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Your Most Important Questions about Removing Ceramic Floor Tiles Now Answered

If you are thinking of revamping a particular room – whether it’s your bathroom, kitchen, pantry, and so on – then you may be wondering whether it’s worth changing the room’s flooring. Unfortunately, if your room has ceramic floor tiles, it can crack or get damaged over time, and the grouting can become discolored or chip away as well, making the room look dingy and outdated. Fortunately, removing tile flooring doesn’t have to be that complicated for an expert, although it’s highly advisable not to do it yourself. But if you plan to remove your old ceramic tiles, it’s understandable to have some questions. Here, then, are answers to your most important questions regarding removing ceramic floor tiles.

  • What are the costs involved?

The estimated cost of having your ceramic floor tiles removed is around $1.50 – $4.00 for every square foot, although this price can vary depending on the professional you choose and your location. For example, if you have a bathroom with 100 sq. feet, you will probably pay something between $150 to $400 to get all the ceramic tiles removed.

  • What affects the fees?

As mentioned, the price can differ depending on where you are and which professional you choose to go with, because if you live in a location with a higher cost of living (which would come with a higher cost of supplies and materials), then you can expect to pay more. Most flooring removal contractors can also base their rates on every square foot of tile they have to remove, so if you have a large bathroom or kitchen, it follows that you will probably have to pay more as well.

  • How does the process work?

The removal process is methodical, and this is why non-specialists are not advised to do it. If you have sufficient skill or time, you can probably tackle it yourself, but there’s the risk of making mistakes (such as hitting pipework and the like).

Your floor tile removal contractor will prep the room or area, so the mess is contained. For example, they can place a divider separating the room where they are working from other areas or rooms. Next, they will check if there are any damaged or weakened tiles, and they will remove these first. One of the tools they can use is a special scraper, and they can also begin their work at the line of grout with a chisel. The scraper and chisel are the most essential tools used by professionals to efficiently and precisely remove the tiles.

  • What else can I expect with the process?

Removing tile flooring is a bit costly because it is a process that takes a lot of time and accuracy. In addition, it produces a lot of mess (so be warned!), and it can be quite difficult and extensive. In some cases, your floor removal expert may decide to use heavier equipment, like a jackhammer.

Once they remove the tiles, the contractor will expose the room’s sub-flooring. Sometimes, they may discover water damage, and if they do, it will have to be addressed before you can do anything else, like install new flooring or tiling. When the contractor has removed every piece of tile, and there are no issues, you can proceed with your new flooring plan.

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Kalvin Abbas
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