutting off the tack strips (the little strips that hold down the edges of the carpet), vacuuming up all the debris from your old flooring, and installing new flooring.
What Are The Different Types Of Flooring, And What Do I Need To Know About Them?
Tile floors are an affordable and durable option for flooring material. Installing them costs about $4 and $14 per square foot and will need a thin set before laying.
The price may vary based on the size of the job and the materials used. Tile floors are easy to clean—just sweep or mop them regularly—and they’re great for people who have allergies because they’re hypoallergenic.
Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home, but they have a few drawbacks.
- They’re expensive to install. You can expect to spend $6 to $18 per square foot.
- They don’t respond well to humidity and changes in temperature, so you’ll have to be careful where you install them.
But there are also many benefits to hardwood floors: they’re durable, easy to clean and maintain, and can last for decades with proper care.
Engineered wood floors cost $4 to $9 per square foot, depending on the wood and finish. Although engineered wood is less expensive than natural wood, you should still budget several hundred dollars per room.
While engineered wood floors are more durable than traditional hardwoods (as they have more layers), they are still prone to water damage and fade quickly when exposed to direct sunlight or humidity.
Laminate wood floors are a popular choice for homeowners who want a more affordable alternative to traditional hardwood floors. Laminate wood flooring costs between $2.7 and $11 per square foot, depending on the quality and type of laminate used.
Laminate wood floors are not moisture-proof, so they’re not suitable for bathrooms or kitchens. As you cannot refinish them once installed, it’s imperative to pick a color scheme you love and stick with it!
Luxury Vinyl Planks
Luxury vinyl planks are a popular option for people who want the look of hardwood or stone but don’t want the high maintenance. They’re between $1 and $5 per square foot, which is significantly less than the cost of real wood or stone.
However, they’re not immune to dents, scratches, and scuffs. They can also warp if they get wet too often.
The Bottom Line
When you’re ready to renovate your floors, it’s important to remember the basics: hire a professional, make sure you know what you’re getting into, and don’t skimp on quality. The last thing you want is to get halfway through your project and realize that it will cost twice as much as expected.
The good news is that professionals can help you pick out flooring that will look great and withstand the wear and tear of daily life. They’ll also be able to help with installation so that you don’t have any issues when the time comes for the big reveal!