Carpet removal services remove and dispose of wall-to-wall carpeting safely and efficiently. They will remove the existing carpet along with tack strips, glue and stapled-down padding originally used in the installation process. You will need to have old carpet removed before putting in new carpet or replacing it with a hard floor covering such as wood, tile or cement. Many carpet removal services specialize primarily in installing carpet and other types of flooring. When replacing wall-to-wall carpet with new carpet from big box stores or home improvement warehouses, removal of the old carpet will not always be included in the cost.
Carpet removers are not required to be licensed contractors, but some are. Contractors are typically bonded, which provides a certain amount of liability protection in case they cause damage or fail to complete the job as contracted. In addition, hiring a contractor or company that’s been in business for at least 10 years makes sense because quite a bit of expertise required for carpet removal, along with a variety of specialized tools. The more experience a carpet specialist has, the more versatile he or she will be. For example, Cardy’s Carpet Service can provide stretching, patching and repair services as well as removal of old carpet. Owner Cardy Moten and his brother learned the trade from their father, so have lots of experience. Even experienced carpet and flooring experts need to keep their industry knowledge up to date. Brent Wohrer of the The Floor Corps and J. Federico Godinez of Fred Carpet and Flooring Installation keep up with industry trends by completing carpet and tile classes regularly.
Carpet removal is typically priced by the hourly cost of labor to remove and dispose of the carpet and padding. Some companies base their prices on the square yardage of carpet to be removed. Ok Corral Carpets’ standard fee for carpet removal and haul-away is $1 per square yard, and for removing carpet from staircases, the cost is $7 per step.
How a company disposes of old carpet may contribute to what it charges. Used carpet is recyclable through the nonprofit Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE). Recycling carpet through CARE or local recycling operations, however, is not free. Breaking carpet down and turning it into things such as composite lumber, tile backer board, roof shingles and auto supplies is a time- and labor-intensive process. CARE estimates that recycling costs at 5 cents to 25 cents per pound of old carpet, and carpet typically weighs about four to five pounds per square yard. Taking the carpet to the dump may incur a fee as well, of course.
Provide as much information upfront about your carpet removal, repair or installation project as is possible to avoid surprise costs.