How To Remove Engineered Wood Flooring From Concrete

The process of removing engineered wood flooring from concrete can be fiddly and time consuming to say the least. Nevertheless, it’s quite natural for people to chop and change their minds when it comes to flooring. Whether you’ve come down with a serious case of homeowner envy after spying your neighbour’s carpet or whether you fancy adding a splash of colour to your floors, we at Carpetright understand that sometimes tastes (and minds) change.

If you find yourself wondering how to remove engineered wood flooring from concrete, the level of difficulty experienced often depends on the installation method. Engineered floors are typically installed using glue which then fastens the wood to the subfloor. However, in some cases the panels are glued to each other and not to the subfloor which makes them a little stubborn to remove.

Luckily for you, we’ve created a step by step guide for carrying out this delicate process.

Things you’ll need

  • Floor Stripper
  • Pry bar
  • Circular saw
  • Safety glasses
  • No. 3 mini sledge hammer
  • Floor scraper
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Bucket

Step 1: Mark the area

Marking the area you’d like to remove makes the whole process more efficient. Place a line of tape down the joint of the hardwood and another one directly up against the edge that will be removed.

Step 2: Cut into the floor

Start cutting into the floor with a circular saw (take care when doing so!), making sure to set the saw to the exact depth of your engineered flooring. Cut directly into the piece that is next to the line of tape but not directly into the tongue as this could damage the part that will remain on the floor. Cut along the seams of the floor every 12 to 18 inches and from one end of the board to the other.

Step 3: Chisel

Attempt to pry up the floor with a pry bar. The wood and concrete will be attached together with glue so prying it may mean it comes apart in pieces. To counter this, you may need to chisel the floor with a hammer and chisel.

In many cases, a hammer and a chisel won't be enough an you will need to use a floor stripper to remove the wood from the concrete. See the video below:

Step 4: Scrape the adhesive

Use a scraper and start removing the adhesive. This will take some time, however adding a few splashes of soapy water to the floor and letting it soak into the glue will help to speed things up.

Should you decide you’d like the help of a professional in carrying out the delicate process of removing engineered wood from concrete, Carpetright have got you covered. Our uplift and disposal service is here to help you say out with the old and in with the new!