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7 Reasons to Choose Speedy Floor Removal

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.

Using Speedy Floor Removal to complete your floor removal project means the job will be done quickly and efficiently. Unlike handymen and other unspecialized contractors, we have the right equipment on hand to remove floors quickly. Removing old flooring and preparing subfloors for new installation is the only thing we do. We have spent years and thousands of dollars investing in doing it the right way.

#3: Skilled Professionals

Our crew of insured and highly skilled experts are trained to meet the toughest quality standards and committed to customer satisfaction.

Hiring the best professionals in the business is our top priority. We put the customer first and our crew treats your home with the care and respect it deserves. Our leadership, values, and highly skilled team are what set Speedy Floor Removal apart in an industry awash with unscrupulous fly-by-night businesses. Our team is not only highly skilled and proficient in using our industry-leading tools, but also extensively trained to protect your home and safely dispose of waste.

#4: A Better Installation

The highly efficient Speedy Floor Removal system achieves a perfectly level, superior sub-floor, ready for new installation.

Speedy knows floor removal is about so much more than just removing the existing flooring. Once the old flooring is removed, you are left with a variety of glues, residues, and other coatings from the previous flooring. Often several generations of flooring have used been in one area, leaving behind a whole time capsule of different adhesives! Placing new flooring on top of this mixture creates an uneven surface that looks bad, feels uneven underfoot, and seriously damage the new flooring over time.

Removing the old floor is only one part of our process. Our top-of-the-line grinders remove even the thinnest, most undetectable layers of sealant and adhesive, leaving your subfloor perfectly prepared for fresh, new flooring.

#5: No Damage

Our professional crew and state-of-the-art machines complete a safer, cleaner, and more carefully executed floor removal project.

You never know what is holding a floor down and removing old flooring can require a lot of force! Protecting your family, home, and belongings is a top priority for our entire crew. Every member of our team has been carefully trained in protecting your cabinets, furniture, walls, and other flooring.

Our equipment is the most sophisticated in the business, specifically designed to easily enter and exit your home leaving no impact. Trust your home to the experts who care.

#6: No Cleaning Bill

The fast and efficient Speedy Floor Removal system creates a simpler clean-up and disposal process, which translates into big savings.

Our state-of-the-art equipment uses built-in vacuum systems that remove dust as they work. Our team is specially trained to safely dispose of waste as it is collected.

Other services use tape and plastic barriers to protect your home from dust and particles. We know this is not enough! Dust becomes insidious and settles everywhere around your home. Speedy Floor Removal combines traditional plastic barriers with cutting-edge suction equipment to ensure your floor removal process is virtually dust-free, meaning the rest of your home does not need deep-cleaning after the project is finished.

#7: No Loose Ends

Speedy Floor Removal professionals do the job right the first time—saving you time and money.

Like any remodeling project, floor removal can come with lots of unexpected twists and turns. At Speedy, we know what to look for and assess the situation as soon as we enter your home. We endeavor to address and work with every unforeseen circumstance that comes our way, never leaving you high and dry with a half-finished project.

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8 Things to Consider Before Buying New Flooring

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. Engineered hardwood flooring is designed to better withstand the climate of Florida.

Coordination

Not only will you want to think about what colors, patterns, and textures appeal the most to you, but you’ll also want to think about what compliments your current decor. If you won’t be redecorating afterward, you will probably want to choose a flooring that coordinates with your current furniture and accessories in the room.

Floor Care

Different flooring requires different maintenance. You will need to factor in what kind of upkeep and cleaning. Will you need to refinish the flooring later? Will it require steaming? You will need to determine how much time you will have for the required upkeep before making a decision.

Allergies

If you or someone in your home has allergies, carpet flooring may not be the best option for you. Carpet can accumulate allergens like dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, and other potentially aggravating proteins. Tile and hardwood flooring collects fewer dust mites and allergens.

Installation

If you will be installing the new flooring yourself, you will need to know how to install the flooring you buy. If you choose to do the installation yourself, you will need to make sure you can identify and repair a faulty subfloor and know how to safely dispose of the old flooring. Some flooring may require professional removal.

Speedy Floor Removal can assist you in the floor removal process through our Speedy Assist program. Speedy Assist will provide you with industry-leading equipment and a highly trained expert so that you can get the job done quickly and efficiently!

Refinishing

If you currently have hardwood flooring, don’t be so hasty to rip them out before doing your research on your refinishing options. You may be able to preserve it with a new stain. Refinishing your current hardwood flooring can restore the wood’s original appearance and shine. You can even change its color or finish.

Additional Costs

Not only do you have to think about the cost of the new flooring you choose, but you also have to think about the cost of underlayment, delivery, and installation, as well as additional materials such as baseboards, stains, or adhesive. You should also factor in removal and disposal of your previous flooring.

 

Speedy Floor Removal removes all types of flooring and coverings, such as carpet, tile, and hardwood flooring for industrial, commercial, and residential facilities. We will prepare your surface by removing any epoxy, glue, oils, dust, and more in order for your flooring to look its best. We also will safely dispose of your old flooring when we are finished.

