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Question DetailsAsked on 9/24/2013

What is the best approach for covering kitchen ceramic tile floor with newer, more attractive vinyl tiles/flooring?

We have a 11' x 20' kitchen with a ceramic tile floor that is outdated. The eating area is where we eat all of our meals, and it is the way to our heavily used back door, so there is a lot of traffic. I would like to put new flooring on top of the tile. We like the looks of many of the new vinyl "board shaped" vinyl tiles and are considering using them as a solution. There seem to be choices of self sticking, glue it yourself, and interlocking. I am looking for a solution that is durable and can stand up to traffic and floor washing.

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Here is a link to a fairly detailed respoonse I gave on a very similar question - should help you along your way.

About the only thing you can successfully put over tile flooring is a "floating" laminate or engineered wood floor, on a pad designed specifically for use on tile/stone floors - is stiffer, to bridge the tile joints without the floor sagging into the joints.

Vinyl or laminate or wood tiles would be a no-go because they would sag into the tile joints and end up giving a dimpled checkerboard pattern, if not actually coming apart at the seams, and rigid ones tend to rock on the high center of the tiles, breaking or loosening joints. Floor levelling first does not work because it will not stick to the tile, so it comes loose and granulates in a year or less, making for bumps and raised dimples in the vinyl flooring.

Now if by "board shaped" you mean the snap-joint vinyl plank floating floor materials like Pergo and others make, then this is a floating floor and would be expected to perform well assuming your tiles are fairly flat - not the raised-center "high-profile" tiles used for a short time in the 90's to give floors more texture.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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