Carpet is soft, cushiony, and warm on a cold winter morning.
But that’s where the benefits over hardwood end. Have you ever taken a minute to go over all of the drawbacks to having your living room (or worse, your entire house) coated with that fluff:
- Easy to stain
- Hard to clean
- Collects dust, dander, and other allergens
- Color fades quickly
- Looks pretty ugly if its not replaced every few years
- Can go out of style easily
Compare that to the benefits of hardwood:
- Spills can be wiped up with a paper towel
- Cleaning takes about 2 minutes of sweeping
- Finish lasts for decades
- Hardwood is always in style
- Great for skating in your socks!
How To Replace Carpet with Hardwood
So, if you’ve been thinking for a while about replacing your nasty, old, outdated carpets with sleek, modern hardwood floors, read on to learn all about what goes into the process.
Step 1: Pull Up Your Carpet
The first stage is to get rid of your carpet. For this step, you’ll need the following:
- Needlenose Pliers
- Work gloves
- Carpet knife
The process is pretty straight forward (but it does take a good deal of elbow grease). Starting in one corner of the room, use your carpet knife to cut a square approximately two feet by two feet. Then use your hands (with gloves on) to pull back the carpet in one corner as much as you can. Usually, your bare hands are all you need, but if the carpet is particularly heavily enforced, you might need to use your crowbar to pry it loose. Stack the removed carpet square somewhere out of the way.
Next, you’ll see that the floor beneath the carpet is covered in staples, tacks, or other adhesive devices. You might even see long thin strips of wood covered in tiny nails. Using a combination of your crowbar and pliers, pull up every nail, tack, staple, or whatever. Be sure to have a coffee can or something similar to collect all of these in. If a staple is particularly hard to get a grip on, you can try inserting a small flathead screwdriver underneath to pry it up a bit before pulling it loose with pliers.
Keep repeating this process with small sections of the carpet until you’ve got the entire room cleared. Then move on to the next room.
Carpet waste is going to take up a lot more space than you imagine, so if you are clearing out more than one room, you are probably going to need a bin to dispose of all those little 2’x2′ squares. Check with your regular waste disposal company or do a simple search on Google such as dumpster rental Denver (obviously using your own city) in order to find a reputable dumpster rental service in your area. Be sure to let them know that you are disposing of carpet and check if there are any special regulations or charges for this service.
The Lucky Few Who Can End the Job There
If you are lucky enough that you house was built in an era before wall to wall carpet was the norm, you might be able to call it quits there. You might tear up the carpet and find that beneath it is perfectly usable hard wood flooring. Odds are, though, that you’ve still got work to do. And that’s what the next section is about.
Step 2: Installing the Hardwood Floor
Beneath your carpet is what is known as sub-floor, or the floor beneath your floor. Usually this is just bare plywood or a hard concrete slab. The sub-floor is exactly where you’ll be installing your new hardwood. You’ve got a few different methods to choose from: staples, nails, or glue. We’ll go over each method below.
Stapling Down Your Hardwood Floor
This method doesn’t really work on concrete, so only use it if you’ve got a wooden sub-floor. All it takes is using a staple gun to attach the hardwood to your sub-floor. If the sub-floor has planks instead of straight plywood, you need to lay your hardwood against the grain of the sub-floor in order to prevent warping over time. Otherwise, any reshaping that occurs on the sub-floor will be translated to your precious hardwood.
Nailing Down Your Hardwood Floor
Very similar to stapling, this just involves using a nail and hammer (or nailgun) to adhere your hardwood to the sub-floor. Again, this won’t work on concrete, and you need to follow the same against-the-grain laying method described above if you are installing over floorboards.
Gluing Down Your Hardwood Floor
This is the ideal method for installing on top of concrete, but it works just as well over wooden sub-floors. It involves adhering your hardwood to the sub-floor with industrial strength epoxy. It can be a tricky process to do properly, though, so we recommend finding a professionally trained hardwood floor installation specialist if you will be using the glue method of installation.
Hardwood floors a universally loved by homeowners. Some people really hate carpet, but no one is adamant against hardwood. So if you are thinking of selling your house in the near future, they can be a great way to increase your customer base. Even if you aren’t selling, a little bit of elbow grease is worth the peace of mind that comes with flooring that is a beauty on the eyes and a cinch to maintain.… Read More
If you are planning an estate cleanout, chances are you are already under a degree of stress. We often need to clear an estate when a family member or close friend has passed away and their home needs to be emptied of their possessions. Here are some of the things to consider before you start the process to make the whole ordeal easier, quicker and less stressful for you.
