Hardwood floor removal is no joke. In fact, it’s very labor intensive. And, it can easily involve accidental damage to the subfloor. Although hardwood will last about one-hundred years or far more, they do need periodic TLC to keep them in good, functioning condition. However, this type of flooring isn’t impervious. Eventually, it does need removal and replacement. That’s not an easy thing to do as hardwood floor removal takes and lot of time and effort.
Hardwood Floor Disposal
What’s more, hardwood floor disposal is another matter. Because it’s remodeling debris, it takes quite a bit of effort to manage it. Put another way, as you take up a hardwood floor, you’ll create a huge mess. (One that combines both the wood planks, along with the trim, the fasteners, glue adhesive, and more.) So, like any other renovation, it’s best to have a junk hauling service ready-to-go, in advance.
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
Also, think about what you’ll do when the space is bare. After the flooring is out, the subfloors will become fully exposed. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It does give you the chance to make any repairs. But, it also means having to keep it clean and do a deep clean just before installing the new floor covering.
Takoma Park Hardwood Floor Removal Procedure
Anyway you look at it, hardwood floor removal is tough. Generally hardwood is installed using nails but it can also involve glue. If you don’t know, you’ll soon find out when you begin the procedure. Here’s an overview of how to do hardwood floor removal you can follow:
- Remove the wall trim. Regardless of how the actual floor is installed over the subfloor, you’ll need to start with the wall trim. Be careful when you pry it away from the wall to avoid any damage to the trim (if you plan to reuse it) and to the wall itself.
- Pry up the hardwood strips. Next, you’ll simply start at an edge and pry up the planks, one-by-one. Depending on how it’s installed, you should be able to pull up the strips individually.
- Use a circular saw and floor scraper. Now, if the hardwood is glued to the subfloor, you’ve got a ton of more work ahead of you. You’ll need to cut into the hardwood with a circular saw and then use a floor scraper to take up the rest.
- Remove the adhesive residue from the subfloor. To finish, you’ll need to use an adhesive residue remover so the subfloor is clean and ready for a new installation over it.
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