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Can you cover ceramic tiles with what? Paint, ceramic tile, carpet, laminate flooring or ?

Need a bit more info to answer this question.

Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon


If you check the Home > Flooring link in Browse Projects at lower left, you can search for several similar questions about putting other flooring over tile, with responses. Here are a few recent responses from that list:

Basically, because tile is almost always domed, and has recessed grout lines, any flexible flooring will develop waves over the tiles and commonly start cracking along the domes. Therefore, vinyl tiles, linoleum, and the like are out. Of course, the more domed the tiles, the worse. Paint generally will not stick reasonably to tile unless you sandblast it, which in a house is a mess. Thickly padded carpet can be used through there will be "soft" spots in it at the grout lines. Most rigid floating flooring like engineered wood and laminate can be put over it on the correct padding. non-floating engineered wood or hardwood cannot because you can't nail into the tile.

Generally, except for thick, rigid laminates and engineered wood, I would not put anything else over tile - because of its roughness, lack of ability to take nails, etc. Also, putting something else over tile gives you a very high transition in many cases - especially if there was already a thin floor like linoleum next to it. In that typeof case the step up can actually end up coming the code for a "step" and introduce some screwy rules in some code jurisdictions, like requiring handrails at the transition, so check your code regarding transition height before oerlaying an existing flooring material.

One other problem with overlaying tile - if there is a spill that gets the padding wet, it cannot dry by soaking into and diffusing through the subfloor, so tends to mold easier.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD



Need more information as to what you are proposing.

Answered 6 years ago by WoWHomeSolutions

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