I requested a quote (from Lowe's) to replace the existing carpet with vinyl planks. The area the quote uses to calculate the labor cost of installing the planks ("basic labor floating LVP/LVT") is about 5% larger than the area to calculate the labor cost of removing the carpet ("removal haul carpet and pad no glu [sic]"). Why is there the difference? They are for the same physical area since the project is replacing the carpet with vinyl planks.
I am new to this site. I hope this question is not off topic since I am not installing the flooring myself, but it is a technical question about a home project. Thank you!
Followup: Just to add a few notes, some brought up in the comments to the answer.
- Yes, you are able to return any unused parts, including unopened boxes of planks, to Lowe's, on your own.
- If you order both parts and labor from Lowe's they won't be able to track the shipping of your parts or provide an estimate of the arrival of the parts (at the store). If time is of the essence, consider ordering the parts on Lowes.com (which does provide order tracking) and hire someone separately to pick up the parts from a local Lowe's store (in the case of pickup in store) and install the flooring. This way you perhaps also have more flexibility regarding any unforeseen issue that arises during the installation - you get to come up with a solution with the installer you directly hire, not bound by Lowe's scheduled timeline.