I have an old house.
Is it best to take up the old floor, before installing a new floor? Should add padding over the existing floor?
Any advice or suggestions will be very helpful. I'm a DYIer..;)
I like old houses. They keep me in business.
What kind of floor do you have now? we need to know before we can suggest.
Thank you for replying. Its a pine.
Is your existing pine sitting over joists, a slab or underlayment with vapor protection?
Not knowing the above, I can still say this: If the existing floor is not damaged, broken, crooked, twisted, bowed or dry rotted, and if you don't mind the fact that your new floor will be slightly elevated, then keep it. Otherwise, rip it and start from scratch.
Can I place vapor barrier over the existing floor before installing the new floor. Will that slow down drafts coming from the basement. We live in Boston, Ma. where it gets pretty cold in the winter.
Correct me if I'm wrong:
Is this pine floor that you're talking about, sitting on top of the basement? does it allow draft and cold in?
If yes, insulate between the joists under it (you probably could do it from the basement up). A vapor barrier may not be needed here, unless your basement is damp (a problem that should be corrected separately). Then you can use the old pine floor as your new underlayment. You may cover it with a barrier, it can never hurt.
What is your choice for the new floor?