vinyl sheet or tile (or allure) over old vinyl?
The context is that I just want to clean up the look of my home before I put it on the market. The current sheet vinyl floor has a ripped seam, some curling edges, a cigarette burn, and some unsightly scratches. I doesn't have any kind of pattern. Its just a beige color with a fine pitted texture. The small pits (like pinpoints) tend to capture dirt and it looks dirty. It was installed about 9 years ago.
I may be able to do trafficmaster allure myself (the tile look), but the various problems I've heard of with scratching and lifting seams scare me. Also, this will require both quarter-round moulding along the room perimeter and cutting into the door jambs to fit tile underneath. I'm in the northeast, but don't have AC so there will be large temperature swings between hot and cool days (possibly between 60F and 90f). Also, I'll have to drag my appliances around to move back into position.
I am inclined to hire someone to do the job for me. When inquiring about my options in the flooring section of HD, they said the WOULD NOT install new vinyl over old vinyl without new 1/4" plywood underlayment. The reasoning is that they cannot guarntee the quality of this installation because they can't guarntee that the vinyl underneath won't lift or cause other problems. I'd rather not deal with the extra cost and height issues of new plywood if possible. 2 other contractors/customers that I ran into over by the vinyl tile section seemed to think it was no problem to simply cut out the curling edges and ripped seam, fill in the gaps with floor leveler, and go right over the old vinyl (as long as the current vinyl is in otherwise good shape).
I understand that the ideal underlayment for new vinyl is fresh plywood, but I just want something that is good enough and looks better than the dirty and worn vinyl I have now. At some point, I'd imagine that a future owner (not me!) will want to redo the kitchen and THAT will be the time to rip up and start over.