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Question DetailsAsked on 12/21/2014

how much should it cost to remove laminate wood flooring in Los Angeles?

Water damage destroyed kitchen flooring - engineered wood - and can't match what's left so need to remove it all and replace. How much will it cost to remove about 800 SF and get the concrete slab underneath ready for new flooring?

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Engineered flooring is almost always a "floating" floor, so hopefully no glue underneath - probably just flooring and maybe a pad. Removal and disposal cost around $0.50-0.75/SF most likely - particularly if done by people doing the new flooring, as they tend to give a pretty cheap removal rate if getting the reflooring part of the job too. Stand-alone removal only maybe nearer $0.75-1/SF by a flooring company, the above rate by Handyman.


Prepping the concrete depends on what is going on top of it - probably nothing needed except drying out for laminate or tongue and groove or snap flooring unless significantly rough or out of level, likely $0.50-1.00/SF range if clean (no glue) but needs removal of the smooth trowel surfacing for laying tile or stone, about 1/4-1/2 that to roughen the surface for glue-down flooring like linoleum/sheet vinyl. If very rough or uneven or lots of old glue or other adhesive on it, can run up to more like $1-2/SF for levelling and prep.

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