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Question DetailsAsked on 1/1/2016

Can you pour a terrazzo floor over level ceramic tile or do you have to remove the ceramic tile beforehand?

I have a 2300 sq foot home with plain white ceramic tile in good shape but dated. I want terrazzo floors - does the tile have to be removed or can the terrazzo be installed over the tile?

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I wouldn't - whether you are talking true terrazo tile, or the newer pourable shard-mixed concrete products which are confusingly also called terrazo. The problem is getting an effective bond that will not separate. There are trowlable bonding agents sold for this, but I have never seen one I would trust without first heavily sanding the glaze off the existing tile to provide a bond - in which case cost-wise it is probably just as cheap to just remove the tile that is there, especially since with a pourable terrazo the existing mortar or thinset would not have to be totally removed to perfectly smooth surface like it would for a sheet vinyl or linoleum for instance.

Also - overlaying the existing tile means yuou are going to have a pretty thick floor - so probably going to have nasty transition issues to surrounding floor materials if different materials and not also being replaced at same time.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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