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Question DetailsAsked on 8/24/2013

How much should i be looking to pay to have old ceramic tile removed , install cement boards and then install tiles

Olt tiles to be removed install cement boards because wood floor seem to be buckling and then install porcelain tiles approximately 900 square feet

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I am curious where this is in the house, with 900 SF of tile.

If the wood floor is buckling then you either have a structural problem, or rot - or both. You will need to remove the existing tile to see what kind of damage there is and what needs to be done before you can start rebuilding - about $2-3/SF tearout typically, much more if any built-ins or walls have to come out too because the water went under them or they were the source. Subflooring repair can be anywhere from $3/SF on up depending on whether floor joists or wall plates are rotted.

Then about $6-10/SF tile install in your case (typically around $7 with new mud slab or cement board), plus cost of tile which can run from $1 at cheapest to as much as $100/SF, depending on what you choose - typically about $3-5/SF for large area floor tile, for most jobs.

If you have visual access from the bottom (even if it means tearing a hole in a ceiling underneath) it would help a great deal, because then you could see if there is significant water damage all the way through the plywood or to the joists, and will likely also see where the water that likely caused this came from.

I would do this in three phases - demo to see what is there, then subflooring repair, then the tile job (and whatever else is needed, like plumbing repair).

You could have the tile contractor do the tearoff hoping it is only minor damage he can repair, or you could go with a kitchen and bath remodel contractor right off the bat so he can handle whatever is needed - starting with flooring tearout as the scope of work, then negotiate further remedial work as necessary.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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