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Friday, August 29, 2014

Question

A client has a new 4400 sq. ft. VCT tile floor he is having installed. How much should I charge to strip and finish it, including materials and projected labor?


Answer

On a floor this size in Arkansas, I have seen prices starting at $.22 a square foot to deep scrub and apply 2-3 coats. This would be a standard G.C. spec.
On the other hand, the same job with small rooms and a high gloss requirement (4-5 coats of finish) often commands up to $.50 square foot. The percent of solids and quality of the finish also affects how many coats are required.
With that range in mind (assuming the account is already profitable) quote an affordable price that dissuades them from going out for other bids. The quoted range assumes the floors are ready to go and that you have productive equipment, and it includes all expenses and profit. Two men should be able to finish it in one day, or slightly more.


Gary Clipperton
National Pro Clean Corp.
(719) 598-5112
www.nationalproclean.com