Glued or Nailed same installation price?

Old 04-23-08, 07:54 AM
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Glued or Nailed same installation price?

We are re-doing a cabin floor. It's subfloor is concrete. In getting a bid we were told that the installation whether or not it is nailed or glued would be $5.30 a sf. True?

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Not a pro and I don't have an answer, but it could be "that guy's" price.

You should get 2 or 3 quotes on the same job.

Just a thought.
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I'll tell you that we in this area, (Big Orange box store) charge $3.25/sf glue or nail.

Obviously you can't nail into a concrete floor unless you build up the floor, so glue is your only option.
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Installation costs vary from area to area. What may cost $3.25 in OK may cost twice or more than that in NYC. Most installers charge about the same in a particular area because they compete for jobs.

One would think that if the big box is charging only $3.25 that the guys must be subcontractors. If on the payoll, it would likely be considerably more to cover costs of liability and workers comp.
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You cannot nail into concrete. A wood subfloor must be place over the concrete with a moisture barrier system under it, according to NOFMA & NWFA Standards. This adds expense in labor and in materials.

Gluedown over concrete is going to be more expensive then a nail down over an already in place wood substrate. You have extra labor applying the adhesive in sections at a time, the time it takes to be careful with the adhesive, the blue tape needed to hold it all together tight while it sets up, and the added cost of the adhesive. Compared to some roofing felt and staples or cleats.

So with subfloor, to nail into, it could very well be close to the same as a gluedown.(I'd be more on a subfloor)

I charge more for a gluedown then a fasten down(over an already installed wood subfloor), in labor cost. If someone is doing it for the same price, they are not very smart business men or women, as time is money. It isn't just beer money to a craftsman, that values his or her services.

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