Carpet over old vinyl tile

Old 07-03-18, 08:28 AM
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Carpet over old vinyl tile

I just bought a 1960s rambler, and pulled out the old carpet from the basement rec room. Carpet was covering old (original?) vinyl tile. I'd rather not disturb the tile out of concern that it might contain asbestos, but some tiles did pull up and/or break as we were removing the pad. Is it safe to just re-carpet? Do I need to do anything to level the spots where tiles came up?
Old 07-03-18, 09:20 AM
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I would buy a few squares of modern vinyl composite tile (VCT) or peel & stick vinyl squares and replace the old tiles that popped up. Then lay your new carpet on top.
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Refer to above post. Unless the tiles are very thin, and you are installing a thick pad and heavy pile, in which case I seriously doubt you would ever feel the area missing tile. There are also composites (levelers) that can be spread to even out the area.
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I would skim with a leveling compound and install carpet and move on. Probably right to not disturb the balance. Cover it and you should not have any worries and years of carefree use of the room, provided that the moisture content in that room is low enough to support carpet.
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Czizzi has the right solution. Done it hundreds of times.
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All right, thanks everyone!

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