How much $$$ to remove tile floor?

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Old 09-22-08, 06:40 AM
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How much $$$ to remove tile floor?

We want to remove all of the ceramic tile in our house and had planned on doing it ourselves, but...we just spent both days this weekend removing tile and barely got the kitchen (small area) done. Not to mention the physical toll it has taken on us. If we hire it done how much should we expect to pay?
 
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that depends on the area you live in ?

some area's could be from $.50 to $1.50 a sq.ft. to remove.

additional for cementboard, etc.
 
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Many rent a pneumatic chisel to remove large areas of tile. It certainly makes for faster removal than trying to remove one tile at a time with hammer and chisel.
 
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I got a quote today for $3/sq ft for ceramic and $2.25/sq ft for engineered wood (glued).
 
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like I said.....depends on the area you live in.
 
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that depends on the area you live in ?

some area's could be from $.50 to $1.50 a sq.ft. to remove.

additional for cementboard, etc.


Dang!!! I wouldn't even get out of bed for those prices.

I charge around $4 a foot to remove and haul off ceramic tiles. With cement board add another $2 a foot. Then $2 a foot to grind the thinset off the substrate.
 
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Dang!!! I wouldn't even get out of bed for those prices.
Hard to say what the right price is. Every job is different and there is not nearly enough info here.

As to Ceramictec, I see he is from Florida. I've heard that if you want to work there, you have to be willing to work at some pretty cheap prices. Thats just the market he is in. Very competitive pricing in Florida to say the least. Thats just the way it is there.
 
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definitely cheap down here.
hauling it to a dump would add more and also grinding the floor.
with hauling it would add another $1.50 for the dump fee and labor

people are cheap in Florida and that's why they move here.
most try to do the rip up themselves if the price is too high...ohh well.

most of the slab installs here come right off with a wide bit chipping hammer. 500 foot could be removed in 4 hours
 
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I had the guy come out and give me a price. It ended up $2.25/ft for either floor type. That is to remove flooring and mastic and haul away. We told him to do it! This is the first time I am paying for labor and NOT regretting it!
 
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This is the first time I am paying for labor and NOT regretting it!
No back aches tomorrow morning, hey you cant put a price on that.
 
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glad you found someone that was priced right for you and not over inflated.
 
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Well, things did not exactly work accoring to plan. First off they show up with only the machine for the wood floor. (Now keep in mind we are having 200 sq ft of wood removed and 800 sq ft of ceramic.) Then the machine was not heavy enough so about 3 boards in they gave up.

In order to make some progress they went to the local HD and rented a couple of rotary hammers and went to wok on the tile. Much to my dismay...whatever thinset came up with the tiles is all they took up. Since their supervisor had told me that they would finish the slab to the point they normally did for their installers I ASSUMED that meant taking up the thinset too! NOT! Sooo...we spent twice as many hours as the guys I PAID to do the work in order to get the finish we wanted.

And they still have to come back to do the wood floor...

Once again I realize why I HATE to pay for labor. Whatever the job we never get the results we want unless WE do it.
 
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you don't pay until they are done and did what you wanted.

so tell them to get yo the thinset and then you'll pay them.
 
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Well, things did not exactly work accoring to plan. First off they show up with only the machine for the wood floor. (Now keep in mind we are having 200 sq ft of wood removed and 800 sq ft of ceramic.) Then the machine was not heavy enough so about 3 boards in they gave up.

......Sooo...we spent twice as many hours as the guys I PAID to do the work in order to get the finish we wanted.
And they still have to come back to do the wood floor...
Once again I realize why I HATE to pay for labor. Whatever the job we never get the results we want unless WE do it.

I think this is the problem that you always have with labor. First you have to try to get a good price, but in the end you never know what you will pay anyway because they might take twice as long as planned. When we were building our Florida property we also had lots of problems with the builders. In the end I have to say that often the companies or people who charged the higher prices in the beginning ended up being the cheapest because they did their work as planned an in time.
 

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Yeah, sometimes the lowest bidder is the lowest bidder for a reason...
 
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A very specific contracts keeps the "I thought that was part of the deal" from coming up and causing expectations not being met.


Sorry, but I have to LOL, now.
 
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