Any idea what I'll find under it all?

linsteApril 30, 2011

Hi, I've wandered here from the kitchen forum because we're going to remodel our kitchen and that will include pulling up the old flooring.

We have a 1908 colonial with the original long leaf pine floors. Our kitchen has (I believe) 2 floors under the linoleum we quickly put down 10 yrs ago. What we'd like to do it pull it all up to get to the original wood when we gut the kitchen. The previous owner who lived here beginning in the 40's says he only remembers the kitchen with a floor over it, so it's been covered a long, long time.

I know you never can tell, but I was wondering if there was a common way of covering those original floors long ago. Did they nail down a subfloor before laying a new one? or did they just glue over it? I'm scared of a major glue problem. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

There is no telling how many floor 'covering' events the kitchen has seen since it was built. I have ripped up many floor coverings to get to a stable 'base' (subfloor) over which to install the new covering. And these old coverings were installed over many different underlayment materials, from glued down asphalt-saturated flooring felt to nailed down panel products, such as masonite and plywood.

It is unlikely that you will find 'oilcloth' under it all, but I have found it during some demolitions. If the original owners did not remove previous coverings when installing new, you could find oilcloth or even early jute-backed linoleum as the first layer. You won't know what you have until you start digging.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2011 at 10:22PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks so much for responding. Guess we'll play it by ear! Linda

    Bookmark   May 1, 2011 at 12:12PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Has anyone used Wicanders Vinyl Comfort flooring?
I'm really struggling to find the right floor for my...
Any experience with BellaCera hardwood flooring and/or hickory wood?
We fell in love with a hickory hardwood in their line,...
Float or glue engineered wood over very smooth concrete slab
Hello, I am a recent first time homeowner who has been...
Where can I find some replacement Haddon Hall parquet tiles?
I've been searching the Internets for a particular...
Anyone used the Dream Home laminate from LL?
My boyfriend is remodeling his kitchen and we are most...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™