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Remove old vinyl or not for new laminate floor?

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:57 pm
by taskrov
I love your videos. I learned a lot from them. I have a 1928 house that has been remodeled a few times over the years. I want to put vinyl laminate planks in the kitchen. The floor is made up of dimensional lumber planks, 1/2" plywood, underlayment and vinyl sheet. The thickness of the new vinyl planks is about the same as the underlayment and vinyl sheet together. The vinyl is in good shape and the floor is nice and tight, though not perfectly level in some places. My questions are (1) Should I install the new floor over the existing vinyl or remove it and the underlayment first? (2) Do I need to float the floor? Thank you.

Re: Remove old vinyl or not for new laminate floor?

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:55 pm
by Shannon
If you are floating the new flooring then you can go right on top of what you have. If you are gluing it down you may have to remove the old vinyl and underlayment first and install a new underlayment to glue the flooring to. The manufacture will have recommendations for that on their website likely.You may possibly be able to skim coat the surface of the old vinyl with a thinnest and glue to that so check with the manufacturer

Re: Remove old vinyl or not for new laminate floor?

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:15 pm
by taskrov
Thanks Shannon for quick reply. I forgot to add the the floor dips 1/2" about third of the way along the long dimension of the floor and is level on both ends. The lower end continues to the laundry room and eventually the bathroom. It is like two different levels. It is noticeable when one walks on the floor but it not really a problem. Would this situation be best handled by gluing the floor as you described?

Re: Remove old vinyl or not for new laminate floor?

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:48 pm
by taskrov
@Shannon I saw your reply to similar question. viewtopic.php?t=7744#p39881
Do you think that would work for me? My wife would like the planks to run lengthwise but if this solves my problem maybe she would be fine having the planks run parallel with he drop.

Re: Remove old vinyl or not for new laminate floor?

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:42 pm
by Shannon
Yes if its a drop over a short distance running parallel to it will help but vinyl plank is pretty form fitting and will settle into place after a little either way. Glueing will help but i can't say if its necessary for sure without seeing the dip and judging for myself, so you will have to make that division yourself.