Remove/rip out the parquet: this is how it works

At some point, for each parquet floor, the time comes when it needs to be removed. Depending on the type of installation and the type of parquet, hard-working do-it-yourselfers can start the work themselves or commission a specialist company. The decisive factor is whether it is prefabricated parquet or solid parquet. The glue used also plays a role. In addition, it depends on the time available, how large the area is and which tools or heavier equipment need to be used. The cost factor is also important – self-making saves costs, but can be very cumbersome and difficult. A professional, on the other hand, is well equipped and knows the challenge of removing parquet very well.

When do i need to remove parquet?

Basically, the natural material wood is durable. Parquet can be sanded and re-treated. However, this is only possible several times with solid parquet. In the case of prefabricated parquet, the useful layer is relatively thin, so that grinding leads to a good result at most twice. Thus, if the originally laid parquet floor is no longer renovatable, it must be removed and replaced. Another reason: The old parquet simply doesn’t like the residents anymore. Before you can lay new parquet, the old wooden floor must inevitably give way.

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The simple case: Remove floating laid parquet

The easiest way is to remove the distance when it is a floating prefabricated parquet. In this case, only the individual elements are glued together. It is even easier with a click parquet where no glue was used at all. The parquet is not glued to the ground under any circumstances, so the removal of the floor is easy.

First it goes to the removal of the skirting boards. Afterwards, the first row of parquet is raised, starting at one end of the room. It makes sense to use a lever tool. With a crowbar or a so-called cow’s foot, it is possible to remove the parquet. The only difficulty is in the front row, after the joint has only a dimension of about 10 to 15 millimeters. When the first row of parquet is removed, the further removal succeeds very quickly.

Exception: Glued parquet elements with a groove-spring connection can be a little more complicated. It is necessary to break the connections between the individual planks. But the effort is also limited in this case and is easy to manage by hobby craftsmen.

With high effort: Remove glued prefabricated parquet

On the other hand, the situation is quite different when fully glued prefabricated parquet has to be removed before new planks can be laid. The fixed bonding is normally not to be loosened by hand. This is only possible if the adhesive compound is brittle for reasons of age. So before you resort to the use of machines, it is worth trying. With a brittle adhesive compound, it is feasible to scrape off the individual parquet rods. Good aids are chisels, scrapers and spatula. However, the work requires time and strength.

Only a special machine helps with a stable adhesive connection. The use of force is still needed, but at least progress is being seen relatively quickly. When a machine is used, it makes sense to use a device with fine dust extraction. Otherwise, experts advise wearing a respirator so that the dust does not cause any health damage.

Removing prefabricated parquet is particularly difficult when elastic adhesives have been used. These are mostly silane adhesives,which are characterized by a long service life. This actual quality feature can cause great difficulties when removing parquet. The lowest layer of the parquet rods can stick to the screed and must be removed in painstaking work.

The best way to do it is the expert: Remove solid parquet

In the case of solid parquet, age is the first thing that matters. Parquet, which has been in use for a few decades or more, often dissolves almost by itself. The adhesives used at the time have long since lost their strength. However, novel adhesives such as an elastic silane adhesive make removal an enormous challenge. By hand, the removal is practically impossible. You need a professional parquet layer with experience and above all a special machine.

With an old solid parquet, it may be worth thinking about the alternative of “grinding and resealing”. The special charm of a floor “with history” can be wonderfully emphasized when a time-honoured solid parquet, freshly overhauled, is combined with the right interior!

How much does the parquet removal cost?

The cost of removing a parquet floor is variable and depends on the condition of the old floor. Bonding, size of space and time involved in pricing. If the bonding is brittle, the removal can be very quick and easy, but with an elastic adhesive with high adhesive force a great effort is required. A competent specialist company prepares a meaningful cost estimate, so you are safe from unpleasant surprises.

Even before the distance, it is important to inform yourself about parquet prices in general. Then it is also possible to make a realistic assessment for the parquet purchase. After the old floor has been expertly removed, a new parquet or floorboard floor can be laid, which again ensures a pleasant living atmosphere.

Where can I dispose of parquet?

Old parquet falls under the category of construction rubble. Under no circumstances should the planks be burned, because in the ripped-out parquet there are almost always pollutants in some form. Adhesives, oils and sealing varnishes can harm health, these materials must not enter groundwater or be disposed of in any other way in the environment. Where to go with old parquet? If the only small quantities are and the parquet has been laid floating – without glue – the remains can be disposed of in household waste. Most of the time, however, there are large quantities of waste. Especially when the old parquet was glued, it is even hazardous waste. Adhesives used a few decades ago often contain toxic components. In this context: When removing the old parquet, a respirator should always be worn.

You can ask the municipality if the local building yard is the right place to go. The administration provides information on where to dispose of parquet. Anyone who commissions a professional with the removal and disposal is also on the safe side. The costs also include removal, an expense that is worthwhile.

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