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Question DetailsAsked on 9/21/2011

can I successfully install porcelain tile over linoleum that is very firmly attached to a concrete slab floor

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Yes, but I wouldn't recommend it.

The linoleum has a covering on it that may or may not remain attached / laminated to the linoleum. Also the thinset or mortar you use may react to the linoleum over time. You don't want your base to move, so if the thinset or mortar doesn't attach to the linoleum or causes the linoleum to delaminate, you'll be doing the entire job over again.

Consider also that linoleum detaches over time. So eventually your firmly attached linoleum won't be. You are therefore shortening the lifespan of the tile above.

The best method is to remove the linoleum entirely. Porcelain tile over a concrete floor can give a lifetime of reliable service.

Answered 9 years ago by Kenny Johnson


no you will see the tile pop up in a short time. need to apply to concrete or a new sub floor.

Answered 9 years ago by kevin


As they say in Joisey - fo-get-it. The mastic or thinset will not bond properly so you will have popouts in a short time. Also, linoleum creeps and bulges over time, so it is not a stable base for the tile, so your would soon have joint cracking and an uneven floor, followed by pices popping out. Also, tile floors are not waterproof, and lineolum absorbs water and will mold and rot, so leaving it underneath is about equivalent to laying the tile on old rags - you will have decay, loosening, stink, etc.

Remove the linoleum, use a proper underlayment for tile, and do the job right. Otherwise, you could staple down a layer of dollar bills - comes out to about $5/SF, which coincidentally is roughly what you would be throwing away by putting a tile floor over linoleum.

Oh - and if someone tries to tell you about a new miracle system where you lay down a flexible mat and tile to that - same problem - tile should never be put on a flexible surface, it will just break up and fail.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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