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harmony 02-26-2008 03:07 PM

Ripping up Vinyl Flooring
So I am looking to get rid of my disgusting vinyl floor in my kitchen and replace it with laminate flooring.

The vinyl is old (maybe 25 years) and cracked. The corner of a tile was ripped off and now I see there is even older tile underneath- looks like it's from the 60's.

My appartment is on the top floor of a building that is almost 100 years old- with beautiful (though worn) hardwood flooring throughout. I don't know what the best way is to go about ripping up the double tile fiasco or if it is even advisable. I am afraid of what might be underneath it- as well as the troubles the job might cause the people living below me.

Does anyone have experience with poorly kept historical housing? Or with this vinyl tiling issue? Advice?

Bud Cline 02-26-2008 03:14 PM

Leave it there and install the lam over it.:)

mike costello 02-26-2008 03:19 PM

Buds right. Your probably dealing with asbestos in those old linos.

Just cover em

harmony 02-26-2008 03:29 PM

will covering the old floors create more problems in the future?

mike costello 02-26-2008 04:49 PM

Well, maybe...ok I couldnt do the wise guy response.....No, it wont cause any problems, but if your just covering up problems its not going to help

If its lyin flat and not busting up everywhere having a floating floor sitting on it cant hurt at all. When you pull it up in the future it will probably look like it did the day you covered it

mike costello 02-26-2008 04:50 PM

Just how long is the future anyway?

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