What To Buy From Home Depot To Take Out Laminate Flooring

Installing laminate flooring is a time-consuming but fairly simple project. However, removing it can be a bit more tricky. If you are purchasing items from Home Depot to remove such a floor, it's important to know the correct items to buy in order to get the job done correctly the first time. Best of all, if you remove the floor using the proper tools, the panels of wood can be reused or sold. 

The first thing you'll want to purchase is protective gear. According to Home Depot's website, it's a good idea to wear sturdy work gloves to protect your fingers and hands while lifting up the flooring. Safety goggles are also recommended, as sharp pieces of the laminate can easily fly up and hurt your face or eyes. The edges of laminate can be very sharp, and purchasing protective gear at Home Depot can help you get the job done without any injuries. 

The next step will be removing the quarter-round molding and baseboards. To do this, you'll need to purchase a utility knife. According to Crafted by the Hunts, you might also want to purchase a trim puller, pliers, and a hammer. 

Further items to purchase for floor removal

Next, you will need tools to remove the transition strips. This can be done with a drill. If you don't have a drill and would like to save money, you can use the pry bar you purchased. Other shopping list items that could get the job done include a wide-blade screwdriver or putty knife. 

When removing laminate flooring, you might discover that the panels have been glued down. If this is the case, you will want to purchase a floor scraper. If your budget is a bit more generous, you can save time and effort by buying an orbital sander. A third purchase option? According to Home Flooring Pros, buying a heat gun will soften any glue to make it easier to scrape off.

Outside of the recommended items listed, there are, of course, basic things you'll need to buy if you don't have a base supply of tools to work from. You will definitely need to purchase a hammer and drill bits, as well as an industrial vacuum or broom/dustpan to clean up the mess when you're done.