Floor Removal: How To Prepare

Posted on: 8 June 2017

When you've grown tired of the appearance of your current flooring, you might make plans to rip it up and put on a new surface. Before doing so, consider the following preparation tips.

Check for Asbestos

If your current floor is covered with vinyl tiles or vinyl sheeting and it is some years old, it's possible that asbestos was added. If this is the case and there is no damage to your flooring, it's relatively safe to have inside the house. The problem, of course, is when you disturb the floor in an effort to rip it up and replace it. When you do that, there is a chance that your efforts could release harmful asbestos fibers into the the air inside your home. You may already know how dangerous this can be to your health and the health of others. Asbestos is said to be the leading cause of mesothelioma, a type of aggressive cancer.

Therefore, if your flooring right now has a vinyl surface of any kind and has been there before you arrived, it's smart to have a professional come out and determine whether your floor has asbestos added to it. If so, special measures will need to be taken so that it can be taken up and removed safely without harming the contractor, you or your family.

Consider Resale Value

Once your flooring is removed and only the sub-structure remains, you're probably already going to know what kind of flooring you want to install. However, before you start the installation process, you may want to speak with a realtor or real estate appraiser to check on how much your new flooring will add to the resale value of your home. You may currently plan to install new vinyl sheeting, but you might want to reconsider after discovering that stone tile or wood flooring may fetch a higher price on the market. Being able to put yourself in a position to raise the value of your home might encourage you to make decisions that you may not have considered before.

Make a Plan for Waste

Floor removal can be a messy undertaking. You're unlikely to be able to put all the vinyl, wood or tiles in your regular trash, so make a plan for the trash you'll generate while doing this work. You might check with local recycling centers to see if they can accept some of the materials, or you might rent a dumpster for a short period of time.

The above information will help you prepare for removing your floor. Work with a flooring contractor, like Florida Floor Specialist LLC, to make smart choices along the way.


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