About DisposalMaterials 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 MechanicsAlso, 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.
Wood Floor Removal in North PortThe 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 wood 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.