How to change my kitchen flooring to vinyl planks?


I am thinking of changing my current kitchen flooring. We currently have “18 travertine ceramic tiles running at an angle. All the other floors are hardwood or ceramic wood patterned. I want use vinyl planks in an oak pattern for the kitchen. My hope is that all the floors would then tie-in to the hardwood look. Any thoughts, experiences?

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  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Apr 27, 2019

    Thete is such a thing of too much of a good thing. You'll be applying a lesser quality floor over a higher quality floor, but at least you're not taking it up. Hopefully it won't be a glue down so you won't harm the tile and can remove it to expose the good floor for resale. If you kitchen has natural or stained cabinets I think it will be too woody. If painted cabinets, should be ok.

  • William William on Apr 27, 2019

    I agree with Kelli. As long as the Travertine is flat with no imperfections. Grout lines, imperfections can transfer to the vinyl plank.

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Apr 27, 2019

    The only problem is your kitchen cabinets (if done right) were installed on top of the floor. Just putting the planks on top could cause a height difference from the rest of the house. To do the floor the way you're supposed to, you might have to remove everything from the kitchen (cabinets, appliances, etc).

  • Janice Janice on Apr 27, 2019

    Thanks. That’s helpful.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Apr 28, 2019

    Removing tile flooring and disposing of the heavy broken tiles is not a walk in the park. It is a dirty job requiring a certain amount of physical strength and agility.

    As Shore grandma noted, In order that the transition areas (doorways, or points where other flooring joins up to the kitchen floor) do not become trip hazards due to the increased height of the vinyl plank floor, it may be best to fully remove the tiles.

    I would advise doing a dry fit of all transition pieces before jumping into this project.

  • Chel Chel on Apr 28, 2019

    Do it! Just put that on my daughters bedroom floor over wide pine planks that she hated. Easy to install, floating floor that you can remove with out damaging the floor underneath.

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