10:20AM | 03/24/01
Member Since: 03/23/01
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8 years ago I installed 12x12 self-adhesive tiles starting at my entry way, hallway, sitting-room and kitchen. They have held up well, but it's time to replace them, as the ones in the entry way are beginning to pull up. Before I invest in any type of tile, I would like to replace the subfloor, as there are a few spots where nails have poked through (we have an older home built in 1955, so this is the original subfloor). I cannot replace just the tiles that are damaged, as I cannot find the same exact tiles any more. Therefore, what is the best way to go about this? Should I just lay a new subfloor over top of my existing floor (I'm worried about the height difference at doorways to other rooms) or can I remove the original subfloor right down to the joists? And, is this a project for the do-it-yourselfer? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


12:39PM | 03/25/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
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Sub-flooring should only have to be replaced if there is water damage severe enough to have rotted and distorted it,or if for some other reason the flooring has been taken out of level.If nails are the only problem,remove them and drive in new ones.If there is minor leveling needed,you could overlay a 1/8" sheet of plywood with liquid nails or other adhesive.Of course there's no law against replacing the entire subfloor either but it may be more work than is necessary.


07:54AM | 03/28/01
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
Always think in terms of simplifying your project, not over-complicating it. Matches is correct: do not replace the subfloor unless it is severely damaged. Far more work than you need to do. Nails that protrude are not a good enough reason.

If the tiles are otherwise in good shape and the only reason to replace them is that the self-adhesive has failed, just apply new adhesive. Carefully remove the tiles that are coming off without breaking them and then re-adhere them with some new adhesive.

You can also lay tile or vinyl flooring over your existing tile. The only real reasons to remove vinyl tile are (1) if you plan to change the TYPE of floor covering (from vinyl to, say, hardwood floors), (2) if it is mildewed and rotted, or (3) if you already have several layers built up, already, and need to start from scratch. Tiling or laying vinyl flooring over one other layer is not a big deal, at all, and is standard practice. It is actually a well-plugged advantage of using vinyl flooring.

[This message has been edited by Lawrence (edited March 28, 2001).]

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