Return to the Flooring Forum | Post a Follow-Up

have to remove vinyl before laying ceramic tile?

Posted by hifixer (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 19, 12 at 0:16

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?

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: have to remove vinyl before laying ceramic tile?

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.

RE: have to remove vinyl before laying ceramic tile?

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.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Flooring Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here