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3 Reasons to Remove Your Carpet

Are you vacuuming once a week and scrubbing your carpet with DIY floor cleaners and still not seeing a difference? Carpet can be a hassle to keep up with, especially with kids or animals in the house. The floor removal experts at Speedy Floor Removal has compiled three reasons you may think about removing your carpet.

Why You Should Remove Your Carpet

Extensive Cleaning

Accidents happen in life. People spill drinks, track in dirt with their shoes, drop food on the floor, and so on. Unfortunately, if any of this happens on carpet flooring, you will have a hard time getting the stains out.
Even dirt is hard to get out of carpets. Small dirt particles tend to hide deep in the carpet’s fibers which can only be reached by professional cleaning tools. However, even with a professional’s help, there will always be some areas that just can’t be reached.

Allergens

Carpet is like a magnet for dust mites, pet dander, dead skin particles, mold, and other allergens that may provoke allergic reactions. Carpet fibers then trap these allergens in hard to reach places that are hard to clean. For households with small children, this can be a big issue as children’s immune systems are more sensitive.
Check out this blog post to learn more about the dangers of dust inhalation and how we use state of the art equipment to capture dust when removing your floors.

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Old Age

Carpet has a shorter lifespan than most other types of flooring. It should be replaced approximately every eight to ten years. With proper maintenance, you may be able to extend the life of your carpet, but it will still need to be replaced at some point in time. You will know when it is time to replace it by the appearance, and sometimes even the smell.

Some signs could include:

  • Stains – There are stains on your carpet that no amount of cleaning has been able to fix
  • Wear and tear – Mattered carpet, tears, and significant wear
  • Smells – Lingering smells even after deep cleaning
  • Increased allergy symptoms – Older carpets catch and retain more allergens

Removing Your Carpet

If your carpet has seen better days and you are ready to remove it, Speedy Floor Removal is here to help. Removing your carpet can be a difficult task. Doing it yourself can be a long, painful process, especially if the carpet is glued down. Let the professionals at Speedy Floor Removal take the load off of you with our latest technology and specialized process. We will remove your flooring safely and quickly in homes and businesses throughout North Central Florida

To learn more about our floor removal services, contact us today!

 

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3 Reasons Your Tile Floor is Uneven

Tile is a great flooring choice for many Floridians due to its durability and ease of cleaning. However, after a little wear and tear, homeowners find that their tile floor is uneven. An uneven floor is not only displeasing to the eye, but it is also dangerous. Children and adults of all ages are more likely to trip and fall due to an uneven floor. Uneven floors also allow dirt and moisture to enter below the tiles which can cause damage and mold buildup.

If you find that your tile is uneven, whether it be right after the contractor leaves or years after your tile was completed, there are a few reasons why this could happen. Below, the floor removal experts at Speedy Floor Removal has compiled 3 common reasons tile can be uneven and what you as the homeowner can do to fix it.

Reasons Tile Flooring is Uneven

Epoxy

Epoxy is a high-strength adhesive used to glue down flooring. When replacing tile or carpet, this adhesive needs to be removed by special equipment before installing newly purchased flooring. In some instances, because epoxy is challenging to remove, a contract will smooth over the old layer with a new layer of epoxy.

This can ultimately ruin your new flooring and cause unevenness throughout your home. Before your contractor installs your new flooring, ask him or her about the epoxy and its risk of damaging your floors.

Initial Installation

If the job was done right, all the joints should be even and the edges of each tile should be nice and level. When tiles are uneven, this is called ‘lipping.’
Lipping can also lead to chipping of the tiles where the floor between tiles is uneven. Before you hire your installation contractor, check the web for reviews in your community to lower the risk of hiring someone unqualified for the job.

Water Damage

Ceramic floor tiles are not affected by standing water; however, the grout between the tiles can become damaged. Sometimes it is easy to detect flood damage, but other times, such as a slow leaking pipe, can be harder to detect and the water can damage the grout and cause the tiles to become loose and uneven. Not only can it cause the tiles to shift, but if the water sits too long and goes unnoticed or untouched, it can cause mold or dark staining.

How to Resolve Uneven Tile Flooring

Unfortunately, the best resolve uneven flooring is by starting from scratch. Here are the proper steps to remove your flooring so the outcome is perfectly even floors.

