Peel and stick over existing hardwood

Discussion in 'Vinyl Flooring Q&A' started by Kaleb, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. Kaleb

    Kaleb New Member

    Hi all,
    I looked through the forum and couldn't find anything related to my topic (please link if topics have already been discussed). I recently purchased an old home and the existing hardwood floors arent worth refinishing, so says a local specialist. I am wondering if it is viable to put peel and stick vinyl plank over these floors. Tearing them up is not an option as that would mean going down to the joists. Can peel and stick be used? My budget is tight after finishing the basement and need a cheaper fix for these old and rough floors.
  2. Incognito

    Incognito No more Mr. Nice Guy! I Support TFP Senior Member

    Yes, it's viable to put peel n stick over hardwood if it can be sanded down to bare wood creating a FLAT and SMOOTH substrate. Otherwise you need a minimum 1/4" underlayment grade plywood over the hardwood to create a secure surface. Peel n stick, like most resilient WILL telegraph any and all imperfections of the substrate through to the surface of the new flooring.

    In other words THAT kind of floor requires essentially PERFECT floor prep.


    That aside, how many "specialists" did you consult? Care to share a few photos? I'd recommend at least 3-4 REPUTABLE wood flooring professionals be consulted for estimates and evaluation of alternatives.
  3. Mark Brown

    Mark Brown On The Surface Flooring I Support TFP

    can you or should you are two very different questions. If your hardwood is largely intact and doesn't have a lot of voids of big gaps in the joints then you probably could.....

    I cannot say that would be a professional recommendation. I have seen patched over hardwood before though.

    I don't know what your available budget is but there are some fairly cheap floating vinyl or laminate products out there you could look at.

    EDIT : I also posted while everyone else was posting. woah now :)
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  4. Grant H

    Grant H I'd rather be patting my dog.

    I'm not familiar with Peel n' Stick Plank but any vinyl product is going to need a smooth/flat(ish) layer to adhere to. How bad are your existing floors ?. They may need to be sanded/plastered or ply-ed over before you even think of a top layer.

    *Edit bugrit...2 posts while I was typin..Curse these fat fingers. Gotta agree with both the above...:)
  5. Kaleb

    Kaleb New Member

    Appreciate the quick responses. I snapped a few photos, can take more tomorrow. Ideally, I'd like to stay in the $700 range.. I figure 425 Sq ft for the area I need to cover (including sqft for cuts). Is floating a better alternative? See photos... Im not against trying to refinish them myself...would have to dig through the forums to see how it is done. I want to note it was 1 company that came out. "Specialized" companies are hard to come by here.

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  6. Mark Brown

    Mark Brown On The Surface Flooring I Support TFP

    don't write that floor off yet.

    Depending on what you want for a finished product, you could really do a lot with that. No it will never look "brand new" again but in my quasi professional opinion (having not actually seen them) I would say to explore more options. You can do a lot of things with a wood floor if you look for a style outside the norm

    Not to mention, if that is the worst of it and depending on the thickness you might just get it pretty close.
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  7. Incognito

    Incognito No more Mr. Nice Guy! I Support TFP Senior Member

    $700 is DIY-land all day and night.

    If you find a guy who will even talk to you for that price RUN AWAY and run away fast.

    In that price range there's ONLY the options of peel n stick or low end "click-lock" floating vinyl systems.

    .............OR DIY sand and refinish.

    Good luck.

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  8. Kaleb

    Kaleb New Member

    We really just
    Well other issue is my wife wants that charcoal/grey color. Is that achievable using the existing as the foundation? My inclination is no... I,myself, am fine with just a darker stain but my opinion is a wee bit overshadowed haha. Any alternatives you can recommend to get such an effect?
  9. Kaleb

    Kaleb New Member

    I agree, the price range is weak for the desired look. I may have to just bite the bullet and spend what I need in order to make it right. Just exploring my options right now.
  10. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    If you are considering covering the floor with something else, it won't hurt to do a test patch to see if you can even come close with a DIY job. If it doesn't work out, peel n stick it is.
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  11. deb68

    deb68 Member

    I'm no pro, just another consumer, but having just covered up some old hardwood floors with vinyl plank, yours look pretty darn good! Granted that is not a whole picture of the room, but still look better to me than mine did.
    Now, getting a grey color...try it, can't hurt
    my old floor below, talk about ruined lol:
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