By Gene and Katie Hamilton
The BuildFax Remodeling Index that provides building permit data reports that residential remodeling activity experienced the 15th straight month of year-over-year gains, a good indication homeowners are confident about the economy. One of the most popular jobs in any remodeling is changing the flooring material because it can create such a dramatic difference in a room. A new product call Free Fit is making the job easier with glueless floor tiles and planks. They don't click or stick in place because the flexibility of the material allows it to be free floating. The suction cup technology keeps the material in place so it's a good choice for uneven sub-floors or existing floors including wood, vinyl, linoleum, concrete and even ceramic tile.
Here's a video about installing the product How to Install FreeFit Flooring.
Don't want to do the job? Click Home Advisor, a free online referral service that connects homeowners with prescreened local flooring contractors.
A flooring installer will charge $1,830 to lay a 15-by-20-foot floor which includes the material. You can buy the material and do it yourself for $1,365 and pocket a 25 percent saving. Budget more if you plan to replace the base shoe molding and door thresholds. The only tools you need are a straight edge and utility knife to cut the material and score it. Since you're working on your knees, a pair of knee pads will protect your chins.
Wrapping up, given the average cost to install a glueless vinyl floor you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.