VCT flooring was introduced in the 1940s as an affordable alternative to expensive options like stone and ceramic tiling. If you're transitioning to a new material in your commercial space, the removal process is no small project. 

Fortunately, the U.B. Hardwoods & Flooring team has experts in the business, ready to serve you with comprehensive flooring solutions in the Twin Cities metro area. This quick guide outlines how our flooring removal professionals get the job done right!

Here’s what to expect when we remove your VCT.

Professional Flooring Contractors Use a Variety of Tools 

VCT flooring can be challenging to remove, which is why the pros will bring a variety of tools and heavy machinery, including: 

  • Hammer and pry bar for tile removal
  • Putty knife for scraping off residue 
  • Auto scrubbers 
  • Walk-behind or ride-on floor scraper
  • Shallow blade pitch 
  • Grinders or concrete Tools 

Each tool has a unique purpose, and what they use depends on the thickness of your flooring and adhesive, so expect the pros to utilize a wide variety of tools and techniques. 

How Many VCT Layers Do You Need to Remove?

Before any work begins, the contractor needs to know the extent of the project. On average, there are around four to six layers of VTC to remove.

Be prepared to provide details on how much flooring there is so they know the scope of the job and can come up with the best removal strategy.

When Was the Building Built & VCT Installed?

The age of your building and the VCT installation date are critical factors. Older buildings may have VCT flooring that contains asbestos, a hazardous material requiring specialized removal procedures. 

Have the age of the building and, if possible, when the VCT was installed so they can assess possible risks and comply with safety regulations.

A Quick Rundown On the VCT Removal Process 

Knowing the process will help you be better prepared to give them the answers and have the space ready for the project. 

Typically, a VTC removal includes: 

  • Site Preparation: Preparing the area by clearing the space and protecting surrounding surfaces.
  • Safety Measures: Implementing safety protocols to control dust and particulates.
  • Tile Removal: Using specialized tools to lift and remove the VCT tiles.
  • Adhesive Removal: Eliminating any residual adhesive left on the subfloor.
  • Surface Preparation: Preparing the subfloor for the next phase, whether it's polishing concrete or installing new flooring.

Questions to Ask the Flooring Removal Contractor

Now that you know what to expect, here are a few questions you can ask the contractor to give you more insight.

Is It Better to Polish Existing Concrete or Install New Flooring?

Consider the end goal once the VCT flooring is removed. Are you going for a sleek, modern look with polish, or are you installing a new type of flooring? 

Your choice will impact the removal process and surface preparation, so discuss your options with the contractor.

How Long Does Commercial Flooring Removal Take?

Time is money, especially in commercial settings! Request a detailed timeline from your contractor, including start and finish dates.

Be sure to account for potential disruptions to your business operations to help you plan accordingly and minimize downtime.

What Are Safety Protocols for Particulates That Get Kicked Up? 

Removing VCT flooring can release particulates and dust into the air. However, the contractor should have stringent safety protocols in place to protect workers and occupants. 

Our team always uses dust control measures, air filtration systems, and personal protective equipment (PPE), so you never have to worry. 

Schedule Professional Flooring Removal Near Plymouth, MN

Every flooring material has different challenges when it's time for removal. Whether you are renovating or need a new install, U.B Hardwoods & Flooring is here to help. 

Our family-owned Plymouth company has decades of experience, and we're experts in everything from VTC removal to hardwood flooring installations.

Find out why we're the best in the business! Get your free estimate by clicking on the link or give our office a call at 763-807-4500 today.

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