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Old 10-22-2009, 09:33 PM   #1
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I'm pulling up the vinyl flooring in my bathroom and will be laying peel and stick vinyl tiles. Can I use a leveler on the particle board prior to puting the tiles down? Will it be level enough? Will they adhere strong enough?

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Old 10-23-2009, 06:58 AM   #2
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I owned a home that was built in the early 70's and they used particle board in all the flooring. They had the peel & stick type tiles on bath, kitchen and foyer floors. In all areas the tiles kept coming loose, shifted and cracked... and God forbid you have water splashed over from kids playing during bath time. The water got in where the tiles had gabs and swelled over time -- what a mess! I learned back then (from the experts) that particle board, in general, is not a good flooring sub-surface. All the floors had the particle board replaced and new linoleum installed. No problems after that.

The tiles have space where moisture can get in. The peel & stick tiles don't have the same adhesion as linoleum adhesives. Linoleum has no spaces therefore less opportunity for moisture issues. In a bathroom moisture will be an issue.

What about laying a luan then linoleum over your particle board if removing the particle board isn't an option? Good luck!

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Whatever you do, peel and stick are only temporary flooring.
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What about laying a luan then linoleum over your particle board if removing the particle board isn't an option? Good luck!
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sorry about the wrong terminology (luan). Yes, it was 1/4 inch underlayment.
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If you have 1/4 inch underlay you should be find. As mentioned before the tiles are prone to letting water under them. If you are able to find a good sheet vinyl that has the same tile look to it. It will last much longer and you will be happier in the long run. My bother used the tiles about 8 months ago and he's already hating them.
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Any vinyl on a bath floor is a disaster waiting to happen.
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I've seen vinyl last 30 years on a bathroom floor with no problem.
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Any vinyl on a bath floor is a disaster waiting to happen.
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Certainly more comfortable and warmer on bare feet than tile.

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