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Question DetailsAsked on 8/19/2017

How much can I expect to pay to have ceramic tile (280 sqft) removed in Michigan? I have installer for new floor.

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I won't ask why your installer is not doing it - that is generally a far better way to do it, because then he cannot complain about the removal of grout or thinset not being adequate or the floor being out of level, nor canhe complain that the subfloor was inadequately prepared for the tile placement. Best to keep a given trade's work all with one contractor to avoid the possibility of finger-pointing.

Removal can run from around $1 some per SF for tile put down on an unbonded plastic barrier like Schluter Ditra on up to $10/SF for some full-contact epoxied-down-to-concrete mosaics - but generally around $3-4/SF is a common number, up to around $5-6/SF in high labor cost areas or where the debris has to be hand-hauled down stairs or elevator to the ground level.

Be sure if using a removal-only contractor that there is a CLEAR statement of the extend of removal of the tile AND the underlying mastic, grout, mud coat, or whatever is there - and the degree of removal of bits and skin layer from the subflooring, because while that generlaly is no big deal if a new mudcoat is going in, any significant stickup is a problem with glue-down or epoxied-down tile, and also with pretty much any type of non-tile flooring.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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