10:45AM | 06/08/04
Member Since: 06/07/04
2 lifetime posts
I want to tile over our exisiting vinyl floor in our kitchen. The vinyl is in pretty good shape, nicely glued down, and is not cushioned.

I know that some people are against such installation saying that it fails and some say that it is perfectly fine and that it works.

What is the skinny on this? What could go wrong with the installation? Any tips from people who have done it?

Thanks in advance


05:14PM | 06/08/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
254 lifetime posts
Some have done it and have been far...

A professional should not tell you it is o.k. unless they do not plan on being in town long enought to deal with it.

If an inspector came in to inspect cracked tile or grout and saw sheet goods cushioned or not under the tile, they would blame install and nothing else.

bad idea...cracked tile and grout is the most likely outcome.

but you could take a never know...


09:09AM | 06/09/04
Member Since: 06/07/04
2 lifetime posts
Thanks for the tip. Since I wrote the previous message, I have found out that the mastic used on the existing vinyl flooring has asbestos. So, I either have to get in a specialist to remove the flooring (which I would rather not) or tile over the vinyl floor.

So, I'm stuck with tiling over the vinyl.

Any tips?


09:12AM | 06/09/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
254 lifetime posts
I hope the plan at least is to screw down backerboard first?


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