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2008-07-05 17:08:30
2008-07-05 17:08:30

Remove the laminate floor first


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If you are installing a floating laminate floor, you can easily put it right over the tile.

No, ceramic tile needs a firm subfloor, without movement, and one not prone to moisture. Laminate is none of those.

Yes. You should use a good quality underlay with it though to reduce the noise of the laminate knocking on the tiles.

A laminate tile, which is a floating floor, can be installed with no backboard.

In my opinion, no it will swell.In my opinion, yes you can install laminate over tile if the tile is in good condition/stable and even. You would first put underlayment above the tile and then the laminate on top. (you always add underlayment before laminate). It is important, though, to make sure you have enough clearance for the doors (you may need to shave the doors). If it's a kitchen, you also want to make sure there is enough clearance for the appliances.

You should NEVER install tile over laminate. Pull up the laminate (which is very easy) and install the appropriate subfloor, then install tile on that

Yes but you have to make sure you clean the floor first

No. Generally wood flooring needs to be nailed down. You may be able to get away with installing a floating laminate floor over the tile, but I would check with the maker of the laminate floor for it's installation recommendations. Obviously a flat surface would be ideal. Yes but not directly. You will have to include a self leveling underlayment. Engineered wood can be installed over a self leveling underlayment with adhesive.

If the vinyl is down tight , the answer is YES, Laminate con go over it

I'm guessing that you mean penny round tile. If so, no should never lay this over a laminate floor. Laminate floors are floating, so they move and your tile/grout will crack. You are also not supposed tile on top of any form of wood (laminate is recycled hardwood), because it expands and contracts so it will also cause the tile and grout to crack. You should remove the laminate. And then install on top of either smooth concrete, level it or add in cement board. If, however, you actually mean vinyl, then it depends the condition of the vinyl. It's usually better to remove it, but you might be able to get instead pour 1/2 self leveling cement or put cement board on top and then install. Your floor should be smooth and level before installing the tile.

Tile, laminate is too vulnerable to spills and other liquids.

Hardwood, carpet, laminate, ceramic tile, vinyl flooring. the list goes on.

No, there is too much movement in a laminate floor. Yes, if you use a perimeter sheet vinyl type product that looks like tile, however there may be movement. But since the question was vinyl tile, the correct answer is no.

No, you should never do that, it will defeat the purpose of having ceramic tile and it does not look good.

Most common types flooring: Hardwood Laminate Tile Carpeting Vinyl

This would depend on your needs. Ceramic is durable, but grout can be somewhat hard to clean, and it is cold to the feet. Laminate has a really warm look, but is moisture sensitive and hard to repair.

It depends on the condition, material and surface of the laminate. A linolium floor, for example, is soft composition with a textured surface. This makes a horrible foundation for ceramic tile, giving room to crack the grout between tiles. A hardwood-type laminate is smoother and harder which is a better foundation. That said, the best thing to do is rip the laminate out and start fresh.

No, laminate is floating type of floor installed over an insulation pad. Hardwood floor has to be nailed, stapled or glued to the subfloor. If you do manage to install hardwood on top of laminate sooner or later your Laminate floor will expand due to high temperature or humidity and it will create gaps between hardwood planks.

no, you would have a messy lumpy floor

No because the old floor is also floating.

No. You have to glue your linoleum on the hard surface, but Laminate is a floating floor and always move.

You would be putting a permanent floor over a temporary floor & that would not be wise. Might work but if it doesn't you lose it all...

No. If you want to lay tile on top of anything other than concrete, you need to install a backer board like Hardi Backer. If the laminate floor is a floating floor (ie: Pergo) then you will have to take that all up first and then install your backer board. If you don't install a backer board and the sub floor underneath the tile is able to expand/contract or shift, the tile may break and the grout will crack.

Yes you can lay laminate floor over old hardwood floor, but why would you want to? You can lay laminate over a large variety of surfaces, not carpet, ha ha. Would it not be less expensive, faster, more conservitive, and more beautiful to refinish the existing wood floor? Just a thought.

Laminate flooring works just as well as tile, and is easier to install, though is a lesser quality.

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