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Rip Up the Underlayment

Homeowners everywhere know that one of the easiest ways to increase the value of their homes is by completing a modern bathroom renovation. Updating your existing bathroom can be as large or as small a job as you choose to make it, and there are many important decisions that need to be made before you begin.  Your first decision will be whether you decide to use a contractor for the project, or if you are going to go the do-it-yourself route.

If you have decided on an economical bathroom renovation, you may have decided to complete the project yourself.  One of the most expensive and challenging tasks in remodeling your bathroom lies in the flooring.  The flooring is literally the foundation for any room, and by carefully selecting and installing materials, you can create a beautiful floor for your new bathroom.

Taking out old floor can be difficult.  No matter if you are ripping out vinyl, tile or any other material, you can be stuck with stubborn pieces that refuse to come up.  An easier and less time-consuming way to get rid of old flooring is by taking out the underlayment along with the covering material.  The underlayment is the thin layer between the covering and the subfloor.  It serves to provide a layer of protection against leakage, and stability to the flooring.

By using a saw, you can set the blade just deep enough to cut into the underlayment without going all the way to the subfloor.  By doing this, you will be able to take out the existing floor covering, along with the underlayment, in chunks.

You will need to install a new underlayment before you add your new floor covering, but this is a simple and economical task.  A thin sheet of plywood or cement board can be used to cover the sub floor, and then you are ready to install your new flooring!

Putting in your own floors is one way to complete economical bathroom renovations, and by removing the underlayment when you do it, you can make the process as easy as possible.

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