Water Damaged Pre Engineered Wood Condo Flooring

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Posted by: from Toronto
3/18/2013 at 5:34:52 PM

A portion - 8 ft x 5 ft square of my condo flooring was damaged by flooding. It is now buckling and has air pockets. It is pre engineered hardwood flooring in a tongue & groove installation.

Can anyone give me an idea of what ballpark cost I may expect to be paying for this kind of repair and what I should be looking for in a contractor?

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Date/Time3/18/2013 at 6:20:11 PM

You want to look for someone who will specialize in flooring. Who is clean and nest worker and has a registered business. This situation will require the floor to be removed from one wall all the way to the end of the damaged area and reinstalled.

The price depends on the amount of floor that needs to be removed and reinstalled and the amount of baseboard that has to be removed and reinstalled. Shouldn't be more than $500 unless the room very large.

I hope this helps in you in your project. Have a great day.



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Mark in Cambridge
Date/Time3/18/2013 at 6:41:31 PM

First thing you need to do is remove the old flooring and make sure to dry area properly. Water will continue to wick throughout the flooring til you do.

The cost depends on how the new flooring will match into your existing flooring. The repair itself should be about 3 to $400 plus materials (approx $150). Then if you want all your your tiles to look close to identical you may need to sand the whole floor area.


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Date/Time3/18/2013 at 7:09:07 PM

I would strongly suggest you replace all of the laminate in the room. Unless it was recently installed and you can pick up the same product. You will have a foam underlay beneath the flooring. And it will be retaining water in the concrete floor below. I would remove all of it and let it air for a day. Very good quality laminate is relativly inexpensive these days.

Now if the room meets another with the same laminate. You are looking at replacing all of it. The instillation is simple and quick. If you are in a condominium building the contractor will have to take into account tool delivery etc in the elevators.

I have renovated many condo's in the GTA, so it is all easy to arrange, but the timing can be a little irritating.

A good quality laminate with a C5((Commercial grade) finish is from 3.40 to 4.00 a square foot to purchase. I can pick up fantastic C3 finish (Residentia)l for about 2.15 a square foot.

I would charge based on time. You should post the square footage of the entire room, and let us know if it runs into another area. that way, contractors can give you a better idea of cost.

Good luck with it.

By the way, are you sure the cause of the original leak has been delt with properly? Be sure before you do anything.

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Leo from Your Handyman in Milton
Date/Time3/18/2013 at 9:45:40 PM

I agree with James. First thing you need to do is to remove the floor and make sure is good and dry under it. Second thing you need to worry about is matching the existing floor, if it's a few years old is gonna be very hard to match it, even if you are lucky enough they still make the same brand and colour, it probably wont match 100% due to discoloration/wear. Chances are, you'll need to do the whole room.

Good luck


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