- Tips from the Pros
- Floor Removal
- How to Remove
- How to Remove Ceramic
- How to Remove Ceramic Part 2
- Flooring Demolition
- Removing Adhesives
- Dealing with Dust
Floor Removal: Getting Started
Planning your Remodeling Project from the Ground-up
Removing old floors can be a time-consuming and tedious process, whether hardwood, tile, or vinyl flooring. Removing floor coverings isn’t too complicated if you have the right tools and techniques. When starting your project, discuss your end goals with your contractor. You may discover you don’t even have to remove the entire floor covering for a renovation, however in many cases the flooring removal and subsequent floor preparation for your new floors may require additional underlayment flooring layers to be removed. Having a clean, properly prepared base is absolutely necessary for the next stage of your remodel – leveling the floor. We proudly service residential and commercial spaces throughout the Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Lakeland areas. Whether you’re a homeowner, contractor or flooring installer, ask us how we can help!
Professionals Prefer Professional-grade Equipment
One of the reasons even professional contractors prefer to hire a specialty flooring demolition crew is because we use specialized equipment for flooring demolition. Our floor removal machines allow us to drastically reduce labor costs for floor work. We work effectively and efficiently, our goal is to get in and out of your home quickly. You’ll experience fewer inconveniences and lower labor costs during your remodeling or home renovation project.
Check out our team and our top of the line equipment in-action!
How to Remove Ceramic Tiles
Ceramic tiles are a type of flooring that is made from natural clay and minerals. They are typically glazed with a design or color, which makes them very durable and easy to clean. However, over time the glaze can wear down and the tile can become cracked or chipped. When this happens, removing the old tile and installing new ones is necessary.
There are a few different methods that can be used to remove ceramic tiles. The first is to use a chisel and hammer to break the tile into small pieces. This method is best for small areas where only a few tiles need to be removed. The second method is to use a power drill with a carbide-tipped bit. This is best for larger areas or for tiles that are difficult to remove.
Once the old tile has been removed, it is important to clean the surface before installing new ceramic tiles. This can be done by using a putty knife to remove any old adhesive or grout. The surface should then be cleaned with mild detergent and water. Once the surface is clean and dry, new tiles can be installed using a tile adhesive.
One of the key parts of floor removal is to assure the process is correctly and securely finished, whether you’re located in extremely humid places like Tampa, Clearwater, or most of Florida, Falcon Floorings has all the right tools to take the mess and stress out of floor removal.
Our personal and commercial reputation for delivering the highest quality Floor Removal Services is backed by a commitment to world-class customer service. Our team is always professional, friendly, honest, and respectful. We are committed to making our working relationship a positive experience – we look forward to welcoming you into our family!
Flooring Demolition & Surface Preparation
Proper surface preparation is vital for flooring projects to be successful.
Typically, the stubbornness of adhesives causes problems in surface preparation. Sometimes, a lot of adhesive remains attached to the substrate after the removal of the old coating material and can cause problems when laying down the new covering. The best way to overcome this is to use a floor scraper, either a walk-behind or ride-on model, to remove the adhesive before applying the new covering.
One question that we often get asked is whether it is best to use machinery or solvents to remove the adhesive from the substrate. Machines are more efficient than solvents at removing adhesives and are easier to work with. Machines don’t pose the same health risks as solvents do — which can often contain harsh chemicals that are harmful to breathe in. When we work with contractors in the Tampa and Clearwater area, we frequently include a floor preparation plan with the total flooring demolition project. Ask your contractor if this is right for you. If you are looking to install floors on your own, we strongly recommend having your demolition and flooring preparation handled by a professional team with professional equipment. This can turn a weeks-long project into a days-long project.
Dealing with dust
It is important to recognize that there is no such thing as a dust-free job site. However, an extremely dusty environment can lead to problems for both contractors and their equipment, so it is important to try to manage the dust present in the workspace.
Dust can be annoying to work around and harmful to breathe in, causing lasting respiratory problems in severe cases. It is important that workers use the right personal protective equipment (PPE), in this case, respiratory face masks, to avoid any health problems arising as a result of their work. Excessive dust in the air can also cause damage to any machinery present. One way to avoid this is to use an ionizer. These machines operate by electronically charging the air in the room, driving dust and other contaminants to the ground in a way that is safe for the user and the environment. When remodeling any home or commercial space, a well-thought out dust-containment plan is a necessity when working with any contractor or flooring demolition company.