When handling a big kitchen renovation project like replacing the floor, it is best to take things one step at a time. Even then, most do-it-yourselfers find it necessary to acquire the services of a qualified professional.
Before acquiring the services of an experienced flooring contractor or beginning the kitchen floor renovation project yourself, consider the following: if the existing flooring is in good repair, you might be able to install new flooring directly over it. This can save time, energy, and money.
But how can you know for sure whether or not old flooring can stay put? Use the helpful guidelines below to determine what works best with which type flooring.
Many kitchens in and around the Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary areas have vinyl tile or sheet goods. This is a plus; nearly all new flooring can be installed over vinyl that is still in good condition – unless it has a pronounced texture, or is cushioned. Pronounced texture will eventually show through new sheet goods. Placing new vinyl flooring over cushioned flooring that can flex risks breaking the adhesive bond.
New nailed-down wood strips cannot be installed over ceramic tile; the old tile will have to be removed. New vinyl sheet goods cannot be stapled to ceramic tile; if old tile is left in place, use vinyl flooring adhesive.
New ceramic tile can be installed over old tile, as long as the old tile is strong and in good repair. The surface area of the old tile floor should be level. If not, apply latex underlayment to the entire surface, then sand smooth.
As long as the old wood flooring is completely flat and in good repair, any type of new flooring can be installed over it. First, fill cracks and holes with wood filler; sand smooth. Wood floors with V-grooves should be filled with latex underlayment before sanding.
Nail down loose areas of the old flooring. If using glue to install new flooring, use medium-grit sandpaper to roughen the surface of the old wood flooring for better adhesion.
Regardless of condition, carpet and padding must be removed before installing any type new flooring.
Acquire the services of a professional flooring contractor to determine the condition of your slab, and what provision might be necessary before installing new flooring.
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