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Old 09-02-2019, 11:46 AM   #1
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Rough est of time to install engrd floor


I'm thinking about hiring a qualified installer to replace almost our entire home's carpeted floors with engineered hardwood over a concrete slab at grade. I'm curious about rough estimates of time to do that work on a typical room.

Let's say the scope of work for any room begins AFTER the room is empty and includes:
  • remove existing baseboard
  • remove existing carpeting
  • prep concrete slab with proper underlayment
  • install (probably glue) engineered hardwood (not thin snap-together sheets and not traditional 3/4" thick hardwood)
  • roll floor to help seal glue securely
  • reinstall baseboard
  • install quarter round
Let's say the living room (for example) is 500 sq ft.

Anyone want to hazard a guess if a "qualified crew" could do this job properly in ------ amount of time? Ballpark is good enough. Hours? Days? A full week?
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Old 09-02-2019, 11:59 AM   #2
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With 3 guys, we started a 12x16 bedroom at 8am. Removing all furniture, pulling up carpet and padding plus the kazillion staples, removing 1/4 round and base, vacuuming up 25 years of dirt that had sifted through, laying underlayment and installing 5" wide x 7/16" handscraped click lock bamboo. At 2pm we were reinstalling the base and 1/4 round. It goes really fast. One guy cutting and two laying.

Granted that was only 200 sf, but you can judge from that.

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Old 09-02-2019, 12:07 PM   #3
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Mods, merge these threads, please. https://www.diychatroom.com/f5/quest...-floor-666931/
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I would guess one guy and helper is going to take a couple days
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I day to remove all the carpet and make one trip to the dump. With 2 guys they will have time to remove tack strips and any staples. For each additional bedroom room I would allow 1 day for each which includes adding new base boards. For a 500 square foot living room I would allow 1-2 days.

A lot depends on the width of the engineered planks which can be anywhere from 3" to 5" in width and obviously the wider the planks the less time it will take to cover an area.

Very important to allow enough days for the wood to acclimate to the humidity in your house prior to installation. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations. Same applies to the recommended underlayment material to use.
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