have to remove vinyl before laying ceramic tile?

hifixerMarch 19, 2012

I want to lay ceramic tile over an existing vinyl floor which is in pretty good condition. I don't know how old the vinyl is but it may be from the 1970's. I was told that it would be better to remove the vinyl because the ceramic tile wouldn't stick well to it and also if the floors move (I live on a very high floor of an apartment building) the tiles might crack.

Is this true? Is it better to remove the old vinyl tile?

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When we put porcelain tile in our washroom we had carpet in there. When I hired the tile layers they said the cost of laying tile did not include removing glue down carpet. They merely put fortified thinset and screwed down underlayment (Hardy cement board I think) on that. They put regular thinset on that and set the tiles. I elected to use epoxy grout because my wife was worried about cleaning grout on that floor. That was about 4 years ago and we have had no problems with the install. I'm not sure if fortified thinset would stick to vinyl but a good tile setter should know.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 11:47AM
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Sophie Wheeler

The only way to do the project right is to remove the vinyl.

Tile over vinyl, or especially carpet, is just an insane half assery.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 12:38PM
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