Did you know that in the year 2020, more than three-quarters of Americans worked on home remodeling projects?
This includes everything from painting and landscaping to tearing down walls and putting in new ceilings.
Smart homeowners know that maintaining their home flooring increases the attractiveness and resale value of their home. If you’re one of these homeowners deciding whether to do a home renovation project this year, it might be worth your time to consider redoing your flooring.
While you’re considering your types of flooring options, you have to set aside time to remove your old floors. But how do you do this, and why is it important?
Read on to learn how and why you should remove your current flooring before laying down new floors.
How to Remove Old Home Flooring
Whether you’ll be putting in really cheap floors or the most luxurious residential flooring, you’ll first need to remove the flooring that you already have. This ensures that your new floor will be level and won’t raise the height of the floors in your home.
The removal process you should use depends on the type of flooring you currently have in your home.
To remove vinyl or linoleum flooring, you’ll need to cut the flooring into strips and remove it a piece at a time. If you want to keep the subflooring in place (whether it’s plywood or hardwood), you’ll need to carefully cut the strips of vinyl or linoleum so that you don’t damage the wood underneath. If the adhesive is too strong for you to easily remove the floor, you can heat up the glue to aid with the removal process as well.
Depending on the age of your floor, the glue might have dangerous materials in it, so be sure to use safety equipment during the removal process.
To remove carpeted flooring, you should follow a similar process to the one described above. Cut the carpet into smaller pieces, and remove the carpet a piece at a time. Again, if you want to preserve the subfloor, be careful when cutting the carpet so that you don’t accidentally score the flooring underneath with your blade.
For hardwood flooring, your removal method will depend on whether you want to keep the wooden planks for future use or not. If you don’t intend to save the flooring, feel free to cut the wood into smaller pieces for easy removal. If you want to save the wood pieces, pry the planks up carefully, making sure to apply equal force down the length of the board.
Remove Those Floors and Upgrade Your Home
Now you know everything you need to take out your old home flooring and lay down new floors. Choose your favorite floor from the best flooring options out there, and go build the home of your dreams!
Looking for more home improvement advice? Check out the other articles in our Interiors category.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.