Do you Have Someone to Help You?
This is not something you can or should do alone. Depending on the size of the estate, this can be an enormous undertaking and might be physically and emotionally exhausting for you. Get family and friends to help in small shifts if possible to sort through all of the belongings. For the physical labor, you should do some research into hiring a company to expedite the process after you have decided what needs to be thrown away and what should be kept for various purposes.
Where Are the Key Financial Documents?
Before you start throwing things away, locate and secure things like wills, trusts, insurance statements, deeds, titles, bank statements, certificates, tax information, and receipts. Many elderly people do not keep these papers neatly organized all in one place. Over time they may have gotten mixed in with papers and documents that are more or less just trash. Before starting to throw things away, make sure you have located the most important documents.
Can you Sell or Donate Any of the Belongings?
Not everything in the home should be treated as junk or trash. Many things should be donated or sold to make money for a funeral or other similar costs. If there is a mortgage to be paid off or rent still owed, it could help to have extra cash from things that could be sold. You can bring items to places like Goodwill or Salvation Army to be donated, as long as they are clean, unbroken, and still functional.
Did You Think About Hiring an Appraiser?
It may seem like just another step to draw out the process, but doing some research into hiring an appraiser can actually be worth the time. If there is a lot of furniture, jewelry and antiques, a professional can give you a fairly accurate estimate at an hourly rate. This will help if you do decide to sell any of the items in the house.
Did you Talk to the Family?
If the estate doesn’t belong to a direct family member, it’s best to talk to the family and get a list of items they want to keep before you start clearing out. Have them work out problems and disputes on their own and then present you with a list. If you need to, don’t be afraid to involve a mediator or legal help if cooperation becomes difficult. Even if the home did belong to one of your family members, it is possible that other relatives may want to keep things from the home that have sentimental value. …Read More
As a homeowner, you know there is a wide array of tedious tasks that need to be done to maintain the aesthetics and safety of your home, from roof to basement. One of the most discussed tasks is replacing broken or missing shingles, either after a bad storm or maybe just after years of wear and tear. Many roofing companies offer this service, but you may find that they charge astronomical prices, are difficult to schedule with, and can be a loud nuisance as they work. A simple solution to this age-old problem – replace your shingles yourself! But how? You may think that roofing isn’t something just anyone can do. But replacing asphalt shingles on your own can actually be easy enough for you to do yourself, with the right guidance and equipment.
Steps to Replace Your Own Shingles
The first thing to remember with any DIY project is safety. Make sure to work slowly and carefully as a fall from your roof can result in serious injury! You may want to have someone help you by handing you tools and shingles so you don’t have to move around too much. Or have someone to spot you on the ground or someone to come check on you every now and again to make sure you haven’t tripped or injured yourself.
To start, you’ll need the following tools and equipment:
- Roof shingles
- Roofing paper
- Roofing hammer
- Roofing nails
- Utility knife
- 2×4 bracing
- Ladder to get onto the roof
- Sturdy shoes with traction soles to prevent slipping
- You may also want to invest in a hard hat, just in case
Step 1: A Clean Slate
Start by getting rid of any old, worn, broken or chipped roof tiles that will be replaced. You can use the hammer claw and knife to pry them up. Also, make sure to remove the nails and felt rooting paper in the area where you will add new shingles. If you are replacing a large portion of your roof, you might want to consider a dumpster rental service to make cleanup a cinch. Most of these companies offer same day delivery and pickup, so you won’t have to worry about taking several trips to the dump.
Step 2: Lay the Groundwork
Start from the lowest section and work your way up when installing new singles. First, apply the new roofing paper with the nails to the surface to be reshingled. The paper should overlap each piece by 2 inches from above.
Step 3: Attach the Shingles
Now lay down and attach the shingles themselves. You should be using galvanized roofing nails through the center of each shingle.
Line up the bottom of each shingle with the top of the previous course so that each shingle is exposed by about 6 inches. The courses should be vertically aligned and alternating.
You can shingle a ridge or hip by cutting down your shingles into 3 pieces. Overlap them so they straddle the ridge and nail them in on each side.
And there you have it! There is really nothing to reshingling a roof yourself. Just make sure you are safe and are using shingles that match the material and color of the old shingles. You can prevent wear and tear by using high quality materials, regularly remove debris like leaves and trash from your roof, check for corrosion regularly and keep your gutters and downspouts clean and clear so there is no backup.…Read More