The vinyl has been coming up in a bathroom for about 10 years (house is
15. Clearly not a good job in the first place, and now I'm replacing it
finally. I'm hoping to use the glue-down strips of vinyl that look like
wood -- a friend used that and it looked great. The current floor has
come up, and I'm not sure if I'm better off sealing what I have
(plywood) after smoothing it well, or putting down some 1/4" plywood and
using that as a new base.
Currently there is some grey filler-looking material that's under there;
I'm taking it all up, partly because half of it's coming up anyway (did
I say the original builder didn't do a great job?). The idea is to end
up with bare wood, put some kind of sealer (epoxy paint?) and then glue
down the strips.
It's not leakage that's causing the flooring to come up, I'm pretty sure
-- the worst place is at the doorway, which is farthest from the tub and
toilet. The best place in the flooring is around the toilet, which did
have one leakage episode about 7-8 years ago, which is now fixed.
So -- is cleaning, smoothing, sealing, and gluing the way to go? I
could also do sheet vinyl, but I already have this stuff, and I know it
looks nice when it's down. If, on the other hand, putting down any sort
of pieces is a bad idea (I see it in apartments and they seem to hold up
OK), I'd appreciate someone letting me know.