Hi there, I have new built home. The builder installed vinyl toilets and kitchen. Just wondering is it possible to remove the vinyl and install new tiles or wood flooring without removing the cabinets and island and same in the toilets.
If you are planning to install ceramic tiles, you will have to remove the vinyl flooring, and if the vinyl flooring is glued, then you have to remove the glue as well. Same thing if you have linoleum installed.
Now if you plan to install laminate or hardwood (which I do not recommend for kitchens and bathrooms unless you seal it with a sealer) and you are ok with the extra height then it is ok to install on top.
There are different qualities of vinyl flooring (not linoleum) that are recommended for bathroom and kitchen as this type of flooring is resistant to water splashes, and if in doubt consult a local flooring company that I am sure they will be more then happy to help. Most of them have free estimating, so you can take advantage of this offer, and you learn something new in the process.
You also don't have to remove the cabinets, only the toilet will have to be removed, as it is very hard to cut around it specially ceramic tiles.
See picture for an example of vinyl tile flooring installed in a bathroom. This vinyl flooring is also easy to install. I hope this will help you and give you an idea how to go.
Yes, you always can install another floor on top of this existing floor as long as you are sure that existing floor installed and glued probably to the sub-floor and you are also fine with the differences on levels at any transitions between this floor and other one at the main floor. You can install any new floor without removing the kitchen cabinets, you just need to remove the kick toe plates and install them back after you are done however you have to removes the toilet and install it back for the washroom. My opinion is the vinyl plank is very suitable for washrooms and kitchens more than any other floors nowadays especially if it's a good quality one.
Just like the other professionals have told you already you can install new flooring without removing your kitchen cabinets. However you do have to remove the toilets, but that is a very easy job for a plumber.
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