How Much Does Floor Joist Repair Cost?
Joists are ceiling or floor horizontal supports made up of parallel beams that are placed closely beside each other. Joists play a crucial role in keeping the structural integrity of a house safely intact. Even a small portion of the joist that is starting to rot needs to be repaired immediately. Otherwise, the overall structure of the room or even the entire house could be in jeopardy. Fixing the joist will entail reinforcing it with another beam to be placed on the side of the one that in need of repair.
Repairs have to be done with accuracy since incompetence can lead to incorrect positioning and spacing, especially of floor joists. This inaccuracy can create an uneven surface that can comprise the safety of the house’s occupants. Repairing joists needs to be handled with accuracy and extreme caution.
How much does it cost?
- People prefer repairing damaged floor joists than replacing them because repairs can cost six times less than replacement jobs. However, repairs are only possible if you complete them as quickly as possible, before they can affect other parts of the joist and eventually the whole base.
- Figures come about to $1,250 to $3,000 for repair of an average room that has uneven or wobbly floor surfaces. Joists with extensive damage requiring use of jacks and special equipment can have costs that reach $10,000 to $35,000 for a whole house project, or the project could run $5,000 to $15,000 for just one section or floor of a house.
- For example, Remodeling-Companies.com quotes floor structure repair on a per square foot basis costing about $34.27 to $36.87 on the hourly average in 2012, including material costs and labor. Licensed contractors and rush jobs will generally command prices at the higher end of the given price range.
- Overall, since so many areas vary and jobs are unique, it is best to get an exact quote for your specific situation. To get an exact quote, free quote search engines such as HomeAdvisor.com can help.
- To get exact quotes on the material alone, SEE: “How much do floor joists cost?“
What is going to be included?
- When repairing a floor joist, the most common procedure is to place a replacement board adjacent to each one that is failing. The original board is normally left in place.
- When contractors are hired to do the job, rates they quote will already include work from preparation up to finish. This includes delivery of materials and equipment, protecting existing flooring before repair, and the clean-up after completion.
What are the extra costs?
- When projects are classified as rush and work is to be carried out by licensed and insured contractors, costs are really expected to be higher. Expect to add around 12.% to 19% to the total cost.
- Depending on your state, you may need to get a permit from your local building department and pay inspection fees accordingly.
- If floor joists are damaged by exposure to water and termites, then certain measures have to be instituted before repair of the damaged joists; otherwise, the same problem will occur even with the repaired joists. For example, drainage and ventilation have to be fixed and termites exterminated. This will entail additional costs on the part of the home owner.
- While the clean-up portion of the job is normally included in the price, the renovating will be left to the home owner. For example, if a few boards in the floor needed to be repaired in the kitchen, you may need to replace part of the tile floor when the job is finished.
Factors that influence the price:
- Basically, the costs of floor joist repair can vary depending on the extent of the damage. If only a few joists are affected, the cost is lesser compared to extensive damage which may require jacks to support the house structure while repair is being done.
- Some floor joist repair jobs are more complex than others. If space is too cramped below, with workers hardly able to move, then they will need to work from above. This will mean that flooring and subflooring have to be removed to expose floor joists and will then need to be re-installed. This can either be done with the same materials if undamaged, or you may need to purchase new ones.
Tips to know:
- If there are other parts of the house that needs to be repaired, it will cost you less to combine related projects.
- Get estimates from multiple contractors and give ample time for scheduling to avoid rush charges.
- Ask references from family and friends and verify them.
How can I save money?
- Talk with various contractors since most of them are going to greatly vary with their prices. Generally, by getting at least three quotes, you will get a good idea what you are going to have to pay.
- Depending on the reason for needed a repair, there is a chance that your home owner’s insurance will cover a portion of the cost of this repair.