Having new carpet installed in your building is definitely a smart investment. Carpet, compared to other flooring options, is relatively affordable. That being said, you can still reduce your overall carpet installation bill if you are able to remove your existing carpet on your own. The labor required for this job can be tiring, but you don't need any rare, expensive or heavy power tools. This article explains how to quickly remove carpet and tack strips from concrete and wooden subfloors.
Lifting the Carpet
Most carpet will only be attached to the floor where it is attached to the tack strips. So, you basically just need to pull the carpet, along with the pad underneath it, up. In rare instances, the installer will glue the carpet pad to the subfloor. If this is the case, it should still peel right up, but you might need to scrape away the adhesive afterwards. To help lift the carpet off the ground, you can use a pry bar, but a couple of normal hammers will work just as well. If you can find an edge of the carpet, you can pry upward using the claw end of the hammer.
You can usually dig out the edge of the carpet underneath the baseboard. If you can't find a good place to start, you can use a utility knife to cut a slit in the middle of the carpet and insert the hammer into there. This part of the job requires a lot of lifting and bending over, so be careful. You should also wear protective gloves because the carpet edges can be sharp. Use the utility knife to cut the carpet into smaller rolls that are easier to carry.
Removing the Tack Strips
Once you have the carpet and pad is out of the house, you just need to remove the tack strips. Removing the tack strips from concrete subfloors is usually the easiest. All you need to do is hit the side of the strip with a hammer. If you hit the strip right next to a nail, it should pop the nail right out of the concrete. To remove the tack strips from wooden subfloors, you need to hammer a couple of chisels underneath the strips and then pry them up.
Once all the carpet and tack strips out of your house, you should thoroughly vacuum your floor. At this point, it is a good idea to call a carpet installer and get an updated quote on your installation. Contact a company like East Penn Hardwood Flooring Corp for more information about the installation process.