Floor Repair Cost

In this guide

Tile
Hardwood
Carpet
Laminate
Enhancements
Additional Considerations

How much does it cost to repair flooring?

Repairs to blemished or damaged floors can boost the appearance of a home and can be more cost-effective than replacing the material in a room. This cost guide looks at the cost of repairing a moderate blemish around the size of 25 sq.ft. in a 200 sq.ft. area including a variety of standard flooring materials.

Tile

  • Removing and replacing a few tiles is not easy or quick, but typically very cost effective. Tiles can crack, discolor or come loose and need repair.
    • $100-$500 in materials. Tile costs range greatly based on the style and material of the tile.
    • Tile layers typically charge between $40-$60 per hour, and it will take 3.5 hours to repair 25 sq.ft. of tile for a total labor cost of $140 -$210.
    • Total cost:
      • Low: $240.
      • High: $710.

Hardwood

  • Typically, repairing a hardwood floor means refinishing the floor. Ideally the entire area will be refinished to avoid an uneven final result. Stains, scratches or rotten floors will all need address.
    • Spot repairs, including replacing boards, typically cost $250-$600 for a 200 sq.ft. room.
    • Sanding 1, staining, and sealing 200 sq.ft. costs between $200- $400.
    • Flooring experts charge between $60-$75 per hour, this work would be expected to range between 10 and 12 hours, for a total cost between $600 and $900.
    • Total costs:
      • Low: $1050.
      • High: $1900.

Linoleum 2

  • Repairing linoleum 2 is typically not the approach taken by professionals. Because linoleum 2 is so inexpensive, when the floor needs to be repaired, it can usually just be replaced for a similar cost.
    • Materials for 200 sq. ft. cost between $500 and $700.
    • Labor to place the flooring is charged between $60 and $75 per hour, this work would be expected to take around 2 hours, for a total labor costs expected of $120 and $150.
    • Total costs:
      • Low: $620.
      • High: $850.

Carpet

  • Carpets can be damaged through flooding, stains or tears. Typically carpet repairs require replacing the material to address issues in the material and subfloor 3.
    • $600-$650 in materials. Carpet costs range greatly based on the style and fiber of the carpet.
    • Carpet professionals typically charge between $60-$75 per hour, it would take 4 hours to lay carpeting in 200 sq.ft., for a total labor costs of $240-$300.
    • Total cost:
      • Low: $840.
      • High: $950.

Vinyl 4

  • Vinyl 4 flooring typically suffer from lack of adhesion over time and scratches or scuffs. These repairs are typically done patchwork style, or by simply reapplying adhesive.
    • $40-$50 in materials including sheet vinyl 4 $20 for just adhesive costs.
    • Flooring professionals charge between $60-$75 per hour. Patching and/or reapplying adhesive in a 20 sq.ft. area will take 2 hours, for a total labor costs of $120-$150.
    • Total cost:
      • Low: $140.
      • High: $200.

Laminate

  • Laminate flooring is made to look like real wood, but is easier to install, and easier to repair. Buckling, scratches or stains can be replaced by unsnapping the flooring and replacing it. It is time consuming but inexpensive.
    • $60-$75 for materials to repair or replace a 20 sq.ft. area with new laminate planks.
    • Flooring experts typically charge between $60-$75 per hour. Removing surrounding planks, replacing damaged planks, and relaying planks is estimated to take 8 hours, for a total labor cost of $480- $600.
    • Total cost:<
      • Low: $540.
      • High: $675.


Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Add designer touches like wire brushing or custom aging techniques for hardwood floors for between $3-$5 per sq.ft.
  • Replace subfloor 3 under a tiled floor, it won’t take more than a few hours to repair, and it will cost around $10-$20 per sq.ft.
  • Add radiant floor 5 heating where flooring is being replaced for between $6000 and $14000.

Additional considerations and costs

  • When surfacing flooring that is damaged, especially with water damage or fire damage, the subfloor 3 or joists can be damaged:
    • Repair a joist for around $100-$300.
    • Repair a tilted, bouncy or wavy floor for between $1000 and $3500.
  • Costs can increase by up to 20% if the area is difficult to access (e.g.: stairs).
  • Damage to the subfloor 3 from insects or water can increase the cost significantly as the entire subfloor 3, joints 6 and beams may need replacing.
  • Minor stains in carpets can be cleaned for $50-$100.
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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Sanding: Process of removing the top surface of a material, such as wood, using sandpaper and/or a specialized sanding machine (for large surface areas)
2 Linoleum: An inexpensive flooring material made from linseed oil, resins, recycled wood flour, cork dust, limestone and mineral pigments, on a canvas or jute backing.
3 Subfloor: The bottom-most layer of a floor, supported by joists, over which finished flooring material is laid
4 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others
5 Radiant floor: A heating system using tubes or electric wires installed underneath the flooring
6 Joints: A fold, line, or groove where two pieces of material join together

Cost to repair flooring varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Alameda, CA
+35%
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Apex, NC
-5%
Arlington, VA
+38%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Boca Raton, FL
0%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Burlington, NC
-17%
Canton, GA
-5%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Conyers, GA
+9%
Davidson, NC
0%
Dayton, OH
-7%
Denver, CO
+1%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Elk Grove, CA
+6%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Wayne, IN
-7%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Fremont, CA
+35%
Frisco, TX
+23%
Gardner, MA
+11%
Hillsboro, OR
+15%
Hoboken, NJ
+23%
Honolulu, HI
+35%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Jersey City, NJ
+23%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Kent, WA
+9%
Laramie, WY
-35%
Lima, OH
-12%
Linden, NJ
+39%
Littleton, CO
+2%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Louisville, MS
-51%
Macomb, IL
-33%
Mesquite, TX
+7%
Miami, FL
+1%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%

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