  1. Hire a floor removal contractor – a proper floor removal starts with the experts who remove all glue and debris from your floor.
  2. Find a reliable installation contractor – even though Speedy Floor Removal doesn’t install flooring, let us help you find a reliable contractor in the Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and Gainesville areas.
  3. Select your new flooring – new tile floor or switch to hardwood? Work with your local contractor to decide which floor is best for your needs.
  4. Enjoy your new home!

Removing your tile floor is a timely, messy, and exhausting task. Let us do the hard work by removing your tile and eliminate your concerns. Speedy Floor Removal not only provides tile removal services, we also remove carpet, paint, hardwood flooring, and more! Call our experts today for our virtually dustless floor removal services.

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Waste Removal Crews Ready for Hurricane Irma Cleanup

After a natural disaster in Florida, homes and businesses often have an extensive cleanup from water damage. Luckily in the Jacksonville, Gainesville, and St. Augustine areas, Speedy Floor Removal specializes in the removal of flooring, cabinets, drywall, and more while keeping costs low to help you and your family get back on track.

Hurricane water damage

We utilize advanced technology and trained professionals who are dedicated to responding immediately to hurricane damage. Our cleanup crew can remove most flooring and provide these other services in 1-2 days, depending on the scope and size of your restoration job.

If your home experienced water damage from Hurricane Irma and you are looking for a reliable and affordable solution, contact the professionals at Speedy Floor Removal.

Home Restoration Services After a Hurricane

Water Damage from Hurricane

If your home experienced significant damage from Hurricane Irma, the following services may be needed to restore your home:

  • Drywall Removal
  • Tile, Wood, and Carpet Flooring
  • Cabinet Removal
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Painting
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Waste and Haul-Off Removal

Luckily, Speedy Floor Removal is here for your hurricane cleanup. No job is too large for our team. We specialize in floor removal services and cleanup for customers including:

  • Homeowners
  • Condominiums and Apartments
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Municipalities
  • And much more!

Call Speedy Floor Removal for Hurricane Cleanup

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When your home experiences water damage from a hurricane, having one qualified company for entire process can help you save money and keep costs low. Call Speedy Floor Removal after Hurricane Irma to learn how we can help restore your home quickly so you can get back to enjoying your home.

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Best Types of Flooring for Florida Beach Homes

Florida Beach Home Flooring

If you live around near the coast in Florida and frequent the beach, there is no doubt you probably struggle with sand in your home. While the beaches give many Jacksonville and St. Augustine residents a place to cool off and relax, it, unfortunately, follows you home (and not in a good way!). Whether you own a beach home or your permanent residence is near the coast, there are several ways you can make your beach clean-up experience easier—it starts with your flooring.

There are different types of flooring that are better than others when it comes to cleaning up fine particles such as sand. Below, the experts at Speedy Floor Removal have compiled the three best types of flooring for any Florida beach home.

Best Types of Flooring for Coastal Homes

Luxury Vinyl Plank

Luxury vinyl has come a long way in the past several years. What used to be very expensive is now affordable for most and best of all, easy to clean. Because hardwood flooring can be easily ruined with sand, luxury vinyl gives homes that hardwood flooring look without risking expensive damage over time. Vinyl plank is also waterproof which helps it last longer and stay durable.

Tile

There is a reason why many homeowners put tile in kitchens and bathrooms; it’s because it’s easy to clean! Tile flooring in a Florida beach home is no exception to this rule. While tile typically isn’t found in living areas of the home, many flooring companies offer tile in a variety of styles and colors and often doesn’t look like traditional tile found in baths.

Concrete

Concrete flooring has become a huge trend in the last few years. Giving many homes an industrial look, concrete is durable and can withstand just about anything. Some flooring companies are now offering dying and coloring techniques where you can change the color from the dark, industrial look to a modern, one of kind colored or textured finish. Concrete flooring is easy to clean and maintain which is perfect for coastal properties.

One disadvantage with concrete flooring is how hard the floor is. However, with area rugs and a frequent vaccum, concrete can be a durable flooring perfect for a coastal home.

If you’re replacing your flooring in your beach home, contact the experts at Speedy Floor Removal. Our team can help you update your home with modern flooring by taking care of the hardest part–the floor removal! Contact our team today for a floor removal quote.

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How to Choose the Best Floor Removal Company

If you’re thinking about replacing the flooring in your home, you probably already know that you have a pretty large project at hand. Luckily, there are many floor removal contractors nationwide to help with such a project.

