So it’s out with the old and in with the new, and you’re thinking about ripping up those old timber floorboards. Seems easy enough right? Wrong!
We have some 20 odd years’ experience in the industry and even with this much experience we still consider timber flooring one of the hardest removal jobs in the “rip up” industry. Ask any floor removal specialists and they’ll tell you the same!
There are a number of reasons this particular “rip up” is more difficult. For starters, Timber floor boards are always very well stuck to the surface beneath. It’s also a very fiddly job as the preparation for removal requires you to cut through the timber without reaching the edge of the concrete – and do this with the smallest pieces we can manage. From there the rest is removed with a jackhammer.
As with any tools associated with the trade, you’ve got to have experience with these also! Jackhammers are big heavy, powered tools. A demolition tool in inexperienced hands is exceptionally dangerous and in a DIY situation, you’ll possibly do more damage than good to the surface you’re working with. Don’t forget, the surface needs to be perfectly finished so your replacement flooring can go down without a hitch.
These jobs are also particularly demanding on your body. You can be standing in the one position, hardly moving along, for 10 minutes or longer. In the industry, the job typically takes 3 times longer, for only twice as much money, when compared to removing tiles. So many of our industry counterparts will not even do this type of floor preparation. We will though – as we are the floor preparation experts.
We’re fully insured and we also comply with all health and safety regulations. So if you require your timber floors to be removed, give us a call at Totally Stripped.