 

Contact Speedy Floor Removal today to get a free quote for your next project.

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What’s So Bad About Tile Dust?

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, crystalline silica can be ground down to microscopic particles and released into the air, creating dust that can lead to a variety of health complications. Crystalline silica is a lung carcinogen, meaning that constant exposure to this tile dust would cause serious lung problems.

According to the United States Department of Labor, “Silica dust is hazardous when very small (respirable) particles are inhaled. These respirable dust particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause disabling and sometimes fatal lung diseases, including silicosis and lung cancer, as well as kidney disease.”

Virtually Dustless Floor Removal

Whether you are removing tile, hardwood flooring, or carpet, the only way to have a dustless floor removal is to have the right equipment. With all of the dangers of dust inhalation, don’t take the risk. Call in the experts.

Speedy Floor Removal offers several floor removal packages that will leave your home free of dust. Speedy Dust Collection Systems collect almost one pound of dust per square foot, and our HEPA Certified Air Cleaners capture dust unseen to the eye. To learn more about our virtually dustless floor removal process, contact Speedy Floor Removal today.

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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. It can easily become stained from a single spill, taking a deep cleaning to get out. Spills can also lead to odor, even after the stain has been removed. Professional cleaning is an option to get tough stains and smells out, but it will cost you a pretty penny.

Carpet also isn’t as long-lasting as most flooring options. If it is well maintained with frequent vacuuming and steam cleaned once a year, you can extend its life a little longer. However, good upkeep can’t save carpet from general wear and tear such as mats or seams showing.

Dust mites, allergens, and moisture can hide deep within your carpet and not be picked up by your vacuum. Allergens trapped in carpet are especially troubling for families with small children. If you or someone in your household has severe allergies, this may not be the ideal flooring for you.

 

Hardwood Flooring

Pros

Hardwood flooring is a great way to make a room look clean and simple. With a wide variety of options, hardwood flooring makes it easy to find the right kind and price for you. And if you want to spice it up later, you can put a fun rug down.

If you have allergies, hardwood flooring is a great option. Unlike carpet, hardwood gives allergens no place to hide. Simply cleaning your floors will get rid of any allergens.

Cleaning hardwood floors is much easier than cleaning carpet. However, they do need to be cleaned more often. You want to make sure to sweep or vacuum and mop them every week or so. They will last a lifetime if well taken care of.

Cons

Buying and installing hardwood flooring is a hefty upfront investment compared to other flooring options. Hardwood will need to be refinished from time to time in order to keep it looking fresh.

Unlike carpet, hard surface floors make every little sound detectable. You’ll be able to hear kids, pets, and anyone else in the house walking around.

In the winter, hardwood flooring can be cold on your feet. However, an easy fix can be wearing socks or putting down a rug.

 

The Decision

When deciding between carpet and hardwood flooring, you also need to take your lifestyle into account. Do you have children? Are your pets potty-trained? What is your budget? These answers, along with all of the information above, will allow you to make an informed decision on your brand new flooring.

If you are planning a home renovation project, let the professionals of Speedy Floor Removal help you. We can remove your flooring safely and quickly.

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

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Tile Removal the Easy Way

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. Once you have broken apart the first tile, you can then use the chisel to pry it up. Use the hammer and chisel to pop the rest of the tiles up by placing the chisel against the bottom edge of the tiles and using the hammer to apply pressure to pop the rest up.

If the flooring area you are removing it too large for this tedious task, you can use electric tools to for quicker, more efficient work.

Remove the Underlayment

The underlayment is whatever you find under your tile once you have pulled it all up.

This can include:

  • Cement
  • Plywood
  • Backer Board
  • Plywood
  • Or more tile…

In most flooring jobs, it is best to go ahead and remove the underlayment, as it could be concealing mold or water damage. It should almost always come up after removing the tile.

If there are screws attaching the underlayment to the floor, you can use a screw gun to remove them. Pry up the edges of the underlayment; this can be done with a roofing rake and a flat shovel.

Clean the Subfloor

It is important that your floor is properly prepped before the flooring installation. You will need to remove any adhesive and remaining screws. If there is any remaining thin set, you will need to go over the surface with a scraper. If there is any old thinset left behind, your new floor could have holes, cracks, and uneven surfaces.

It is very important that you do not begin installing your new flooring until the subfloor is completely flat and smooth.

 

Speedy Assist Program

The job of tile removal, or any floor removal process really, can be a daunting task. And after reading through what it takes, you may have some doubts, but Speedy Floor Removal is here to lend a hand.

With the Speedy Assist Program, you can get our industry leading floor equipment along with one of our highly trained experts to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Our expert will assist you in the planning of the floor removal, operating the equipment, and also provide you the tools needed for a successful floor removal project.

The Speedy Assist Program will assist you in floor covering removal, coating removal, and even surface preparation to make sure your floor is properly prepped before installing the new flooring. Speedy Floor Removal serves Jacksonville, Gainesville, and the surrounding areas in Florida.  Let us assist you with your next project and call Speedy Floor Removal today!

 

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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

We’re Here for Your Removal Services

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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