If your hardwood flooring is getting old, there's a good chance that it has lost its original shine and gloss. In addition, the structural integrity of the wooden planks may already be compromised, and your hardwood floor may no longer feel as sturdy as it once did. Instead of resurfacing your hardwood floors, this may be a good time to simply tear them out and replace them with new ones that can really make your home feel a lot more luxurious and elegant. This type of construction work isn't easy, and you'll need to rent specific heavy equipment in order to get the job done. Here are 3 pieces of equipment you might find useful.
Air Floor Scrapers
To get the hardwood floors you've always dreamed of as quickly as possible, you'll need to get rid of the old hardwood floors first. Removing each plank manually can be a lot of work and take a lot of time. As a result, it's in your best interest to take advantage of contractor equipment rentals like air floor scrapers. You'll need to rent an air compressor for the air floor scraper; however, it's well worth it due to the increase in efficiency. The blade of these scrapers can quickly and efficiently remove staples off of the hardwood flooring. You'll be able to remove more than one staple at a time.
Air floor scrapers can also be used to remove any glue or other base layers that might be underneath the hardwood floors. You want to create a smooth and even surface before laying out the new hardwood flooring.
Dust Containment Equipment
Tearing out the hardwood flooring isn't going to be an easy task. In fact, it's probably going to kick up a storm of dust that can easily contaminate the entire room, if not house. Don't make your job even harder; instead, be sure to rent heavy-duty dust containment equipment.
While there are plenty of different types of dust containment equipment available, you should consider setting up a system that uses a power blower and a re-usable dust collection bag. The power blower will blow any dust that gets released from the removal of the hardwood floors. Simply place the re-usable dust collection bag in the path of the power blower, and the dust will be easily contained. You won't have to worry about allergies, unsafe working environments, or having to clean up the mess at a later time.
Air Hardwood Floor Nailer
Don't spend a significant amount of time nailing each staple to the new hardwood flooring manually. You'll get the job finished a lot more quickly if you rent air hardwood floor nailers. This equipment needs to be used in conjunction with an air compressor. The air hardwood floor nailer will drive the staples deep into the hardwood floor and even to the underlying baseboard layer at times. This rental equipment will make nailing the hardwood flooring down seem like an easy task, as you won't have to exert much effort yourself.
Look for an air hardwood floor nailer with a large magazine capacity so that you don't have to reload as often. Depending on how fit you are or how large you are, you might also want to take the size of the nailer into consideration as well.
If you are planning on replacing the old, dingy hardwood flooring in your home with something new, don't forget to take a look at how you will be achieving the results you've always dreamed of. Renting contractor equipment can really simplify this task and make your life a lot easier.