Vinyl Flooring - Flooring Questions
1.50 How to prep subfloor for wood flooring?

Q. I've installed prefinished wood flooring before but the kitchen has ceramic tile glued to 1/4" plywood, which is then (I assume) glued and nailed to the original sub floor. I need to remove the tile and 1/4" plywood so I can put our new wood flooring on the original subfloor. What is the best way to do this? I was planning on using a hammer and chisel but is there a specialized tool i can use?

A. Yes there is.. A hammer and wide chisel... In your case , and I ve removed 100s of floors over the years and that what you need to do. Hammer and chisel off the tile, using caution. Chips FLY!! Then you can use a crow bar to get under the wood and go at it.If your lucky it was screwed down and you can unscrew a lot of them. But most will pull through the 1/4" luan and then deal with that later. Your lucky it was installed wrong this is an easier rip out, Suggestion. Safety glasses, long sleeve shirt sand ear protection to prevent chips in the ears ( I m not kidding) Cover doorways to help prevent dust and put a fan in a window to suck dust out. Any questions you can e mail me through my avatar and check my qualifications GL

1.30 What kind of flooring should I use?

Q. I need to replace the carpet in my master bedroom. The flooring that leads up to the bedroom is a blond laminate. I do not want that in the bedroom. I also don't want carpet again. Would it be strange to do a different color wood floor? All that is under the carpet is plywood. I want to do this myself. Any suggestions?

A. For resale value of the house, you should stick with the same or a similar color. If there is wood in the room, you could match it to that. If you aren't that crazy about the blond color, use some throw rugs. Never buy flooring to match furniture. Furniture is temporary & floors are not usually.

1.20 Kitchen renos, does the flooring need to go under the cabinets?

Q. I've seen this on a show once where they put the flooring (laminate) flush up against the cabinets, rather than doing all floors first THEN putting in cabinets. I think it was just for their demo purposes, but i'm wondering if that's okay to do? or will it look bad?

A. Over the years this question has come up with many of the home owners I have remodeled kitchens for. There are a few rules of thumb to take into account. First whenever you have the opportunity to install new cabinets where a new laminate floor is going to be installed there are problems with installing the floor under the cabinets. Most newer laminate floors are meant to be allowed to move. With varying degrees of humidity and fluctuating room temperature changes, expanding and contracting can take place and if you lock the floor under the cabinets, you will prevent the floor from doing what is natural. It would seem then that the solution would be to install the flooring up against the cabinets. However keep in mind that whenever you install the floor up against the cabinets, you will loose countertop height. That is, if your countertops were set at 36" off the floor and you install a 1/2" flooring up against the cabinets, now your countertops will be 35 1/2" from the new laminate flooring. This may not seem like much, but if you are tall, every little bit height counts. The solution that I have always used was to install plywood the same thickness as the flooring under the cabinets and then install the flooring up against the plywood edges. Now you will install a shoe mold or other molding over top of the new laminate floor, but make sure you attach the molding to the cabinets and not the floor. This again, will allow the flooring to move without restriction. With the molding installed up against the cabinets it will cover up any signs that there is plywood under the cabinets. Another thing to note is that when you install the flooring it is best to give it a little clearance from the walls and cabinets and again make sure that when you install the molding, nail it to the walls, baseboard or cabinets and not to the flooring. You can find out more about flooring installations and techniques, by clicking on the following link. Plus, check out some great flooring videos on the subject as well by clicking on the following link. I hope this will help you out. Rick

1.20 What is the best method to install new vinyl flooring?

Q. I'm remodeling my kitchen. The orginal vinyl flooring is really ugly, but not really that bad shape. I want to put new vinyl flooring. What is the best method. I don't see the option of removing the old flooring but instead, putting the new floor on top of the existing. Should I just lay down 1/4 inch luan or is there a better, more professional method?

A. If its only 1 layer down, most manufactures ok it it to go over the existing as long as its in decent shape like you say. Yes the use of a luan or birch luan is the best way to go. The new glue will take to the pores of the wood the best.Filling in the seams w/ a special cement based filler and if theres any imperfections in the wood. I ve always have used Ardex but there are other names out there. Any questions you can e mail me through my avatar. GL

1.20 Do I have to remove the toilet to put down laminate flooring in the bathroom?

Q. Right now there's vinyl flooring there and I want to put down this laminate that looks like stone. I just don't know if I have to remove the toilet to put it in or do I cut around it and caulk? I want it to look as professional as possible. I just don't want it to scream "AMATEUR".

