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Updated: September 10, 2021

Floor Repair Estimates

Repairing flooring (vinyl, wood or tile) costs $364 on average or between $191 and $542. Because pros need to go through this layer to get to the structural elements of subfloors and joists, expect to pay far more for structural repairs.

It runs $40 to $60 per square foot for structural repairs. Repairing joists runs anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 for a 300 square foot room, depending on the extent of the damage.

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2. Average Cost of Floor Repairs by Layer

Floor Repair Cost Ranges
Floor LayerCost Per Square FootTypical Cost
Covering (carpet, tile, plank)$5 - $30$200 - $800
Subfloor$2 - $10$500 - $700
Joists$10 - $60$1,000 - $10,000+

Before diving too far into costs, it’s important to understand the differences and purposes of the covering, underlayment, subfloor and joists.

From the top down:

  • Flooring repair costs $2 to $30 per square foot. These include carpet, hardwood, vinyl, stone and natural tile.
  • Underlayment repair costs $0.50 to $5 per square foot to install. Not every room has this layer.
  • Subflooring repair costs $500 to $700 with replacement running about $2,500 per room. This layer, generally made from OSB or plywood, covers the joists.
  • Floor joist repair costs as little as $300 to $5,000 or more for large replacement jobs. These beams provide the main structural support for the floor.
  • a. Cost to Sister or Replace Floor Joists

    Sistering$100 - $300 per joist*
    Minimal replacement$2,000 - $5,000
    Replacing a room$5,000 - $10,000
    Replacing an entire level$10,000 - $30,000

    *Does not include the costs of opening the floor or ceiling and repairing them afterward.

    3. Cost to Fix a Floor by Problem

    Repair a Sagging Floor
    Level a Floor
    Fix Squeaky Floors
    Repair Water Damage

    a. Cost to Repair a Sagging Floor

    The cost to repair sagging floors depends on what’s causing it to sag. Repairs might include the subfloor, beams and joists. It may even require repairs to the foundation of your home. You’ll spend different amounts for these typical situations:

    • Foundational issues: $1,800-$6,500. Shifts in your foundation, cracks or poorly installed beams might cause your floors to shift and sag.
    • Rotting joists: $1,000-$5,000. Rotten joists happen from insect damage, water or dry rot.
    • Damaged subfloor: $300-$2,500. Most often, this happens from water damage.

    You can try to DIY diagnose and repair your sloping floors, but it’s usually a better idea to hire a professional.

    b. Labor Cost to Level a Floor

    Leveling a floor costs $2 to $30 per square foot (or more) depending on the process. For example, some areas with minor low spots might only need a few pounds of self-leveler for $0.50 to $1.50 per pound. On the higher end, areas with poor structural support might need joists sistered, subfloors replaced, and even beams installed to help support the load.

    Compare Estimates from the Best Floor Leveling & Repair Pros Near You

    Flooring Repair Costs

    c. Cost to Fix Squeaky Floors

    Fixing squeaky floors can cost anywhere from $200 to $1,000 or more. It all depends on accessibility. With unfinished basements, it’s easy to fix the problem from underneath, but second story floors aren’t easy to access. Use screws, shims or shank nails to penetrate through the subfloor and hold the squeaking plank in place.

    d. Cost to Repair a Water Damaged Floor

    You spend anywhere from $1,000 to $2,500 either refinishing or replacing sections of your hardwood due to water damage. If it requires replacement, you’re looking at double the price.

    Common problems and symptoms of water damaged wood include:

    • Buckling and/or crowning: Call a professional to identify the cause; then reattach the planks.
    • Fading/discoloration: Use stains to recolor the wood.
    • Warping: Identify the source of the moisture and replace affected planks.

    4. Flooring Repair Costs by Type

    Carpet$130 - $300$800 - $2,500
    Laminate$320 - $1,200$1,500 - $4,500
    Tile$250 - $600$1,000 - $ 10,000+
    Vinyl$200 - $1,000$800 - $2,700
    Hardwood$400 - $2,300$2,500 - $6,700

    Your type of flooring plays a large role in your total repair costs. Some of the most common ones include:

    5. Mobile Home Floor Repair Costs

    Mobile home floor repairs can run from $300 to $5,000 or more depending on the extent of the damage. Like any house, the amount of damage and your flooring type play the largest roles in the final bill. Expect the lower end for stained carpets and steep pricing for structural repairs and hardwood planks.

    • Small repairs: $300 to $600 for jobs only a few square feet in area and that don’t affect the subfloor or structural elements of your home.
    • Complete mobile home floor replacement costs $1,000 to $3,000 per room. Extensive damage affecting large sections of the floor might run $5,000 or more.

    a. Floor Repair vs. Replacement Costs

    Depending on the layer you’re fixing, it’ll run anywhere from $150 to $800 to repair your floors. You’ll spend $800 to $20,000 on replacements, depending on the layer you’re fixing or replacing. For the covering, installing new flooring costs $1,500 to $4,500.

    LayerRepair CostReplacement Cost
    Covering (carpet, tile, plank)$200 - $800$800 - $7,000
    Subfloor$500 - $700$1,800 - $3,000
    Joists$1,000 - $10,000 each$5,000 - $20,000

    6. Cost Factors

    When looking for quotes, besides regional pricing differences, you’ll need to consider both the condition and how accessible the damage is.

    Severity of Problem: Price depends heavily on how bad the damage is. For example, a minor stain in a corner of hardwood might easily sand off where large scale warping might mean a complete replacement. At this point you’re looking at a difference of thousands of dollars. Major repairs require more of the contractor’s time, materials and labor.

    Accessibility: How easy it is to access the damage makes a huge difference in price. For example, fixing a first-floor problem in a house with an unfinished basement gives your pro direct access to the problem. On the other end, rotting joists in a second story mean ripping out carpet, hardwood and drywall just to expose the problem.

    7. FAQs

    a. Are sagging floors dangerous?

    Sagging floors typically aren’t dangerous. But they do represent an underlying problem that could quickly become a danger to you and your family. Have your floors inspected.

    What causes a floor to sag?

    • Foundation problems including settling of the house.
    • Improper framing of the house.
    • Uneven subflooring.
    • Rot causing joists to decay.

    b. How much do basement floor crack repairs cost?

    Repairing cracks in your basement costs $250 to $800.

    c. How much does it cost to replace floor joists in crawl space?

    Replacing floor joists in a crawlspace costs $100 to $300 per joist if your pro can easily access the joists. If they are insulated or have any type of covering, you’re looking at $1,000 or more.

    d. How much do garage floor repairs cost?

    Garage floor repairs cost $300 to $500 on average.

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