But with so many contractors in today’s market, there also comes a lot of impostors. So, how do you choose the best floor removal company for your upcoming project?

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Floor Removal: The Guide to Best Floor Removal Practices

The time has come. You have finally reached the realization that you need a new floor. Whether you are renovating your home or just replacing the tile your bathroom—the time has come to replace your floor. For the most part, floor removal is pretty cut and dry. However, what you may not realize is that there are significant differences between DIY  floor removal and hiring a floor removal specialist. What is even more important to know is the effects that virtually dust-free floor removal has on you, your home, and your environment.

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Thinset: What You Need to Know

Recently, we have discussed various flooring options, how to clean them, and how to remove them. All of these blogs had something in common—thinset. But, what is it, why is it used, and why does it need to be removed?

Whether you are adding onto your home, or renovating—replacing your home’s floor is very common. The first step to this process is removing your current floor. Regardless of how you remove your floor, one thing is certain—thinset is underneath.

What Is Thinset?

Thinset installation Thinset is a blend of materials that include: cement, fine sand, and a compound that allows cement to hydrate properly. Thinset acts as an adhesive for various types of floors. The idea is to add a thin layer-3/16 thick-of thinset to a bare, clean cement or concrete floor before installing tile, stone, marble and more. Most thiset adhesives are available in either gray or white. You’ll want to choose a white thinset if you are going to use a light colored grout, and a gray thinset if you plan on using a dark colored grout. Keep in mind that you may pay more for a white thinset because of the color modification during the manufacturing process.

Thinset can also be referred to as a dryset mortar, drybond mortar, or more simply—mud. Be careful as some of these terms can be thrown around loosely. Make sure to check with manufacturer instructions, or get a professional’s opinion before installing any adhesive to your floor.

Why Is It Used?

Many years ago, thinset products were not available. Before the development of moisture-resistant adhesives, basic elements were used. Portland cement and sand were used to make mortar for tile floors and walls. Thinset products and setting methods were developed for setting tiles. Previously, floors were installed directly over cement. Though this worked, it was labor extensive and more expensive. A thinset installation allows high quality, strength, and flexibility

Pros

  • Various formulations for tiles
  • No mold growth
  • Easy to apply
  • Unaffected by heat or water

Cons

  • Sold in powder bags; has to be mixed
  • Everything that is mixed turns hard
  • Hard to find right consistency
  • Only tiling stores offer variety of thinset options

Why Does It Need to Be removed?

Thinset removal If you have decided that your home or office needs a new floor, the most important step is removing the old floor and its adhesive. Unfortunately, you can’t simply reapply thinset and install your new floor. Even after doing your best to remove most of the old thinset, having any remnants of old thinset makes new floor installation nearly impossible. This procedure is not only hard work but extremely important to new floor installation.

Leaving your floor with old thinset can cause your new floor to have holes, cracks, and uneven surfaces. This can be hazardous to people, equipment, and furniture. For more information about floor preparation visit Speedy Floor Removal. Our state-of-the-art machines can remove any elements left behind from your previous floor, including:

  • Adhesives
  • Thinset
  • Paint
  • Sealer
  • Epoxy
  • And more!

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Speedy Floor Removal has several floor removal packages to choose from to help best meet your needs. Since our inception, we have been focused on providing you with the best team to do the best work possible. You receive the most experienced team with the most advanced technology to date. Our customers always receive the best customer service and satisfaction over anyone else. Our services are in many locations to accommodate you!

These areas include:

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Virtually Dustless Tile and Thinset Removal

The process of removing tile and thinset can be messy; however, a virtually dustless floor removal prevents dust from filling up your home and settling. Having the proper equipment reduces airborne dust that ends up collecting in all areas of your home. We guarantee that our virtually dustless floor removal process captures about one pound of dust per square foot. Therefore, our virtually dustless process is cleaner, safer, and healthier than standard floor removing services.

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Sunlight and the Fading of Hardwood Floors

Five Ways to Protect Your Hardwood Floors from UV Rays

Direct sunlight and hardwood floors can potentially face an ugly problem; fading. If you have ever moved a rug or piece of furniture after an extended period of time, you may have noticed the area that was being covered up is a different shade than the wood surrounding it. The loss of color in your hardwood floors is a result of the big three: UV rays, heat, and moisture.

Unfortunately, the problem doesn’t have a single solution. There are also some questions that arise. Why is it that your hardwood floor is two different colors? Better yet, what can be done to preserve the color of the beautiful natural wood? We have compiled the top five ways to protect your hardwood floors from the harmful UV rays.

