A common question we are asked is how much will it cost to fix bouncy or bouncing floors? As with any home repair, the cost will vary depending on the cause and the extent of the repair. In this article we’ll take a look at what may be causing your floors to bounce or sag, and what it will take to fix them.
What factors affect the cost of fixing bouncy floors?
How much of your floor is bouncy?
As with most other repairs, the size of the space comes into play when discussing cost. How much of your flooring is bouncy? Is it the entire home, or just a particular area? If it’s concentrated in one area, we will determine the linear feet of the area, but if it’s the entire home we will calculate the square footage.
What is causing your bouncy floors?
There are a few common causes for bouncy floors. Damaged or rotting wood in your flooring support system is one of the most common issues we see. We also run across insufficient support, particularly if the home is older and was built before today’s updated building codes. Occasionally we see broken beams or a sinking footer that is no longer providing support for the floor system. Once we determine the cause of the bouncing floors, we can determine which repair is best.
What is the needed repair?
Even though damaged wood or insufficient support under your home sounds scary, you can rest assured that the repairs are pretty straightforward and any amount of damage can be fixed. We can replace beams and joists or make them stronger by sistering new wood to them. Floor jacks can support beams or even lift them back into place. The severity of the damage and amount of repair needed obviously determines the cost.
So what is the cost for repairing bouncy floors?
An average cost for us to repair a 15 to 20-foot span of flooring in the Charlotte area is generally $12,000 – $14,000. That includes us leveling the floors or taking any sagging out if needed.
An important thing to keep in mind is that if the cause of the bouncy floors is rotten or damaged wood that was caused by moisture in a crawl space, you will need to address that moisture issue to prevent the damage from reoccuring. We always recommend crawl space encapsulation as a means to control moisture and humidity in a crawl space.
As always, we are happy to inspect your bouncy floors free of charge to determine the cause and present you with some solutions. Schedule your free consultation!