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The Average Lifespan of Your Flooring

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It’s only natural that your flooring will wear out over time. Maybe you installed flooring a long time ago or you’ve inherited an older home with flooring you didn’t choose, which begs the question: how do you know when you should replace your floor?

What Determines How Long Your Floor Will Last?

Aside from obvious stains and damage, your floor’s expiration date depends on the material it is made up of. Every material lasts for different lengths of time. However, the material used is just one indicator of how long your floor will hold up. Other factors include:

  • Quality of the material
  • If your flooring was properly installed
  • The amount of traffic that your floor experiences
  • If you are maintaining it regularly

The Lifespan of Common Flooring Materials

The lifespan of materials can’t be exactly predicted. Rather, there’s a range for each type of flooring’s lifespan. If you are properly maintaining your floor and minimizing the amount of damage it’s exposed to, your floor will tend to last longer.

Hardwood

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Hardwood flooring can last a lifetime,

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Anatomy of Flooring: What Are the Components of Your Floors

When it comes to your floors, there is a lot more than meets the eye. In the same way, when it comes time to remove your flooring, you have to ensure that each layer is properly taken care of to ensure a smooth installation of your new floors.

Every Part of Your Floor Matters

Each of the layers in your flooring matters and has a significant purpose to the stability and function of your floor. If one layer is installed or removed incorrectly, it throws off the entire structure of your floor as well as the overall look. This can lead to more money spent to correct the oversight.

Components of Your Floor

When you look at your floors, you may only think of the one layer that you see. Like the ground you stand on, there are several layers underneath the top one that ensures the stability and function of your floor.

Joists

At the very bottom of the layers that make up your floors is what we call joists. Think of these as the bones of your flooring. They are used to frame the layer that will sit upon your home’s foundation.

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Trust the Dustless Experts: Our Top Five Air Purifiers on the Market

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Removing your flooring can create almost one pound of dust per square foot. Fortunately, Speedy Floor Removal knows just how important air quality is. That’s why we use equipment featuring HEPA Certified Air Cleaners to capture dust unseen to the eye during our removal projects.

You can breathe easier knowing that your flooring project isn’t going to adversely affect you, your family, or your employee’s health. But what about after your floor removal project is completed? Customers often ask us how to keep their air clean routinely.

Lifestyle changes can be the beginning to cleaner air. These changes include:

  • Buying a vacuum with HEPA filters and using it often.
  • Using high-quality filters with your HVAC system and changing them regularly.
  • Washing your bedding and pillow cases often.
  • Replacing bed pillows.
  • Removing clutter from your home or office.
  • Avoid wearing outdoor shoes inside your home.
  • Controlling indoor humidity, especially during the brutal Florida summer. The EPA recommends keeping the relative humidity between 30 to 50 percent to inhibit mold growth, dust mites, and cockroaches.

The Benefits of an Air Purifier

For even cleaner air,

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Diary of a Virtually Dustless Floor Removal

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If you have ever gone through a floor removal or replacement, you know it can traditionally be a grueling process. At Speedy Floor Removal, it’s our job to make your experience with floor removal dust-free and hassle-free! This month, we’re walking you through a dustless floor removal job, from start to finish, so you know exactly what you can expect from our licensed and professional employees.

Our team of professionals arrives on time.

The Speedy Floor Removal team outside their truck ready to get to work.

Punctuality is a given. We will arrive on time at your house or business with all the equipment we need to get the job done, from start to finish. (No need to worry about trucks or machines coming in and out of your neighborhood all day.) Our team is licensed, insured, and highly trained so that you can be certain your floors are in good hands. Our top priority is that you always feel comfortable with us in your home.

 

We get right to work.

Speedy Floor Removal begins removing tile floor in a children's hospital.

We respect your time and space. Our team always consults with the home or business owners to attend to their needs and requests,

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7 Reasons to Choose Speedy Floor Removal

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You have a lot of choices when selecting a floor removal company. Speedy Floor Removal is your number one choice for efficient, reliable, and cost effective floor removal. Not only do we remove your old floor with our state-of-the-art, virtually dustless removal system, we expertly prepare your subfloors for new installation. Speedy Floor Removal is your partner through the whole floor removal process.

#1: No Dust

We have invested thousands of dollars in dustless sub-floor preparation equipment to keep your home or business dust-free.

Did you know that just one square foot of floor removal can produce more than one pound of dust? Our state-of the-art machines suction dust and residue away as they work, making our floor removal process virtually dustless.

Other companies try to mitigate dust with tape and plastic sheeting, but we know from experience that these methods do not adequately contain the copious amounts of potentially dangerous dust created by traditional floor removal processes. This is why our suction machines use HEPA Certified Air Cleaners to capture dust before it spreads around your home or business.

