01-09-2011 11:36 AM
I was going to replace the vinyl floor in the kitchen, it was worn and ripped, the floor felt soft in several areas and I thought there might be some damage to the floor from a water leak. I removed the vinyl and found badly damaged particle board underlayment !/2 inch thick. So I cut it out and replaced it with the same kind of underlayment. I thought I would put down self adhesive vinyl tiles because it was cheap and I thought it would be easy. when I read the package it was not recommended for particle board, because of the adhesive soaking into the particle board, and the tiles coming loose. it also mentions priming the surface before installing the tiles. So I start to think...(big mistake).... wont the primer seal the particle board? if the particle board absorbs the adhesive will it swell? if I prime the particle board will it swell?
this is a rental house, and it's killing me, I have been fixing things that need to be repaired before it can be rented and one thing leads to another, 3 years later, I still have a half dozen things to fix, but this floor I had no idea that it would be like this. can I prime the particle board and will the vinyl self adhesive tiles work?
any help, suggestions, would be greatly appricated.
01-09-2011 01:02 PM
I have owned rental houses and I can sympathize completely with you. They are a never ending project. I am hoping however that when you say particle board, what you mean is tongue and groove OSB board. Particle board is the one made from sawdust and glue and often confused with OSB which is made from strips of wood, binding agents and wax. I would steer clear of any subfloor made from particle board because it is very soft and very susceptible to to moisture. The Tongue and groove OSB is designed for subfloors and is engineered to be much stronger.
I would replace the subfloor that you just replaced, if you did indeed put down the particle board. If you don't then you will be pulling it back up in a few years. I recommend using a sheet vinyl over it instead of of the peel and stick tile because water can get between the cracks of the peel and stick and slowly reek havoc on your subfloor.
Peel and stick works well on other subfloors and in rooms where water and moisture is less prominent. You can use a oil based primer and are advised to with the OSB subfloor.
Thanks for the question and I am sorry to hear about your ordeal.
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