Dear Bob and Betsy,
We have a vinyl sheet flooring right now and want to put new glue-down vinyl in our kitchen. Can we lay the vinyl tile on top of vinyl sheet flooring?
-Jack and Carolyn W.
Dear Jack and Carolyn,
It’s great that you want to revamp your flooring from old vinyl sheet flooring to vinyl tile plank flooring! Before installing over top of your previous vinyl flooring, you should follow the tips below. We have compiled more information for you to help to decide what’s best for you. Cheers! Bob & Betsy
Tear It Up!
By applying a glue-down vinyl over another vinyl, your are creating a soft substrate for you new floor. Glue-down vinyl plank flooring needs a very firm sub-floor in order to adhere properly. By having too soft of a sub-floor, your new vinyl floor will wear faster, leave lasting dimples from furniture, and ultimately will crack the vinyl. Be sure to follow all instructions on the vinyl flooring installation instructions and adhesive instructions for a successful installation.
If Tearing Up Isn’t An Option
If tearing up the vinyl flooring is too much of a hassle or you are unable to do it, consider switching to a laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is a floating flooring, meaning that you do not use glue or nails to lay down the flooring. Most laminate flooring uses a click-lock system in order to install the floor. What you will first do, is lay down an underlayment and then install the laminate flooring on top of it. The underlayment allows the laminate flooring to float on top of the sub-floor. Be sure to check and make sure you use a thinner underlayment, since you will already have some give because of the previously installed vinyl flooring.
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