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Old 01-08-2015, 09:58 AM   #1
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I am renovating a bathroom in a house flip and have a some questions on the flooring. I am wanting to install vinyl tile that can be grouted. I currently have particle board subfloors. I have seen where I cannot but the peel and stick tiles over this type of subfloor, so I am going to put down and underlayment. Can I use 1/4" wall panels that I took down from the kitchen? These have one side that is smooth and one side has grooves that look like panels. I was thinking of putting the panel side face down so that Im left with a smooth surface for the tiles. Would this be a good idea? Also, is it better to grout the tiles or caulk them? Thanks!
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What are the panels made of?
Why do you want to rout vinyl tiles? I never heard of that.
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The panels are plywood. Just like 1/4" luan except they have the cosmetic design on one side. The vinyl tiles that I am installing are new the new kind that you grout after installation. Just makes them appear to be real tile.
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Luan is not a good choice under vinyl.Especially in a bath where there is moisture.The laminations will separate.
Since you did not post your location I don't know if you have a Menards in your are but they sell a peal and stick tile that is heavier and has a rounded edge that is made for grout.I have installed quite a bit of it and was pretty impressed of the look and durability for the cost.
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The wrong kind of plywood under vinyl will bleed colour though the vinyl. But heh it's a flip, do whatever is cheap and easy. The next guy will deal with it.
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The wrong kind of plywood under vinyl will bleed colour though the vinyl. But heh it's a flip, do whatever is cheap and easy. The next guy will deal with it.
I just love this kind of thinking
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mako1 what sort of underlayment would you recommend me using? I am in South Carolina. Even though I'm flipping the house I still want it to be done right. Would priming the luan with kilz be better?
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No.Priming with Kilz would not do much good.You can us a 1./4" underlay to not raise the floor.Look for the manufacturers suggestions on the floor you buy..There are a lot of optioms.
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You need a plywood specifically listed as underlayment. You should refer to your flooring material data sheet for anything specific they require.

Underlayment is made with no gaps on the inner layers and usually sanded smooth among other things.
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I used this http://www.patriottimber.com/hardwoo...-underlayment/ bought it at Lowes. You'll pay a little more but bathrooms are usually not too many square feet. It's good to get an underlayment with the fastener markings. They help an amateur like myself do the job right.
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