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Flooring Replacement

The average floor replacement cost runs between $7 and $30 per square foot depending on the type of flooring material that needs to be replaced.

Since a replacement project involves the removal of old floors, its disposal, and prepping for and replacing the flooring, the pricing is significantly more than for a new flooring. Keep in mind that the cost to tear up old flooring and dispose of it is approximately $2 to $4 per square foot.

The final flooring cost depends on the total square footage of the floor, the flooring material cost, the scope of floor replacement, your zip code, local labor costs, and other finishing details.

DIY flooring replacement ideas may seem easy but they are not so much. Installing new flooring isn't a cakewalk. Even when you use relatively simple flooring materials such as vinyl or laminate, you'll have to be really careful about your floor installation calculations and precision cutting. Besides the fact that you cannot afford to go wrong with the measurements, you'll have to ensure that the floor patterns are just right.

Typically, the flooring installation process involves multi steps and is time-consuming. Even when you have the assistance of others, installing a floor on your own may sometimes take weeks or even months. And, if you're working with an uneven subfloor, it's always a good idea to bring in a professional for the flooring replacement.

Of all the flooring options, hardwood floor replacement is the most difficult to do. This type of flooring work involves special flooring nailers, extensive sanding with a drum-type floor sander, and an elaborate finish.

One of the easiest types of flooring is peel-and-stick vinyl tile floor replacement that comes with self-adhesive vinyl tiles. The tile floor replacement can be done within a few hours.

A few other types of good DIY replacement flooring options include carpet tile flooring, floating vinyl sheet flooring, laminate plank flooring, engineered wood flooring, and stained concrete flooring.

If you're looking to make some updates to your home, flooring replacement can make a big impact without breaking the bank. For instance, a hardwood floor replacement may give you the best return on investment, or ROI, since it's the most preferred flooring choice.

If you're planning to replace your flooring, you have many options to choose from - from popular types of flooring to cost-effective installation methods.

Some replacement flooring ideas require specialized skills and tools. These include long-lasting hardwood flooring, eco-friendly and sustainable bamboo flooring, gorgeous tile floor replacement, and classic wall-to-wall carpet flooring.

Then there are easy DIY flooring replacement projects such as click-together flooring planks made of vinyl, laminate, and engineered hardwood. This type of laminate or hardwood floor replacement has a tongue-and-groove system that makes it easier for you to insert them together and create a smooth surface.

Another amazing DIY alternative to conventional replacement flooring is to plan peel-and-stick carpet tile replacement or even cork tile floor replacement. These are easy to install and a boon if you want to replace your home's flooring but don't have the requisite tools or experience for a seamless floor replacement.

There are several replacement flooring options available in practically every price range. If you're really tight on your home remodeling budget, you might want to consider click-together planks or peel-and-stick tile floor replacement.

A little bit of study will go a long way in helping you choose the flooring material that will provide the best value for your money while also meeting your lifestyle needs.

Here are a few cost-effective replacement flooring options for you.

  • Sheet vinyl flooring is a popular choice as it's affordable, comfortable, and durable. Moreover, it's available in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
  • Linoleum flooring is low-maintenance, durable, water-resistant, and eco-friendly. However, it will require regular maintenance such as waxing every two to three years to avoid damage from sun exposure.
  • Laminate flooring looks similar to hardwood floors but is much cheaper to install. Moreover, it's easy to clean and maintain.
  • Carpeting is a soft and comfortable flooring option, a particularly great flooring choice for households with children. However do keep in mind that since hard-surface flooring options are considered better, more stylish, and trendy, a carpeted floor may decrease the resale value of your home.
  • Polished concrete floors are a relatively low-cost flooring option. However, you cannot do without a concrete professional as the installation requires mixing and pouring of concrete to a specific degree. If properly installed and maintained, this type of durable flooring can easily last a lifetime.

Getting the correct measurement of square footage is crucial for floor replacement. You also need to accommodate floor registers, stairs, pipes, corners, and alcoves.

Here's how to measure a room size and flooring cost:

  • 1. Note the width and length of your floor.
  • 2. Multiply the width by the length.
  • 3. Multiply this by the cost of the floor material.

The type of flooring material you use is perhaps the most important factor in determining the total cost to replace flooring. Here are some popular flooring materials, their pros and cons, and cost per square foot.

Flooring material Cost per square foot Pros Cons
Hardwood flooring $10 to $18
  • Rich-looking, adds value to a home
  • Easy to maintain
  • Beautiful patterns available including,
    herringbone, crosshatch, plank style, staggered, or parquet
  • Long-lasting
  • May warp in moisture
  • Needs regular sanding and refinishing
  • Expensive
  • Noisy flooring
Engineered wood flooring $6 to $20
  • Resistant to temperature fluctuations and moisture
  • Wide variety of options available
  • Easy to clean and replace
  • Suitable for under-floor heating
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • It's not all solid wood
  • Not much customization is possible
  • Cheap quality adhesives can lead to early deterioration
Laminate flooring $6 to $9
  • Easy to replace
  • Water resistant
  • Easy to clean with regular flooring products
  • Usually has a good warranty
  • Cannot be refinished, must be replaced if damaged
  • Does not add value to your home
  • Not waterproof
  • Needs to be tightly sealed or else moisture may cause swelling
Tile flooring $2.50 to $10
  • Available in a wide variety
    (ceramic, porcelain, stone, clay, glass, and handmade tiles)
  • Durable, long-lasting
  • Easy to clean and repair
  • Water resistant
  • Hard, cold-to-touch surface
  • Replacement and repair require special tools
  • Needs to be sealed every few years
  • Can be slippery if wet
  • Not a DIY project
Vinyl flooring $3 to $10
  • Can be placed over your old floor
  • Waterproof
  • Quite durable
  • Soft surface
  • Easy to maintain
  • Adds no value to the home
  • Difficult to remove
  • Tears or gouges can occur easily
  • May fade in direct sunlight
Carpet flooring $1 to $3
  • Available in various colors, patterns, and styles
  • Soft, warm, and comfortable
  • Economical flooring option
  • Absorbs noise
  • Seams may show if not professionally added
  • May develop wear patterns in high-traffic areas
  • Prone to staining
  • May attract bugs and dust mites

