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We have old linoleum with a brick pattern that has  a slight raised pattern on it. (probably to make it more realistic)It covers our ENTIRE basement area. It is very dark, I'd like to use a light vinyl that looks like light colored oak planks, I've seen it at WALMART on their floors so I'm pretty sure is great with foot traffic!! Do you think the raised pattern of the brick will show thru the  new vinyl????  SOME people might see that as  a negative, but I really wouldn't care, I'm just wanting a lighter floor so basement isn't so depressing!!!

Thank you for your question Sue,

   Over time without skimming the old vinyl pattern over with a float the pattern will indeed photograph through to a visible degree and perhaps a physical degree where you can feel it through your feet when walking over it. It will take some time to get there but it will after a while. But...if as you say you "really wouldn't care" then I see no reason for waiting any longer to have a lighter colored floor. I think it's a good idea to lighten up any basement floor by installing a much lighter floor covering, so go for it Sue, just allow some additional time for the floor to "set up" properly as going over vinyl and not the original sub-strate will take longer for the glue to cure and dry out so that it can hold the product securely...ok? That's it I hope this helps you with your project feel free to return anytime...

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Perry Vellenga


Ceramic Tile/Marble. I can answer questions about floor preparation, tile selection, layout questions, performance of products, expectations of finish, compatabilities, questions about grout and epoxies, evaluating an installer, asking the right questions to check competence...more? 33 years this August 2012/ many years in commercial application from exterior finishes to Mall store fronts/ interior finishes like floor packages in stores inside Malls examples: The Limited, Lerner/NY, Lane Bryants, Bombay Co., Now involved in Residential new construction covering all types of interior finishes and designs.


I worked in an exclusive field of floorcovering called "Tenant Development" which is by invitational bid only, by way of a National bid list. These are large floor packages usually over 3500 sq. ft. of 18" x 18" Marble and Granite and many other types of Marble and sizes. They are specialty stores where the floor package can cost upwards of $50,000 for one store. I have also done "Structure" stores and J. Riggins stores, Lane Bryant,Express and Body Shop stores where wood flooring is used. Presently work for a National Flooring Company in the Residential new construction arena that covers most interior design elements..Granite Slab tops/wood flooring both job finished and prefinished ect..

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