I am thinking of getting replacement vinyl flooring for the kitchen/dining room, but have a few questions based on the two estimates I received.
1. Is vinyl sheeting sturdy enough for the area I'd like to replace? Or is something else recommended. I've been told that linoleum sheeting is also good, but I don't see it anywhere. (I'm on a budget, but I would like something that will last.)
2. Does vinyl flooring fade?
3. Should I have the new floor installed over the old, builder floor, or have that floor removed.
One guy wants to install the vinyl sheeting over the builder floor, after the yucky carpeting is removed. The house was built in 1957. At that time the builder installed flooring over the slab. (I'm not sure what it is. One person said it was probably Solarian, while my neighbor, whose house was also built in 1957 says Solarian wasn't made then.)
The other flooring guy wants to rip up the original floor because he said that's the way to do it right. Otherwise, you run into settling and buckling issues. However, my neighbor,who had a new kitchen floor installed said that the guys didn't want to chance removing the old floor because it was so attached to the slab that they may not get all of it off, and would have to chisel and sand it down in spots. (The result of which sounds terrible looking to me if all of it can't be removed.)The original builder told her in so many words that that floor was meant to last.
4. I have a pricing question. Is $916 too much for the guys to remove the old carpeting and appliances, prepare the floor for the vinyl sheeting and install the new sheeting? My kitchen/dining room is 17.5x10.5. By the way, the guy who wanted to tear up the old floor wanted $1400.
My sister's "know-it-all" boyfriend put his two cents worth in and said that the $916 was too expensive for the remnant/in stock piece of vinyl, but he hasn't had to replace a kitchen floor in over 20 years.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.