How Much Do Floor Repairs Cost?

Normal range: $201 - $601

The average U.S. homeowner spends about $395 to repair flooring. Depending on material, square footage, and type, most spend between $201 and $601.

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Nick P. Cellucci
Written by Nick P. Cellucci
Reviewed by Robert Tschudi
Updated December 12, 2022
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On average, you’ll pay about $395 to have your flooring repaired. The type of damage and the extent of the problem will impact your final cost. You depend on your floors for support every day, so it’s worth knowing they’re in good shape. Whether you’re dealing with minor creaks, a sagging spot, or rotting wood, it’s important to know the expected costs to fix these issues.

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Normal range for U.S.
$201 - $601
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  • $395
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  • $5,500

Cost of Floor Repairs Near You

Costs for floor repairs compared by state, with Atlanta, GA ranging $210 to $600

Flooring repair costs can vary widely from region to region. Below is a list of the typical price range for flooring repairs in several major cities throughout the U.S.

CityTypical Price Range
Phoenix, AZ$150 – $350
Kansas City, MO$160 – $400
Denver, CO$190 – $530
Hartford, CT$220 – $490
Chicago, IL$200 – $560
Atlanta, GA$210 – $600
Los Angeles, CA$240 – $660
New York, NY$230 – $680
Juneau, AK$730 – $780
Honolulu, HI$1,220 – $1,290

How Much Does It Cost to Repair Flooring by Repair Type?

A floor consists of three primary layers. From the bottom-up, those include the floor joists, subfloor, and floor covering.

Floor Layer RepairTypical Range
Floor joist$1,000 – $10,000
Subfloor$500 – $700
Floor covering$200 – $800

Floor Joist Repair

Floor joists are large beams that span the length of the floor and provide the foundation of its structural support. The cost to repair floor joists varies based on how easily accessible they are and the extent of the repairs required, but it’s typically $1,000 to $10,000.

“Floor joist repair is easy if you have access to it, such as with a crawlspace,” says Bob Tschudi, Angi Expert Review Board member and general contractor in Raleigh, NC. “On the other hand, if you have joist problems between two finished floors, it’s best to hire a pro.”

Subfloor Repair

Subflooring rests on top of your floor joists to provide a clean, level surface on which the floor covering lays. It’s typically made from oriented strand board (OSB) or plywood, and subflooring repair typically costs $500 to $700.

Floor Covering Repair

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A floor covering is the surface of the floor you see and walk on. If your floors are level and not sagging, repairs typically cost $200 to $800. However, this cost is heavily dependent on the type of floor covering you’re repairing. Below are some of the most common types used in homes today and the cost to repair each:

How Much Does It Cost to Repair Flooring per Square Foot?

Floor covering repair costs range from $2 to $30 per square foot. This includes repairs to carpet, tile, hardwood, vinyl, laminate, and stone. If you’re replacing the underlayment beneath your floor covering, installation can cost from $0.50 to $5 per square foot.

If your floors require structural repairs, each layer has different costs. Subflooring repairs can cost $2 to $10 per square foot, while joist repairs can cost anywhere from $10 to $60 per square foot.

Cost to Repair Flooring Yourself

If you’re handy and wish to repair your own floors, start by having a floor repair contractor inspect them for major structural issues. Severe rot, problems with your home’s frame, and foundation repairs tend to require professional work to address. Your contractor will provide a scope of work and cost estimate as part of the inspection, which itself can cost $300 to $500.

You can fix a creaking floor yourself for about $130 to $140 if you have easy access to the subfloors and joists. The same goes for slightly sagging floors, which you can fix via sistering, or attaching new joists alongside damaged ones. Materials for this project cost $100 to $300, and you may need a hydraulic jack to provide support while you’re making the repairs.

“Many times, a creaking floor is caused by a gap between the joists and the subflooring, which is usually plywood,” says Tschudi. “So if you can secure the plywood to the joist with nails or ‘trim head’ screws, you can often eliminate the squeaking.

While you can save on labor costs by doing repairs on your own, avoid DIY work and hire a floor repair pro if there are electrical wires or plumbing in the way—or if you aren’t sure you have the proper knowledge and tools to do the job properly. Faulty floor repair, especially to structural components like your joists, can cause dangerous structural damage to your home.

Frequently Asked Questions

You typically aren’t in any immediate danger if your floors are sagging, but that doesn’t mean you should leave them unattended. Sagging is likely a sign of underlying problems with the structure of your home, such as uneven subflooring or rotting joists. Have your floors inspected by a local carpenter as soon as possible to help you determine the type of repairs needed.

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