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!