#2: Speed

It’s in our name! Our battery powered, emissions free machines can remove the floors from an entire house or building in just one day.

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Is My Carpet Ruined When It Gets Wet?

Are my carpets ruined if they get wet?

In Florida flooding can be a concern – especially if you live in a low lying area. Heavy summer rains or tropical storms and hurricanes can bring lots of rain and provide a potential for flooding. Additionally, a broken pipe or overflowing tub or sink adds to your risk of flooding.

If your home floods and you have carpet flooring, you may be worried that you won’t be able to keep your flooring. While wet carpet and padding can be a problem, fast action can save you from having to replace your flooring.

The Hidden Danger of Wet Carpet

The big danger with wet carpet is mold. If your carpet and padding stay wet for a long period of time, mold can begin to grow quickly. Mold loves dark, humid environments – and wet carpet provides the perfect environment for it to multiply.

Mold can be a major health risk. Signs of mold irritation are similar to that of allergies or asthma. It can irritate your nose, eyes, throat, and lungs. A sure sign that mold has begun to grow is a bad smell coming from your carpet. Mold can be cleaned up and eliminated, but it requires fast action.

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8 Things to Consider Before Buying New Flooring

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Before starting the floor removal process, you have to buy new flooring to replace your current flooring. Purchasing new flooring for your home can be an intimidating process. There are several considerations you need to think about when making this decision. Here are the eight most important things, according to Speedy Floor Removal, to keep in mind before buying new flooring.

Room Location and Use

Where is the room located? What is it used for? If the room is located where people will be coming and going from outside, you might want to think about hardwood flooring or tile because they are easier to clean and maintain. If you will be standing for a long period of time in that room, you may want to go a different direction other than tile, due to how uncomfortable it can be to stand on tile flooring for long periods of time.

Climate

Before choosing your new flooring, you should consider where you live and the climate. Wood can warp and buckle and carpet can mold in humid environments. In Florida, the best types of flooring for the climate are tile or laminate flooring.

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What’s So Bad About Tile Dust?

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Not only is tile dust messy, it is also dangerous. Long-term exposure to tile dust can bring about a number of health issues. When renovating your home, you want to take as many precautions as possible to keep you and your family safe.

What is Dust?

Everyone has probably heard of dust, but do you really know what it is? More than half of the household dust is soil that has been brought into your home by shoes, bare feet, or airborne particles. The other half is an assortment of debris such as skin cells, food products, mold, kitchen grease, and more.

Dust also contains bacteria and fungi. The average American household contains up to 7,000 types of dust-related bacteria and 2,000 species of fungi. Your carpet alone can contain up to 200,000 bacteria per square inch. During the floor removal process, any of the bacteria or fungi trapped under the tiles can be released into the air with the tile dust.

Chemicals can be found in dust. Many popular construction materials, such as tile, contain a material called crystalline silica.

Materials which create crystalline silica dust that are found in your flooring include:

  • Quartz
  • Stone
  • Rock
  • Sand
  • Brick

The Dangers of Tile Dust

When the tile is broken apart and removed,

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Carpet vs. Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is becoming more popular in modern day homes, but carpet isn’t going out of fashion either. When making a flooring decision for your new home or home renovation project, there are several things to consider.

 

Carpet

Pros

Having carpet in your home not only keeps your feet warm, but it is also soft. There is nothing better than the feeling of carpet in the winter time. The variety of types of carpet are endless, allowing you to find the perfect match for your home.

Carpet allows some flexibility in looks. There are carpet types for every occasion, whether you want a formal look in your home or a more casual feel. It is also generally a cheaper option compared to wood and ceramic. If you are remodeling on a budget, this is a great choice.

If your family stomps around the house, carpet may be perfect for you as it can provide noise insulation. No more being disturbed by the pounding of feet on the ground. Carpet will absorb all the sound to create a quiet atmosphere.

Cons

When it comes to carpet, maintenance isn’t as easy as other types of flooring.

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Tile Removal the Easy Way

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How to Remove Tile Flooring at Home

So you want to remove your own tile? You watched a few shows on HGTV and feel like you can handle the job. Well, we’ll be honest with you. It’s not easy. However, with our guidance and powerful tools from Speedy Floor Removal, we can make tile removal as easy as it can be!

 

Steps to DIY

Remove the Baseboards and Trim

The first step to removing tile is first removing the baseboards and trim. While removing, make sure to take care so that they can be reinstalled once the new flooring is installed. Gently remove them with a thin pry bar. Make sure to remove any appliances in the room and built-in furniture, like cabinets.

Without the proper equipment, there will be dust involved in the process. You will want to cover any vents with painter’s tape and plastic to keep any dust from entering the ventilation system.

Remove the Tile

For this part, you will need a hammer and a chisel. Before you can start popping up tiles, you will need to first break one apart with the hammer to get to the others.

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