Floating Floor Over Vinyl with Gaps


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Old 05-18-10, 07:45 AM
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Floating Floor Over Vinyl with Gaps

Hi, new here.

We are in the middle of a kitchen renovation (replacing cabinets, appliances, floors). We are beginning our floor installation - engineered oak floating floor. We are installing over the current vinyl flooring which is level and solid except for where the original cabinets were - the previous owners had cut the vinyl around the cabinets (2-3 layers of vinyl. Now that the cabinets are gone, the subfloor is exposed where they were, creating 1/4"ish depressions. How should we go about filling these gaps to create a level and even floor for the wood?

The sizes of the spaces we need to fill are approx:

15"x24"
90"x24"
50"x24"

Should we cut plywood to fit these spaces or use some sort of floor filler/leveling compound?

Thanks!
 
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Old 05-19-10, 08:42 AM
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Plywood will be the easiest, and as long as the floor is sufficiently flat, it doesn't have to fit perfectly...just avoid any large gaps between the vinyl and the plywood. One thing that may be a problem though is several layers of vinyl can be somewhat spongy...add the underlay foam for the floating floor, and it may create some deflection that could cause noise or separation in the hardwood planks. Ideally, the vinyl should be removed.

One other thing....you say everything is torn out, it is a kitchen remodel, and you're installing floating floor. Be aware, you cannot install the kitchen cabinets on top of the floating floor....nothing can be installed permanently on top of the floor, or it will be trapped and can buckle and gap. Cabinets must be installed first, then the flooring installed so you can leave the proper expansion space.
 
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Old 05-19-10, 08:46 AM
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Thank you for your input - we actually did remove the vinyl last night. It seemed like the best/only real option for long-lasting floors. It was hard work, but I'm glad we did it. We will install 1/4" plywood now just to be sure everything is even and level.

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