Kukun's flooring cost estimator is a useful tool to help you calculate your floor replacement costs and ROI instantly. The calculator works on the basis of relevant parameters that affect the total flooring cost.

Simply enter your specifications and the result will give you a realistic estimate of your cost to replace flooring, right away!

Getting an estimate through Kukun's flooring replacement cost estimator is simple, is a confidential address-based estimator. Just follow the steps below to get the total remodeling cost instantly.

1. Select the type of flooring you currently have:

  • Carpet flooring
  • Engineered hardwood
  • Solid hardwood
  • Laminate flooring
  • Luxury vinyl plank flooring
  • Luxury vinyl tile flooring
  • Ceramic tile
  • Porcelain tile
  • Stone tile
  • Herringbone flooring
  • Mosaic flooring

2. Enter the square footage of flooring that needs replaced

3. Choose the type of flooring you want to add from these options:

  • Tiles (ceramic tile/porcelain tile/luxury vinyl tile/stone tile/luxury vinyl plank flooring)
  • Wood (engineered hardwood/solid hardwood flooring)
  • Carpet (carpet flooring)

4. Select the finish level for your new floor:

  • Builder grade
  • Mid grade
  • Luxury grade

5. Enter your address to calculate the recoup value

(You can rest assured, we do not share this information. It just helps us give you a better cost estimate as labor and material prices vary widely by geography.)

And there you go! An estimate for your flooring replacement cost and recoup is ready!

With this free estimate, you can analyze your finance options or hire a professional for their floor replacement services. Moreover, you can easily explore each contractor's profile, check out their online reviews, and view their previous permits.

Your house's flooring is an important part of its appeal. A great-looking, quality floor will improve the look, value, and comfort level of your property. Once you make the commitment to replace your flooring, you need to know how much of an investment you require for this home renovation.

A floor replacement cost estimator helps you organize your home improvement project and effectively manage milestones and costs. You can set a realistic budget for your home renovation while ensuring that you don't stumble across any unwelcome surprises during the execution of the project.

Hardwood floor replacement is one of the most popular and desirous home improvement projects. Of course, it's also the most expensive.

Wooden flooring renders a feeling of warmth in a room. The natural material is not just pleasing to the eye, it's durable and long-lasting, too. The thickness of solid wood floors can range from 3/4" to 5/16".

Here are some popular wood species with their costs per square foot.

Wood species Cost per square foot
Brazilian walnut wood $5 to $9
Pine wood $2 to $4
Hickory wood $3 to $6
Maple wood $3 to $6
Red oak wood $2 to $6
White ash wood $5 to $6
Bamboo wood $2 to $4

Shower floor replacement needs the greatest planning and attention than any other living area of your house. It's important to choose the appropriate flooring material for the bathroom - more so for the shower. Here, functionality and safety concerns should take precedence over the appearance and cost of the shower floor replacement.

The right shower floor replacement can make your bathroom look great and create an atmosphere that you can enjoy for years. Alternatively, incorrect material or a shoddy shower floor replacement could result in a huge mess and a waste of money.

When planning your shower floor replacement, you need to remember that the area is exposed to massive amounts of water. Your shower's tile floor replacement should be such that the tiles or floor materials are water-resistant, slip-resistant, and easy to maintain.

Here are a few shower flooring options that look great and do not get easily damaged:

  • Marble flooring
  • Mosaic tiles
  • Travertine
  • Ceramic and porcelain tiles
  • Vinyl
  • Concrete
  • Pebbles

Planning your floor replacement will make the remodeling work easy and quick. Here are some tips and tricks for a seamless replacement:

  • Set aside a realistic budget for your project with a margin of 20%t extra.
  • Ensure that flooring is the last project to be completed if you're planning a complete home renovation.
  • Have a good idea of the total square footage that needs floor replacement.
  • Choose your flooring material according to the traffic flow, not just for how it looks.
  • Work with expert flooring contractors to add to the beauty and value of your home.
  • Make sure that the floor contractor removes the old floor completely and levels the surface before adding a new one.
  • Ensure they dispose of old flooring properly.
  • Check your local building code for permit requirements.
  • Get a warranty or guarantee and a written contract from your contractor with details of the schedule, deadlines, and payment information.
  • If you're not in a hurry to remodel, try to avoid the busy spring and summer seasons

These steps will help make your flooring removal and replacement project smooth and hassle-free.

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