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Can You/Should You Put Vinyl Tile Over Ceramic Tile?

Vinyl Tiles for home interior designs and house renovation

When installing a new floor, one of the biggest considerations is how long the task is going to take and thus, how time can be saved throughout the process without cutting corners. If you have ceramic tile, can you put vinyl tile right over them?

Vinyl tile can be installed over ceramic tile as long as the ceramic floor does not have sunken grout joints, is not damaged in any way, and is level enough to be a solid support for the new tile going in. If this is all repaired or confirmed to be in good condition, installation can proceed.

Ceramic tile is visually appealing, but when it comes to repairing this material or reinstalling a new ceramic tile floor, things can get rather expensive and complicated when it comes to actual installation. Therefore, many individuals look towards the vinyl tile alternative that can be quickly installed as well as fit just about any budget. If you already have ceramic tile as your flooring, can you put vinyl tile right over it? Take a look below to find what you need to know.

Can You Lay Vinyl Tiles Over Ceramic Tiles?

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If you know much about flooring, you know one of the most important aspects of installation is to have a subfloor that is going to support the floor they are laying. Therefore, when you have an existing floor that is made of ceramic tile, you may be wondering if that tile will work as an appropriate subfloor for new vinyl tiles. If you are considering installing vinyl tiles over ceramic tiles, is this something that you can do?

Yes, you can lay vinyl tiles over ceramic tiles so long as the ceramic tiles do not have sunken grout joints, are not damaged in any way, and are level enough to support the vinyl tiles in a way that will not cause them to protrude or separate once installed.

Knowing that you can lay vinyl tiles over ceramic tiles, it is important to understand that the condition of your ceramic tile is essential. The ceramic tile is going to be working as the subfloor of the vinyl tiles, therefore, the ceramic must be in nearly perfect condition so that the floor can be supported well, will not give way to further damage or deterioration in damaged spots, and will keep your floor level.

If you find that the grout joints are all in good shape and are not sunken, that all ceramic tiles are free of cracks and other damage, and that the floor is completely level, there is no reason that you cannot lay vinyl tile over ceramic tile. With this being the case, you may be curious as to any reasons that you should not lay vinyl? Take a look below to find out whether you should lay vinyl tile over ceramic tile and when you should avoid it.

Should You Lay Vinyl Tile Over Ceramic Tile?

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Knowing that you can lay vinyl tile over ceramic tile, you may be heading straight into your next project. But before pulling out all of the stops to get your new vinyl tile floor looking great, there are a few things you need to consider to ensure the process goes as it should. Although laying down vinyl tile floor is a relatively uncomplicated task, when putting it over ceramic tile, is this something you should do?

If the ceramic tile is damaged, has sunken grout joints, or is not level, you should not install vinyl tile over top before making the appropriate repairs. Once you have all the fixes needed to ensure the floor is in top condition, there should be no problem installing vinyl over top.

When it comes to the condition of the ceramic tiles in the area you plan to install vinyl flooring, this is the deciding factor to whether or not you should place vinyl tile over top. However, when a ceramic floor has damage, this does not always mean that your vinyl tile dreams are dashed. It may stall the projected timeline of your project, but if you make the appropriate repairs to the floor, you should be able to install vinyl flooring without an issue.

How To Install Vinyl Tile Over Ceramic Tile

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Once you have the floor prepped and cleaned, you then begin the installation process of laying vinyl tile over your ceramic tile. You will start by removing the baseboards from the room perimeter and make cuts that match up with the perimeter of the ceramic tile to avoid exposing the expansion joints once they are covered by the baseboard. After this is done, you can then begin either installing self-adhering vinyl tiles or tiles that are installed atop an adhesive bed.

To install self-adhering vinyl tiles, you will start with the first row by snapping a chalk line on the floor to help guide the row in a straight line, starting at the longest wall and running parallel. Start by laying the first piece, completing the row, then repeating for sequential rows.

At the end of rows, you may need to cut the vinyl tile in order to fit them properly in the row. To do this, simply use a vinyl tile cutter. If you are installing vinyl plank flooring with adhesive, you will use a notched trowel to smear the adhesive onto the back of the tile before laying it down. Be sure to adhere to the trowel depth recommendation that is provided by the makers of the vinyl tile you are laying down. Give the tiles time to dry before applying any pressure.

Tools Needed

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If you have decided that you are going to install vinyl tiles over your ceramic tiles, one of the most important steps is preparing yourself by having every tool you are going to need prepped and available before beginning. Luckily, when it comes to installing vinyl tile over ceramic tile, the tools needed are relatively few and mostly easy to find. Therefore, when it comes to the tools that will make installation as easy as possible, what do you need?

If installing self-adhering vinyl tiles, you will need a hammer, utility knife, carpenter’s square, tape measure, tile cutter, and a chalk line. Have these tools gathered together and placed in an area that is easy to reach to ensure the most hassle-free and smooth installation process.

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If you are installing tile with a bed of adhesive, you will need a hammer, utility knife, notched trowel, tape measure, tile cutter, and a chalk line. The only tool that separates this style of installation is the trowel, but it is an essential piece to ensuring that the adhesive is put onto the tile in a way that will allow for proper air as well as a strong grip once the adhesive has dried.

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ReadyToDIY is the owner of this article. This post was published on July 21, 2021.

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