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Replacing multi-layered kitchen floor

I recently purchased my home and I eventually want to replace the beat-up, shifting, and cracking 12" peel & stick vinyl tiles. I removed a couple and it turns out that the peel & stick tiles are over top of 9" tiles, which Google tells me are likely to contain asbestos. I didn't mess with them but one corner of a 9" tile was already peeling up which I assume has something to do with why the peel & stick tiles on top are so messed up.

Originally I was planning on saving until I could afford a nice ceramic or porcelin tile floor, but I'm not sure if this is a viable option anymore because if I have two layers of vinyl tile, both of which are peeling up, it doesn't seem likely that I would be able to get ceramic tiles to install properly. I'd hate to go through that expense only to have my tiles get messed up down the road because of the crappy vinyl tiles underneath. I also want to avoid adding a lot of layers and height to the floor. So then I was thinking about the possibility of sheet vinyl, which I'm not opposed to. It's a 940 square foot home in an affordable area so I don't feel the need to install top of the line upgrades. Any suggestions on what flooring would be best?

And should the 12" peel & stick vinyl tiles be left alone, or would I want to remove them and then put the new flooring directly over the 9" tiles? Or with both sets of tiles looking like they are lifting do I need to look into professional removal?

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

Re: Replacing multi-layered kitchen floor


To be certain, send a sample of the 9" tile off to have it tested. From that result, make a decision. I would want them removed and get down to the sub-floor. From that, you may see that there are other items that need attention. You could install a couple sheets of 3/4" plywood to give a nice, sturdy base for your tile. I found that the glue is so dry, that it creates dust and it dirty, so I wore a respirator. But have it tested, that is your first step.

We had to remove a couple bathrooms and a kitchen with 9" tile. But none tested bad. So it was not such a big deal to remove. They were still difficult to pull up. And if it were not for the 5 quarter sub-floor, I would have jsut cut it all out down to the joists. In the kitchen I did install more joists inbetween the the originals. Only because we have a stove that is 12 feet long and weighs just over 1500 pounds. I also set steel "I" beams and steal jack posts under the kitchen.


Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Re: Replacing multi-layered kitchen floor

Thanks! That's a really good idea, I might as well know what I'm working with so I can make an informed decision. I'll keep my fingers crossed that I have good luck and it turns out to not contain asbestos. 

If it turns out I do have asbestos, maybe I'll temporarily replace the peel & stick tiles with new peel & stick so it doesn't look so bad, until I can get a pro to remove the old tiles. I'd much rather be able to start with a good subfloor rather than adding more layers of built up flooring, ick.

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