The Construction Guy

Tumbler Ridge- Vinyl flooring is a sticky subject to say the least!

If you own a home that hasn?t seen a recent renovation, chances are that the flooring in the kitchen and bath are in poor condition, and probably a bit out dated.

This week we will discuss preparing the surface for a new installation.

It is possible to simply lay new linoleum over your existing floor. Although this can work, I would not recommend this approach, as any seams, lines, textures, or holes from your old floor will show through to your new surface when installed.

When beginning any flooring project always remember that time spent on prep work is always time well spent.

The existing material will first need to be striped. Sometimes you will get lucky, and the previous installers will have been a bit lazy, gluing down the edges, and leaving the center of the room glue free!

On the other hand, if the sheet was installed properly, you will need to scrape the remainder of the material from the underlayment after removing as much of the surface as possible in one piece. Sometimes a bit of boiling water poured on stubborn areas will help, being cautious not to get the underlying wood too wet.

After removal of ?all? the existing material, you may want to re secure the surface to the floor joists using drywall screws. This will help eliminate any existing, or future squeaks. Fill any gouges, holes, or imperfections with floor leveler, sanding after dry. If you can feel imperfections in the underlayment while running your hand across it, chances are it will telegraph through to your new floor when laid.

Never install vinyl flooring over OSB board, if you discover this material after removing the old flooring, cover it with a sheets of thin plywood installing them using PL Premium, or a similar product, and screws.

If you have any questions about this, or need help with your next project, feel free to call me; Ed Gaster at 242-5860