Flooring and Carpeting Squeaky vinyl kitchen floor, vinyl tiles, laminate floor

Flooring and Carpeting Squeaky vinyl kitchen floor, vinyl tiles, laminate floor

Flooring and Carpeting /Squeaky vinyl kitchen floor

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Expert: Matthew — 2/22/2007

Question

Hi Matt

Thanks for your answer it was very informative. I just want to ask you if I put screws through the vinyl flooring into the joist can I lay vinyl tiles over them or will I need a filler of some kind?

Thanks Clifford

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——Question——

Home is 7 years old with one piece vinyl floor in kitchen. The floor squeaks very badly in several places. No basement but a crawl space under home. How can I stop the sub floor from squeaking? I am thinking of replacing the vinyl floor with tile or a laminate. Will the sub floor need to be replaced also? There has been no water damage to the kitchen. Thank you

——Answer——

Hi Clifford

Squeaks are very hard to fix with a vinyl floor, even trying from below in the crawl space. You would be taking a chance of damaging the sub floor or vinyl floor above. Your best bet would be a laminate floor. You could pull up the vinyl and the sub floor, screw the floorboards down to fix the squeaks and pretty much lay the laminate down. No sub floor is needed as long as the floor is solid, fairly level and in good shape. You could even run screws through the vinyl and sub floor into the joist to fix the squeaks and lay the laminate over top of the vinyl. The only downside to this option is building up excessive floor height in the kitchen.

Tile is a much more expensive option. It does require underlayment. Concrete board to be specific. And you will want to remove the vinyl and sub floor for this. Tile and underlayment are usually about an inch thick total, so add this to the vinyl and it’s sub floor thickness, and you have a good height difference in your doorways.

I hope this helps you out. Let me know if I can do anything else for you. Good luck with your project!

Matt

Answer

Flooring and Carpeting Squeaky vinyl kitchen floor, vinyl tiles, laminate floor

Hi again Clifford,

You will need a filler for any imperfections or they will show through. If you want to do the vinyl tile, here’s what you need to do.

You will need to scuff up the existing vinyl by sanding the entire floor, preferably with coarse sandpaper on a palm sander. This is done so a floor patch will stick to it. You will need to float the whole floor with a quality patch. Ardex and Durabond Webcrete are two good ones. This needs to be done so that the design pattern on the existing vinyl does not telegraph through. If your existing floor is smooth and does not have a pattern, you can skip this step and just patch the screw holes by sanding lightly around them and filling them in. Make sure the screw are driven in slightly below the floor surface and when you fill the holes, make sure the patch is level with the floor and smooth. Sand when the patch is dry if needed.

If you do need to float the floor, I can give you information on that too if you need it. Let me know.

When you do install the tile, spread a VCT tile glue first. This will insure that your new tile don’t start curling up at the edges over time. This step is in addition to the sticky backing on most vinyl tiles, if those are the kind you are planning on using. You spread this glue on about 1/4 of the floor at a time and let it tack up. Then set your tile in it. Be careful when setting your tile as they will stick to the glue very, very well.

I hope this answers all of your questions. If not, don’t hesitate to write back. Good luck!

Matt

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