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Cost of Replacing Floorboards

Material Costs, Labour Fees and Time Frame Estimates for Floorboard Repair

Floorboard Replacing Cost

In the UK, many of those homes that have been around for quite some time have ground floors that are designed with every single floorboard nailed onto joists made of wood. In some cases, most first floors will also have the same flooring setup. New homes, on the other hand, usually have concrete floors that are solid or have floorboards.

Whether you want your floorboards exposed or want new flooring laid over them, you must ensure first that your floorboards are in peak condition before moving forward. They must also be firmly mailed onto the joists underneath. Laying a carpet over problem floorboards can easily mask the problem. But if you’re going for laminate flooring, it will certainly reveal major defects on the floorboards.

It’s common for older floorboards to have straight edges so getting them lifted up shouldn’t be a problem. Often, a bolster or a chisel with a wide blade is used for this purpose to ensure that the board gets gently prised and lifted up. It’s important to work along with the board while getting it prised up to make sure that there won’t be any damages. Expect a harder time when replacing floorboards that are tongue and grooved types. The floorboard repair job will require the use of flooring saw with a convex blade to cut through the tongue.

Otherwise, it wouldn’t be possible to lever the board up. Removing these types of floorboards require care and attention as you must make sure that the joists underneath aren’t going to be cut into by accident. Doing so will mean having to replace them which will just add to the overall project cost.

Check the Current State of the Joints of Old Floorboards for Repair

You’ll need to pay attention to the current state of your floor joists too whilst getting your old floorboards off. Do note that floor joists can last for several decades without any problems provided that they are well ventilated and insulated. Most problems concerning joists usually have to do with damp as a result of poor ventilation or lack thereof. In the event that the joists are rotten or damaged after you have had the floorboards lifted up, it is prudent to get the advice or the professionals. 

This is particularly true for instances where a dry rot I presence since it has a tendency to spread fast. Also, you wouldn’t want anybody to be exposed to the spores since they can have a harmful effect on humans when inhaled. Even the most experienced DIY-ers will find rot assessment to be beyond their capabilities.

Repair Loose Floorboards

It should be easy enough to get any loose floorboard fixed. Just replace the nails used to hold them properly in place using screws. Just have the nails removed and then use the same holes for the screws. You can also leave the nails and just drive the new screws right next to them. 

Make sure to countersink your screw holes. For a more professional finish, make a widen plug. If you have loose floorboards due to warping, make sure to have the board replaced. When replacing the boards, matching is not that necessary. Just make sure you will sand the floor later on and provided that you’re going to use a similar same wood type. 

Also, make sure that screw heads and nail heads are carefully punched below the surface prior to sanding. Also, even if you do intend to lay a carpet once the floorboards are all fixed, see to it still that no nail head is protruding.

Replacing Wood flooring

Fixing Split Floorboards

If you have a split floorboard, a strong wood glue can be used to fix and patch it up. Just apply it along the split part and then use wedged to help compress the edges tightly. However, this may not be possible if you have a jagged split or if it is way too large. When the floorboard is already severely damaged, you can just cut the section out and replace it instead. In some cases, that isn’t even a possibility so, completely replacing floorboards is the best course of action.

In cutting floorboards, make sure to make the cut over the joist to ensure that its ends can be easily and firmly fixed.  If you’re unable to find a replacement board with the same dimensions, go for a wider board and just use a planer to get it chiselled to the appropriate size. When in a pinch, thinner boards can be used and just use packing materials to get it to the correct level.

Floorboard Repair Costs

Repairing a noisy floorboard simply by getting it screwed firmly onto the joist is easy enough so, it can be done as a DIY task. Generally, it would help to secure some professional input. Getting your squeaky floorboards screwed firmly onto a rotten joist may resolve the noise problem temporarily but you may still have to pay for new joist over time since you cannot just expect the joist to hold for much longer especially in its rotting state.

Whilst many people often look at the possibility of hiring a professional to be just some additional expense, getting one does help you save more money in the process. When you hire experts, you can trust that they will get the job done more efficiently so, you won’t have to worry about redoing the work or needing fixes and repairs any time soon.

The final costs will largely depend on the current state of your flooring. If there is minor warping on the floorboards or if there are stains, correcting the problem shouldn’t be that difficult to do. The stains can be bleached or cleaned. A minor warping or damage can be corrected by sanding. However, for instances where there is significant damage, like a floorboard that got cracked or has broken quite significantly, replacing these floorboards may be the best thing to do.

Whether a tradesperson can be tasked to get the corrections done will still depend on the overall state of your floorboards. Minor damages should be easy enough for these professionals to rectify but major ones will usually require them to go through with replacing the entire floorboards. This can take longer to get done and will likely cost more as well. Expect tradespersons to charge around £200 to £250 for fixing major issues. If there are only minor corrections needed, the job may be completed in only a few hours, so it would cost less as well.

Cost Breakdown

When replacing floorboards but not repairing them, expect the total cost to be around £250. Of that, £25 goes to the materials and the remaining £225 will pay for the tradesmen fees.