Can Vinyl Tiles be Installed over Linoleum Flooring?
By Mark J. Donovan
||Question: Mark, I am in the process of getting ready to install vinyl tiles on my kitchen floor and have a question. The floor is currently covered in Linoleum. My question is can I install vinyl tiles directly over the Linoleum floor or should I remove the Linoleum first? N.D.
Answer: N.D. Vinyl tiles should be installed on a well prepared surface for maximum life. Installing vinyl tiles over Linoleum can be done, however I do not recommend it. In order to install vinyl tiles over a Linoleum floor, the Linoleum needs to be in perfect condition, e.g. no curling, cuts, ridges or bumps.
It is my personal opinion that if the Linoleum flooring is in such good shape there is little reason to install vinyl tiles over it, except maybe for aesthetics.
In most cases, if there is a desire to cover the existing Linoleum floor with vinyl tiles or some other flooring product, chances are the Linoleum is in rough shape. In addition, if the Linoleum flooring has a deep pattern, the pattern could transmit through to the installed vinyl tile surface and make the newly finished floor unsightly.
You may also want to check with your local building inspector if indeed the Linoleum has asbestos in it.
By taking the time upfront to prepare the subfloor, you can improve your chances of achieving a professional vinyl tile installation and have a floor that holds up for years to come.
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