Vinyl tile over wood?
Hi flooring experts!
So here is my situation before anyone faints at the thought of putting vinyl over hardwoods. My house was built in 1924, it's a classic Milwaukee Bungalow with craftsman details galore. And probably maple floors in the kitchen.
BUT, "progress" has been hard on this old girl. And hardest on the kitchen floor. In the 50s someone "modernized" the crap out of this house with paneling everywhere and linoleum on the kitchen floor.
So here we are now. We have taken out the lino, we have wet scraped all the mastic off that we can. The mastic (which surely contained asbestos) is soaked into this floor, though. I do not feel it can ever be safely sanded to be refinished. And frankly, we cannot afford it if it could be. So the floor is already ruined since the first swipe of black mastic hit it and we enjoy having working lungs. This is not negotiable. :)
So we have bought luxury vinyl tile to put down and grout. Trafficmaster Ceramica to be exact. When looking over the installation directions tonight, I saw that is does not recommend putting the floor over strip wood floors. Well....crap.
I have done this before with much cheaper tile and had no issues with telegraphing. But, this floor stretched our budget, so we want to do it right?
Can Luaun be used as an underlayment? Or we are considering floor leveling compound (which could be a nightmare in an old house!!)as an alternative.
Frankly, if this won't work, I'm going to prime it and paint it and return my gorgeous tiles and be done with it.
Thanks for any expertise.