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Old 07-21-2010, 09:29 PM   #1
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I am doing some community work and we are renovating a small washroom in a community hall. I will be installing a new vinyl floor and have a few questions.
I will be laying a 1/4" plywood underlay, but should I remove the existing vinyl flooring or just go on top? Also, with a new layer (underlay) I think I'll have to add a transition piece at the door threshold. Is this an issue? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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To provide a smooth surface.
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What is under the existing vinyl?
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The existing surface isn't smooth now? Why not?
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I'm getting the message. If it is is reasonable shape, I could just install the new flooring over the old, correct? I have also had several suggestions to use a commercial grade tile rather than sheet vinyl. Thoughts?
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If it is is reasonable shape, I could just install the new flooring over the old,
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The recommendation would be to remove the old vinyl and its related underlayment.

HOWEVER, if what is there now is in good shape and the existing vinyl is a 100% glue-down and not simply a perimeter glue installation then many would suggest you just go over it. It usually isn't wise to continue to heap floor covering atop floor covering but in this case there probably isn't anything wrong with doing so.

The one thing you may want to do is to skim-coat the old vinyl if it is a style that is somewhat textured with a surface pattern. There are "embossing levellers" made for this purpose. You would skim over the vinyl to fill any low impressions of the old pattern/design, then glue and vinyl right over that.

The "commercial grade vinyl tiles" are OK but usually very very limited in design. Most of them are what you would see in an old WalMart or a grocery store. There are a few nice looking commercial tiles but not many.

DuraCeramic is the first product that comes to mind. It is made by Congoleum and they sell a lot of it. There are others. Before you use DuraCeramic check it out on the Internet. There are many reports of people having problems with it so satisfy yourself that it is for your application.
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