Floor Removal

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated March 14, 2016)

While most people may like to think that floor removal is one of the easiest parts of any major renovation project, the truth is that it is also one of the more important ones. If the removal isn't done properly, you can end up making more work for yourself, and wasting a whole bunch of money. That is why you should always keep in mind the basic guidelines. With these guidelines in hand, you should have no problem at all getting the job done the right way the first time you do the work.

  • What's your budget? Believe it or not, simply removing some flooring will cost you some money. Often this money is spent through hiring others to do the work for you, or getting the proper tools, or by purchasing the new materials to replace those that you have removed, to name just a few reasons. This means that you should ensure that you have enough funds to complete the project before you start.
  • Who will do the work? Another thing that you need to consider is who will be doing the actual work of floor removal. While it may be a bit more expensive to have someone else do the work for you, there are a couple of benefits that you get. For example, if you hire a professional, then you are more likely to be pleased with the results. If you are going to do the work yourself, you need to make sure that you are up to all that it will entail.
  • Identify the flooring type. Not all flooring materials can be removed in the same manner. Each flooring type will require that you use different tools. An example of this can be found when looking at marble flooring, tile flooring, and wood flooring. Each of them have their own specific methods for removal, and if you use the same methods for removing the wood that you would the tile you can end up causing some serious damage.
  • Set aside some time. If you will be doing the work yourself, you need to be aware that it isn't necessarily a quick job. It is one that will take time, and that you will need to be dedicated to completing once you start. That is, unless you like to walk around on a half removed floor, and get all kinds of slivers, dirt, and other junk throughout your home.
  • Decide on how far you will go. Before you begin ripping out the flooring, you need to also decide on how far down you will be going. Are you just going to be removing the top layer, or are you going to be removing the subflooring as well? The further down you go, the more work you need to accomplish to not only remove it but replace it as well.

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Lee Wyatt

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