Advice on 2 estimates for Marmoleum
Posted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:34 am
We're pricing marmoleum for a modern home built in 1954 that we just bought. The house is 3000 square feet and we're looking to cover about 1/3 to 1/2 of the house in Marmoleum. I got 2 quotes from local flooring companies and can't decide between the 2. I found these companies on the Marmoleum website. The first company was listed as a certified installer. Two guys came out and seemed very knowledgeable and were very friendly and personable. They quoted us $6700 to do the install, which will cover a large family room, a large office, a hallway, a utility room, and two bathrooms. Most of the install will be on an upstairs floor, and the current floor creaks, probably because nails have lifted with time. This company recommended installing 1/4" plywood under the new Marmoleum (and above the old plywood), which would cost another $1600. The second company was listed as a licensed dealer of Marmoleum. I went to the store and the guy said he also installs, so I had him come give an estimate. He said that he is not a certified installer of Marmoleum but has taken classes in installing Marmorette (Armstrong's version of Marmoleum). He comes off as subdued and dry, which makes me unsure about my confidence in him. But his quote was $5200 for the same amount of work (without the plywood, which he didn't mention - he said he would sand and prep the current plywood and thought that would be fine). So I can't decide who to go with. If the quotes were the same, I would no question go with the first company. I know that you can't answer this question for me without knowing our budget and more specifics, but I'm wondering if anyone's been in a similar situation and has any advice.