A. If you are going for the pro look you will certainly want to pull the toilet to install your floor. When you go to reinstall the toilet you will more than likely need to add a spacer flange as well as a wax ring w/ horn to the original flange to accommodate the new floor height. Make sure you follow the laminate flooring manufacturer's installation instructions for wet areas. Regards, Indy

1.20 How much would vinyl flooring cost including installation?

Q. For a 600 sqft kitchen/dinning room

A. Vinyl flooring prices can range from numorous amounts... it depends on what style, the brand you want..

1.20 Does existing vinyl flooring have to be removed before installation of self-stick vinyl tiles?

Q. I have a small bathroom in which I plan to install TrafficMaster self adhesive vinyl tile. There is existing vinyl coverning in the room (the kind that comes rolled up like carpet). Does this need to be removed, or can I just install my tiles over it? Is it best to remove the base trim in the bathroom as well?

A. I would highly recommend not using the the self-adhesive tiles anywhere unless you are selling your house in the near future. I've seen it so many times with those that in under a year they begin to seperate and look terrible because the dirt will stick to the adhesive in the cracks. Try a product called dura-stone. Its the same concept but it's a little bit thicker, but much, much more durable. Instead of the self adhesive you would apply it with a flooring trowel then apply just the same way as the others. As far as cutting it a table saw works great for complicated cuts and a score and break for the straight cuts. And yes take base boards/shoe molding off, tear out old floor to the best of your ability, and don't forget to use a hand saw to cut the bottoms of the door casings so the floor will slide underneath. And when finished caulk between tub and floor if you have one.

1.20 Laying engineered wood flooring over vinyl flooring?

Q. Can engineered wood flooring be installed on vinyl flooring? I'm in the middle of home improvement project and have decided to lay some engineered wood flooring for my kitchen. The particular brand that I've bought requires glue-down installation. The problem is, there's vinyl flooring that's been laid with cutback and it's not going to come up without a significant amount of work and then re-preparation of the sub flooring. I've been to the local home improvement center several times and can't really get a straight answer as to if this is possible. I've searched the Internet and its about 50-50 yes and no. I'd really like anybody's input into my situation, as I am under a little bit of a time constraint to finish the project as this is my new house and I've got to move out of my old house in in a week. Thanks in advance to your answers!

A. If you are laying down Bruce or Armstrong flooring, they have instructions for laying over vinyl flooring. Basically you can't lay the flooring over more than 2 layers of vinyl. You want to make sure the flooring is stripped, not sanded, especially if there is a gloss on the floor. Don't sand if its a resilient floor, it may contain asbestos. Also they recommend specific adhesives that will bond with the floor.

Vinyl Flooring

 Flooring - Vinyl Flooring Vinyl is one of the most popular flooring materials used in >, California area homes across, and the reasons are not hard to see. It's extremely affordable, and installation costs are low. Vinyl tiles can give you the look of ceramic tiles at a much lower price. They are long lasting, and easy to maintain. If you have no time for high maintenance wood or the budget for pricey granite, but want a floor that offers looks and durability with ease of cleaning, then a vinyl floor is right for your home.

 flooring company in East Bay, California Vinyl flooring tiles can be used in homes, as well as commercial spaces. Vinyl flooring tiles that are used in homes can range from basic tiles that resemble ceramic tiles and self stick tiles, to thicker, luxurious looking, marble patterned vinyl floor tiles. The luxury tiles are heavier, and more expensive, but offer sunny, natural looking textures that resemble slate and wood. Tiles generally come in 12" X 12" sizes, although larger tile sizes are also available. Vinyl composition tiles are used generally in commercial settings, like malls and retail stores. Patterns can range from marble-like appearances to solid color tiles.

For a vinyl floor to look as good as it can, make sure that the sub floor installation is well done. Any imperfections in the sub floor can result in an unevenly laid out vinyl floor. Get your tiles installed by a professional flooring company, who can ensure that the tiles are laid close enough without gaps or cracks in between. Use recommended cleaners to use your vinyl floor, and protect from sharp and heavy objects. Use rugs at strategic places to prevent sand and grit from entering the house.

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