Asked on Apr 05, 2018

Remove tile floor or cover is the question

by Lori
I have a Linoleum floor in my kitchen that is 50 years old and want a new look. Should I remove the old or can I cover this with new? How to ideas are appreciated.
q remove tile floor or cover is the question
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  • Sharon Sharon on Apr 05, 2018
    That tile may have asbestos in it, so test it before you tear it up. If it is asbestos, you simply install a new plywood subfloor over it and leave it be. I added a laminate floor that looks like slate over my 40s tile, be sure to get the kind that has a sealer on the edges to prevent any water damage to the laminate. Got mine from Home Depot.

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    • Sharon Sharon on Apr 05, 2018
      You can buy a test kit at the hardware or home store, send it off for testing.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 05, 2018
    If tiles and they are stuck down, you can cover them with more tiles only centre new tile over middle of four tile joint. (I rather like your flooring though)!

    • Lori Lori on Apr 05, 2018
      Thank you for the advice and compliment. Having to look at this floor for 40 plus years, it's time to change.

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Apr 05, 2018
    Be aware that if you put the new on top, it can be really thick and make an awkward transition to the next room. It can make you fall.

  • Nina Nina on Apr 05, 2018
    Yes, definitely have it tested for asbestos. That may influence your decision. If it is in a small enough area you may be able to remove it yourself legally, but consider if you really want to expose yourself. Also, the mastic below may have aspestos in it, and if that is the situation , the entire subfloor may need to be removed. That was our situation.

    • Lori Lori on Apr 05, 2018
      Thank you, wasn't even thinking about asbestos. how would I test that? Are there test kits at hardware stores.

  • Ro Ro on Apr 05, 2018
    please remove the old

  • Nina Nina on Apr 06, 2018
    We had ours tested through a local aspestos testing company. My husband removed a small piece of the floor and took it to the company. You can go online to see how to do this safely
    A previous owner had run the asbestos floor thru the kitchen and over the hardwood floor in our dining room. We wanted to change the kitchen floor and return the dining room floor to the original oak. We had a company remove the asbestos floor in the dining room but we went over it in the kitchen. Yes, the kitchen are is raised, but we have a transition piece in the threshold Tripping has not been a problem.