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02:34PM | 10/12/05
Member Since: 11/02/04
6 lifetime posts
I have a kitchen/family room area that was tiled by the previous owner and would like to remodel with a floating wood floor in the family room and new tile in the kitchen.

I saw in a previous post that it may be possible to tile over tile with leveling cement put down to even out the original tile. Any more specifics on this method and how DIY friendly is this? Floating an engineered wood floor seems a little more straight-forward, what would be the concerns with this? Thanks is advance for the advice.



02:22PM | 10/13/05
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
Cant help you on the wood.

Tile over tile can be done using a good modified thinset, no leveling cement needed unless you want to level out the floor too.

The big caveats are:

The existing tile has to be in good shape, no cracks or loose grout caused by movement in the substrate

If height(check door swing and appliances) and weight(if over a wood framed subfloor) are not an issue

The existing tile has to be cleaned of ALL soap residue, grease, dirt, anything that would inhibit the thinset's ability to properly bond.


06:44AM | 10/29/05
Member Since: 10/28/05
311 lifetime posts
in addidtion to bobs comment, i would suggest scarification of the existing tile surface if it is glazed with a diamond cup wheel on a grinder or coars sandpaper.

as to the wood, you want a smooth sound subfloor system to go over. Lacking that will only cause problems.

Heit tolerances are per manufacturer so ensure you have manufacturer installation instruction that mention specific for the substrate, and ensure yours meets those specifications.


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