Yes you can install over the old IF it's flat and well adhered to the
underlayment. Of course, if this was the case why would you want to
replace it? (Okay, "butt-ugly" would be a good reason.) If it's
textured you need to put a leveler over it, and any bumps or seams
will show through in the new material. It's best to pull up the old
vinyl, and maybe the underlayment too, and get a perfect surface to
Regarding other options, please be more specific. Are you looking for
intallation options? Other floor covering options? Converting the room
to a home theater? :)
There's lots of good answers available here, you just need to ask the
Vinyl and tile (stone or ceramic) are the best for bathrooms since
they are waterproof. Both are DIY compatible, with tile being a bit
more of a challenge but nicer IMHO. I just completely renovated a
bathroom and put down 12x12 tile over an electric floor heating
system, and it's gorgeous. It was my second experience with tile (did
a kitchen backsplash a few years ago) and went just fine. If you
choose tile, don't cut corners on the subfloor prep and you'll be
For a great web resource for tile information, see the tile forums at
http://johnbridge.com /; he has recommendations for a couple how-to
books there, as well. Another good resource is to visit a local tile
shop (not a big-box store) and chat up the the owner. Be sure to buy
your tile there, then if you have problems or questions they should be
there to help you.
For vinyl (or other floor types), see a general "home improvement"
book, either Home Depot's orange 1-2-3 or Black and Deckers big blue
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