Vinyl tiles over floorboards

I removed carpets to find original untreated floorboards with a few old paint splotches on them. I've read that you need ply underlay before laying vinyl tiles or else over time they will crack or the board's will show through over time. How long is "over time" - a few weeks, months ? Thanks

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If I was going to do your floor I would put a 3-5mm ply down then lay the floor on top of that. Over time can be anything from weeks to years depending on how often the floor will be walked on. Ie: high traffic area
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I've been laying all types of flooring for over 15 years, and yes ply underlay is needed but that is needed for a clean bonding surface for your adhesive vinyl tiles and applying the ply board will prevent cracking of vinyl tiles, in regards to your question you should be able to walk on it straight away and your should expect wear and tear over the course of several years as it is to be expected. If the floor your laying on is used alot like a hallway from front door then wear and tear will be increased.
Hope this helps kind regards Jason.
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