Part of my kitchen upgrade is to replace the linoleum floor with ceramic tiles. I plan on pulling the current floor then securing any creaking areas before putting in the ceramic. I spoke with a contractor who said this can be done without removing the old floor. Is it necessary to remove the linoleum? This is the original floor from when I built the home 18 years ago.
The kitchen in our 80-year old home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has very worn linoleum flooring on a plywood-looking substrate. We tried removing some of the linoleum and it crumbles or separates from the backing. What would cost more--preparing the floor for new vinyl sheet flooring or preparing it to install wood laminate flooring?