Cost to Install an Attic Floor

Cost to Install an Attic Floor

What's the cost to install an attic floor? The contractor cost to install an attic floor is $550 vs. doing it yourself for $190 and saving 65 percent. Add your ZIP Code for the cost where you live.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Diy Logo Hours Pro 5.0 DIY 8.5
Money Pro $550 DIY $190
Per Square Foot Cost
Per SF Cost $4.58 Total Cost

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Finding more space to store stuff is a constant cry from homeowners. Our closets are too small and our garages and basements fill up as our belongings overcome us. We found untapped storage space in the attic that was just waiting to be utilized; all it needed was flooring to become a place to stash all our stuff. We used plywood sheets, readily available at lumberyards, cut into 2-by-4-foot panels and installed them perpendicularly to the floor joists with a screw gun.

A contractor will charge $550, which includes labor and material, to lay a plywood floor in an area approximately 10-feet square. If you have basic carpentry skills and tools, you can do the job for $190, the cost of the plywood and screws. You'll save 65 percent and need a circular saw, carpenter's square and measuring tape to cut the 4-by-8-foot sheets into 2-by-4 panels so they can be easily moved up an attic stair and into place.

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The real work is muscling the panels up the ladder, so try to enlist the help of a friend who can hoist them to you. To fasten the panels to the floor joists, you'll be working on your knees, so wear kneepads to protect your shins.

Open the windows so there's good ventilation and use work lights so you can see what you're doing.

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Now you know the average cost to install an attic floor, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020

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