Essential tools for flooring installation
Installing new flooring is a job that requires a good dose of elbow grease, but the right flooring tools can make it quicker and a lot less labor-intensive. You can divide flooring tools into two basic categories: those you'll need to remove old flooring, and those you'll need to install new flooring.
Tools for Removing Flooring
Safety first: you'll need eye protection, safety gloves and, if you opt to use power tools, ear protection.
Your exact equipment list will vary, depending on the type of flooring you need to remove. Essentials in any arsenal of flooring removal tools will include pry bars, a hammer, a chisel and a flooring scraper. A rotary tool such as a grout saw will very likely come in handy as well.
If you're removing vinyl or linoleum flooring, you'll also need a sharp cutting tool and a heat gun. It's much easier to remove these materials if you cut it in manageable strips and use heat to loosen the glue that binds the flooring material to your subfloor. These additional linoleum or vinyl flooring tools are quite inexpensive, should you need them.
Flooring Installation Tools
Your exact equipment list will vary slightly, depending on the type of flooring you're installing, but again, there are some essentials you'll need no matter what your choice of flooring material. Tape measures, chalk lines, utility knives, spacers and a hammer and nails are must-haves. If you prefer, you can use power air tools like nail guns in lieu of their manual or electrical equivalents.
Specific laminate flooring tools you'll want to have on hand if you've selected this popular and durable type of floor material include a rubber mallet, a flooring pull bar, a coping saw and an underlayment pad. In addition to the essentials, specialized hardwood flooring tools you'll need are a table saw, track saw or compound miter saw and a heavy-duty stapler or staple gun. It also helps to have access to power sanders, in case there are rough or uneven regions on your subfloor that you need to fix.
Installing your own flooring can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars compared to the price of hiring a professional. Investing in your own set of flooring tools makes good financial sense and ensures you'll be prepared in case you decide to take on future flooring projects.