Hardwood floor removal involves a lot of time and effort. Although hardwood does last for several decades, even up to or longer than one hundred years, it’s not impervious. Hardwood is subjected to a good amount of floor traffic, interior climate fluctuations, spills, and other elements. Over time, all of these do take a toll. This is why hardwood need periodic refinishing. And while that’s certainly a restoration method, at some point and time, you need hardwood floor removal.
Hardwood Replacement Signs
The question is, when is it time for hardwood floor removal? Well, that really depends on the situation. So, let’s take a look at some common hardwood floor replacement signs. First on the list are springy or spongy feeling spots. Of course, things, like buckling and cracking are typical telltale signs. Deep scratches and gouges are another sign a hardwood floor needs replacement.
Old-growth wood–typically, Douglas fir, oak and maple–has higher density and fewer defects than new wood, and often comes in lengths of 12 ft. or more, which you won’t find at a big-box store. Salvaging it from an old home takes time but saves money; boards wider than the standard 2 1/4-in. strips are particularly valuable. —Popular Mechanics
Gaps and movement are also not-so-subtle signs a hardwood floor needs replacing. Basically, when there are visible and functional signs a hardwood floor is nearing the end of its lifespan, it’s time to replace it.
Somerset Hardwood Floor Removal
The real thing about taking up a hardwood floor is that it’s not as easy as it sounds. That’s because you can easily damage the subfloor and/or the walls. Not to mention, tearing up hardwood greatly disrupts your day-to-day life when a whole room is undergoing a remodel. So, the best thing you can do is to call in a professional team to do it for you. But, if you insist on going the DIY route, here’s how to do hardwood floor removal:
- Remove the trim. You need to start with the trim along the floors, up against the walls. Carefully remove the trim and place it out of the way. (Especially if you plan to reuse it in-part or entirely.) This way, it isn’t a tripping hazard while you’re removing the rest of the floor.
- Pry up the first board. Generally, you can find a corner to start in with a pry bar or claw hammer. Pry up the first board carefully to see how it’s attached. If it’s glued down, you’ll know it immediately.
- Work to the other side. If the hardwood isn’t glued down, you can just work your way from one side of the room to the other. Take up each board individually and create a pile that’s out of the workspace.
- Remove any nails for reuse. Nails are a common fastener for hardwood. So, if you want to reuse part or all of it, remove any nails from the boards one by one.
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