Floor covering removal is usually a dirty and tiring job. Materials like ceramic, vinyl, VCT, linoleum, and carpeting do not come up easily, especially from high traffic areas. Contractors make careers from floor covering demolition and replacement.
Both Contractors and Homeowners use all kinds of products to remove flooring – anything from a traditional hammer & chisel to large ride-on tile strippers.
There are several jobsite/application questions to consider before removing flooring. These questions will help you pick the right demotion tool and develop a job timeframe:
- What / Where is the Job Site Location?
- Power availability, Square footage, Loading dock for equipment?, Is the site currently occupied?, etc.
- What Is The Material Being Removed?
- Various demolition equipment removes certain kinds of flooring material better than others.
- What Is The Condition Of The Flooring Material?
- Is the covering deteriorated, flaking, solid, hard, soft, etc.?
- Approximately How Long Has The Material Been In Place?
- Older Flooring vs. Newer Flooring, High Traffic Area vs. Seldom Used Area
- What Will Be Applied Over The Prepared Surface?
- Some additional Surface Preparation may be needed for the new flooring / coating.
- How Large Is The Overall Job?
- Setting a job timeframe is important
- Is Dust Control a Factor?
- YES! The answer to this question is always YES. Airborne dust is harmful to your health. Using some kind of dust prevention is safe and reduces jobsite clean up times.
This model TS-14 combines the power of a ride-on floor stripper with the dimensions of a smaller stripper. Its self-propulsion drive automatically pushes the machine through flooring material. It’s ideal for removing all kinds of hard (hardwood, parquet, ceramic tile) and soft (carpet, linoleum, vinyl) coverings. It will also strip specialized material including rubberized membranes and sports surfaces
This model TS-8 can remove up to 200 sq. ft. per hour of soft material floor coverings including vinyl, linoleum, and carpet. Its portable, easy-to-use and works using only residential wall outlet power. It is not recommended for ceramic tile removal.
Air-Powered Chisel Scalers:
These air-powered tools use rapid hammering action to remove 200 sqft of ceramic tile per hour. These units eliminate the need for hammers and chisels and get workers off their hands and knees. Simply attach the EDCO Chisel Scalers to air compressors and begin working. These machines are ideal for removing tile, roofing materials, asbestos, and other build-ups.