What Causes Hardwood Floor Fading?

When hardwood floors are exposed to the sun over a period of time, they tend to fade, bleach, or darken—depending on the type of wood. What many people don’t realize is that hardwood floors are sensitive to sunlight. However, the type of wood is not the only factor in the discoloration of your floor; the finish on the floor also plays a factor in how the wood reacts to sunlight.

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UV rays from the sun react with the finish and slowly turn your hardwood floors lighter or darker. Your hardwood floors react with the sunlight the same way our skin reacts to sun exposure. Exposure to sunlight causes many different reactions to various types of skin. UV rays cause some people to tan quickly, whereas others will burn. Sunblock work similarly to wood protection in that it helps keep UV rays and sunlight from direct exposure of your skin. It plays a huge part in helping to minimize the skin’s reaction to the sun and UV rays. However, like the finish on wood, sunblock doesn’t last forever and tends to break down and wear off over time.

Five Ways to Protect Your Hardwood Floors from UV Rays

As we stated before, dealing with the issue of fading and discoloration of your hardwood floors doesn’t have a single solution fix. However, it doesn’t have to be timely and costly either. There a few small things that you can do to help reduce the sunlight exposure your hardwood floors receive.

1.   Rearranging Furniture and Area Rugs
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Now and then, walk around your home and move things around. Find the furniture and area rugs in your home that are in the direct path of the sunlight and rearrange them. Moving things around allows the sunlight to hit areas of your home that are shaded, which in turn gives it even sunlight year round. If there are pieces of furniture that you cannot move, at least try and remove area rugs—or avoid putting furniture in direct sunlight.

2.   Window Coveringblinds-2

Installing curtains and blinds are simple ways to prevent sunlight from hitting your floor. Keeping the windows shaded from the light keeps the sunlight and UV rays from shining down on your hardwood floors and fading them. It is a quick and easy defense against the harmful rays. If closing your blinds isn’t ideal, you can always angle the blinds to let sunlight in at an upwards fashion onto the walls and ceilings—opposed to directly onto your floors.

3.   Tinttinted

Window tint can be costly, but highly rewarding in the fight against sunlight and UV rays. Tinting your windows helps cut down on the amount of sunlight and UV rays in your home without completely staying in the dark. Just like with car tint, there are different percentages of tint for your home. This gives you the options of allowing variable sunlight levels inside of your home.

4.   Awningsawning

An awning or overhang is a secondary covering that attaches to the exterior of the wall of your home. Awnings are a great way to help reduce the sun’s rays from coming through your window and deteriorating your hardwood floors. A typical awning is made up of canvas, cotton, or vinyl fabric. You also can see versions that are aluminum, iron, or steel too. Most likely you will see awnings on commercial buildings or restaurants because they are broad enough to cover a substantial area. Awnings also give you the options to have them retractable or stationary. Though they are not the most attractive, they do help keep your floors stay in their original state.

5.   Low Emissivity Glasse-glass

Low emissivity glass window coatings (Low-E), is a microscopically thin, transparent coating. This coating is thinner than human hair—which reflects long-wave infrared heat. It is a highly reflective material that shifts heat or light energy away by air movement or re-radiation. This isn’t something that you can just spray on your existing windows. This option is perfect for people who are looking to replace their old windows with the most up-to-date, go Green windows. These windows are ideal for reducing not only the amount of UV light that comes into your home but also helps you save on your energy bill as well. Though this is the costliest investment on this list, it works wonders on the protection of your hardwood floors.

Floors Already Faded?

Let’s say that you have already attempted to do everything we have stated on our list—what now? Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done once your hardwood floors have been discolored. If your floors are too far gone and too faded, you may have to refinish or remove your hardwood floors. However, if your floors aren’t too far gone and the fading isn’t too noticeable—we highly suggest that you take our advice from the list above and start protecting your hardwood floors today.

How Speedy Floor Removal Can Help

Speedy Floor Removal in North Central Florida is the most trusted source for floor removal and surface preparation services. If your floors are severely faded, and you have decided to remove your old flooring and install new flooring, make sure to call Speedy Floor Removal for our professional experience. We guarantee that our virtually dustless floor removal process ensures the proper and healthy removal of your old flooring. Before you install a new floor, make sure to contact Speedy Floor Removal for a free estimate!

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