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Tom Smeal

05:04AM | 12/15/04
Member Since: 02/02/04
13 lifetime posts
We wish to put a ceramic tile floor in the kitchen of our 1965-built wood frame home.

The wood based floor has an Armstrong Solarium waxless vinyl floor cemented over the original sheet vinyl floor.

Is it practicable to try to remove the existing flooring and install ceramic tile?

Can I tile over the existing floor?

Thanks for any advice,

Tom


Tom Smeal

08:39AM | 12/27/04
Member Since: 02/02/04
13 lifetime posts
Good point Timbear. I did this for an upstairs bathroom that had a sheet vinyl floor. I used cement backer board screwed directly through the vinyl floor into the subfloor, then ceramic tiled on top. It worked great! This technique even eliminated the floor squeeks.

The problem with my kitchen is that I have two layers, soloarium over sheet vinyl. I really want ceramic tile. I guess I'll test a small are to see if I can remove the solarium and scrape off the glue that was spread all over when it was installed over the original sheet vinyl floor.

If I screw down the backer board over the solarium and vinyl flooring, I suspect I would get a firm mechanical joint that will not flex because it is screwed all the way into the plywood subfloor.

I will just end up with a raised floor.

Oh well, it will still look great!

tom




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