As part of our work at Totally Stripped, we offer office and shop demolitions; strip outs and defits from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Ballina, Grafton, Byron Bay down to Lismore, Sydney and more.
When it comes to our clients’ floor removal needs, most have shop leases and rentals that require that the premises be returned to the same condition it was in for the next renter to make their own. As most store owners would have painted, re-floored and even altered the lighting of their shop, this isn’t a small task. Painting over a wall and removing a few light fixtures is the easy part – it’s the floor that is always the challenge.
According to the Urbis Australian Shopping Centre Industry report, there are 1753 shopping centres in Australia with over 65,000 speciality shops, which cover a collective 8.7 million square metres of Gross Lettable area that could require stripping. We have noticed more and more clients from all over Australia specifically requesting that we help them with timber floor removal and stripping. Many of these clients have already tried to get assistance from other floor strippers or tried to do it themselves, with limited or no success – or with the floor incorrectly or partially stripped.
Like many things, timber removal on the floor looks easier than it is. Depending on the thickness of the wood, a jackhammer might be needed, or you might need to cut through the timber with a circular saw. Most timber flooring in Australian shops use direct stick flooring. This means that the wooden flooring has been attached to the underlying cement surface or concrete slab using glue. If removed incorrectly, it could damage this surface and create a massive mess. Once the timber has been removed from the floor the glue will also need to be carefully ground off the floor using specialised equipment.
Timber removal isn’t a task for DIY, and we strongly recommend you consult a professional and not attempt to do it yourself. A failure to do so could negatively impact your business if it violates your rental agreement in any way.
If all the information above overwhelms you, don’t get stressed. Remember that there are companies that are specialised floor strippers who can be hired at an affordable price to get the job done. Use your increased understanding to find the best one! Call Totally Stripped today for your obligation free quote and professional advice.