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Can You Put Vinyl Tile Over Vinyl Flooring? (How to)

Yes, you can put vinyl tile over vinyl flooring if the floor is in good condition. Self-adhesive vinyl tile is inexpensive compared to hardwood or ceramic flooring, making it a great option for beautiful flooring at any price point. Plus, putting vinyl tiles over vinyl flooring is easy!

Installing new vinyl tile over existing vinyl flooring is pretty straightforward as long as the vinyl floor is in good condition with no major damage or problems. If your floor is damaged or has cracks or warping, you may want to consider replacing it completely instead of trying to cover it up with new vinyl tile.

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If your existing vinyl floor is in good condition, there’s no reason why you can’t install vinyl tile right over top. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to install vinyl tile over vinyl flooring

step by step. We’ll also answer some common questions about this type of project

so you can decide if it’s right for you.

Use our tile floor calculator to find out how much it’ll cost you to put tile over vinyl flooring.

Should You Put Vinyl Tile Over Vinyl Flooring? (Any Problems To Look Out For)

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Installing new vinyl tile over existing vinyl flooring is generally pretty straightforward, but there are a few things to look out for.

Before you put vinyl tile over vinyl flooring, look for tears and other problems in the existing floor. Also, check that the current vinyl is at least 1/8 inch thick and used a urethane-based adhesive.

Condition of the Existing Vinyl Flooring

If your floor is in good condition and has no major damage or problems, then installing new vinyl tile over top should be just fine. However, if your floor is damaged or has cracks or warping, you may want to consider replacing it completely instead of trying to cover it up with new vinyl tile.

Thickness of the Existing Vinyl Flooring

Most self-adhesive vinyl tiles are around 1/8 inch thick. So, if the thickness of your existing floor is close to or greater than 1/8 inch, you may want to use a different method to install the new tiles. A

Urethane-Based Adhesive on Existing Vinyl Flooring

If your existing floor has a urethane-based adhesive, then installing new self-adhesive tiles over top should work just fine. However, if your floor has an asphalt-based adhesive, then you may want to consider using a different installation method because the asphalt could cause the new tiles to peel up over time.

What Tools Do You Need To Put Vinyl Tile Over Vinyl Flooring

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You probably already have most of the tools you need to put vinyl tiles over vinyl flooring.

You will need a mop and broom (or vacuum) to clean the existing vinyl floor. You’ll also need a utility knife or box cutter, tape, and enough contractor paper to cover the floor twice. And, of course, you will need your new self-adhesive vinyl tiles!

How Many Floor Tiles Do I Need to Put Vinyl Tile Over Vinyl Flooring?

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The number of tiles you need depends on the size of the room.

You will need to calculate the area of the room, by multiplying the length times the width. Next, divide the area by the area each tile covers. That will tell you how many tiles to buy.

  1. To find the area of a room, multiply the length by the width. For example, if the room is 10 feet long and 12 feet wide, the area would be 120 square feet.
  2. Once you have the area, determine how many tiles you will need by dividing the area by the number of square feet that each tile covers. For example, if the self-adhesive vinyl tiles are around 1 square foot each, then, you would divide 120 (the area of the room) by 1 (the area of each tile), so you would need 120 tiles.
  3. Don’t panic if the tiles you want are more or less than a square foot. Find the area of the tile by multiplying the length time by the width. Let’s say the self-adhesive vinyl tiles you want are 9 square inches each.
  4. But you need to convert this to feet – you can do this with a calculator. To find the length of the tiles in feet divide the inches by 12 (there are 12 inches in a foot). So a 9-inch tile is 9/12 or 0.75 feet. Now multiply length times width (0.75 times 0.75) to get 0.5625.
  5. Now you are ready to divide the area of the room (120 square feet) by the area of each tile (0.5625 square feet). You need 213.33 tiles. Always round to the next number, so you need 214 tiles.
  6. Always buy a few extra tiles in case you need to make repairs in the future so that you will have an exact match on hand.

What Preparations Do You Need To Install Vinyl Tile Over Vinyl Flooring?

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Before you put down new vinyl tiles, you need to make sure the current flooring is clean and in good condition.

Clean the floor to remove all dirt and debris. Once it is clean, go over the floor one last time to check for damage. Then, place a layer of contractor paper over the floor.

  1. Start by thoroughly cleaning your existing floor with a vacuum and damp mop. Make sure to remove all dirt and debris so the new tiles will have a clean surface to adhere to.
  2. Check the floor one last time for tears or bubbles. If you find any problems, fix them before you move on to the next step.
  3. Next, use a utility knife or box cutter to score any highspots or inconsistencies on the surface of the old vinyl, so they don’t show through the new tile later on
  4. Once that’s done, roll out a layer of contractor paper over the entire room and tape it down at the seams

How To Install Vinyl Tile Over Vinyl Flooring

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Now you are ready for the fun part!

Start in one corner and work your way through the room. Peel the backing off each tile and press it into place. Repeat until you have the floor covered. Then roll out a layer of contractor paper and leave it alone for 24 hours.

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  1. Now comes the time for the fun part! Starting in one corner
  2. of the room, peel back the backing on one of the tiles and press it into place
  3. Repeat this process until all of the tiles are in place.
  4. Once all of the tiles are down, roll out another layer of contractor paper over top and let everything cure for 24 hours before walking on it or moving any furniture back into place.

And that’s it! You should now have a brand new-looking floor that will last for years with minimal maintenance required. Easy peasy!