Changing your flooring is a sure way to update the look of your house. You can choose to remove the existing carpet and replace it with a new one, or totally go in a different direction like getting wood panels or tiles. Nevertheless, whatever your choice is, the first step to this home improvement is removing your carpet.
Here are some things that you need to bear in mind before doing so:
1. Carpet removal is difficult.
In some instances, installed carpet can be pretty difficult to remove, especially if the installer has severely attached it to the floor. Generally, carpets are fixed to the floor via tack strips. You need people with strong arms to remove the carpet from these strips. Once that is done, the strips must then be pried from the floor. After that, carpet pads also need to be detached. The usual method of attaching pads to the floor is by the use of glue. Even if you have managed to remove the carpet, the strip and the pad, you still have to scrape the glue off the flooring.
2. Damage may occur in the subflooring.
When removing a carpet, one must take precaution not to damage the subfloor. Removal of strips and pad may cause the subfloor to be broken. If that is the case, additional work needs to be done. Sometimes, other homeowners just cover it with a new carpet. But in cases where replacement flooring is wood or porcelain tiles, the damage must first be addressed so that the subflooring is smooth and level enough to accommodate the new material.
3. Measurement must be accurate.
It is not enough that you know how big a room is. There is a process in determining how much carpet you need to cover a room. First is to determine the square footage of the room. Next is to determine what kind of carpet you want and its size specification. This will determine the number of rolls or tiles needed. Lastly, you also need to account for corners and complexities in the shape of the room so you can maximize each roll or carpet tile. You must remember as well to buy a little in case of slipups in installation.
4. Stick the carpet properly.
Installing carpet requires thoroughness and diligence. Each roll or tile must be laid down next to each other with extreme care to not leave spaces in between. Seams must be avoided at all cost since they can spell disaster. For one, they may stick out and cause accidents. Another is they may serve as a cesspit for dirt.
5. Dispose of carpet properly.
Once you have taken out your old carpet, you cannot just leave it on the curbside or your stockroom. It must be disposed of properly. You do not want this junk in your newly upgraded house. The perfect solution to this is to call a professional hauler.
We, at Junk King, are ready to take all kinds of junk in your house – be it old furniture, carpeting, or appliance! Call us today to know more about our services and rates!