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On average how long will it take to complete a job for floor laying?

I know the time will vary depending on the size and material of the site but I would like to know how long each step takes in the process.

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Jarett’s Answer

Every flooring is different...... but if your just wanting a ballpark timing for estimates I can give you a little quick help. This is just for flooring installing without any finish work such as base boards install, toilet removals, etc...

Carpet- stretch( 2 man team w/ average knowledge)
Let's say standard 3 bedroom living room and hallway............ that's one day for everyday carpet installer with helper. If you have any doubt AT ALL, then schedule for 2 days.... living room and hall 1st day and the 3 bedrooms the 2nd day. That way no pressure, you can focus, and ensure a non failed installation.

Floating floor install(laminate, some engineered wood, LVT planks, etc...)
For this look at the installation and give yourself a guess on your timing and then DOUBLE the number days you just said. Reason being, 1. ACCLIMATION. 2. the prep required to be in warranty standards the naked eye can't see til you can roll around with a6 foot level, has very very tight flatness parameters. You prep it right then the install can be right. In all my years that general double rule either came out about correct on time or better which is a bonus plus. Rare occasions it was longer but that always was from unforseen circumstance.

Hardwood-nail down or glue down
this installation timing you can go with the double timing, BUT!!! that's all you can give because until that wood flooring tells you it's acclimated inside the house only then your install timing can really start. ACCLIMATION must be done certain ways by manufacture. And use only the pinned moisture meters for testing not the pinless. For instance, here in hawaii with 80% and above for humidity, it took 2-3 months for the hardwood to completely acclimate before the install could begin. So if the customer wants an ACCLIMATION timing........ it's impossible because when the wood reads its ready only then can you begin.
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Logan’s Answer

Ruben,

As you said and are aware material will have a lot to do with it depending on if it is say engineered flooring, tile, laminate, carpet...etc.

However most contractors will use a factor of 2 hours per 100sqft for prep and typically 3 hours per 100sqft for laying of the floor.

Depending on material you will have a finishing process. Whether it be grout for tile, sealing wood floors. That is dependent on how you choose to finish it.

Let me know if you have questions.
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Kim’s Answer

Ruben,

I just had some work done on my house. The man doing the work has taught skilled trades classes in college, and is very good. I had a luxury vinyl laminate installed. It's supposed to be "pet-proof." We shall see. . .

The slow part is the preparation. He had to remove the old laminate floor, remove carpet in the bedrooms, remove baseboards (I replaced those too). Then clean up. He also had to move the large furniture as he went along. I had moved everything I could before he came. There was tile floor under the old laminate. He left that there, but, had to smooth out any rough areas. Once he started, it went very quickly, when he had a helper. The helper would take the planks outside to make the cuts. When he worked alone, that slowed him down. I would say the whole thing took about 4 days, including replacing the baseboards. But, I have a very small house.

He also did other work, including replacing all interior doors, electrical fixtures , and painting. This project dragged on for about 6 weeks, but, he squeezed in other customers on the side, such as while we were waiting for my doors to arrive.

I hope this helps a little!
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David’s Answer

The type of flooring your installing and how big the job is has a lot to do with how long the job will take. How many years of experience the flooring installer has is a big factor in the time it takes to finish a job. The person who taught me has been installing flooring for over 20 yrs and knows a lot of tricks of the trade to help get done quicker. Temperature, humidity, indoors, outdoors also play a role in how long certain parts of the job takes. Glue will tack up faster if it's in the sun or if there is more air flow. On average it takes me and the guy I work with can put down around 100yds of carpet, including tack strip and padding in roughly 6 - 8 hrs depending on the layout and how many seams that need to be done. I hope this helped answer your question
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