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Question DetailsAsked on 6/19/2011

Floor Installation Costs

I'm putting either marble or limestone floors into my new, 1700 sq ft condo. I was warned that installation is quite pricy, but I'm worried I'm being overcharged. The material itself is pricing out to roughly $4 sq ft which I can live with, however installation is all over the place. I've heard $5.50 for marble installation is average, but I'm being quoted $2.50 for soundproofing & installation, $.25 for transportation, and $1 for sealant. I think I'm definitely being ripped off for sealant and transportation and am skeptical about the soundproofing quote. Can anyone please shed some light as to what I can expect to pay.

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Speaking as a flooring business owner since 1998, every condo application has always had more work involved: parking issues, storage of materials/tools, limited working hours, extra efforts to keep common areas clean, disposal of trash and dirty water from wet saw, logistics in general. This is the reality and every professional with experience will want to get compensated for their time under these conditions. While every region has its set of prices, the prices you have been quoted are in line. I am however surprised on the low cost of the material. This could ultimately prove to be challenge for the installer. Marble/Stone in this price range is usually of poor quality. Lots of fills with resins or latex makes for a weaker product, not square or inconsistant edges, thickness varies and more importantly the fills do not take sealers.

In Austin, Texas, these prices are right on, except every condo project I have ever worked on required leveling of the slab. Yet, there is no mention of this in your numbers. Unfortunately, every job is unique, so some may require more or less. However most projects of this size will range between $500 - 1200. All natural stone is not easy to work with and requires extra care and a detail oriented crew. As for the sealing, I would want to know what quality of sealer is being used but the price is right on. Assuming they know how to apply it to manufacuture's specifications.

Perhaps, you can save money by transporting the material and/or doing the sealing on your own. Be prepared to carry over 6000 pounds and have sore bones by lefting and being on your knees sealing.....

Answered 7 years ago by jns

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I forget how much I paid in one of my old homes, but I know it was a lot cheaper at Floor Depot on 35/1604 than at Home Depot. We did installation ourselves and it was a breeze

Answered 7 years ago by DevonBep

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Marble or limestone are natural products so installation require a mud not thin set base and is going to cost more than tile to install. Sound proofing is a good idea since you live in a condo and I assume you are not on the first floor. You association or municpality probably has specifications that an installer must follow for sound proofing. Due to high gas prcing companies are either charging for gas or shipping to the job site and your product will be very heavy if you are doing your entire condo. Sealing you stone is important but $1.00 sq. ft sounds high. I would check several retairl stores & installers in your area and compare all the pricing.

Answered 7 years ago by Ultimate Carpet Care




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