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Installing New Flooring Over Linoleum

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I hate my inlaid linoleum in my bathroom! I would like to replace but would like to avoid ripping up the current stuff. Can I put new peel and stick tiles over it? How about ceramic tiles?

Thanks for your help,
Monica from Northeast, PA

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By Swozniak (Guest Post)01/05/2009

I would consult with a building inspector or flooring contractor re: ceramic tile. When I had my house inspection for my 100+ year old house, I asked the inspector if I could put a ceramic tile floor in the up stairs bath -- which has a wooden floor that is crumbling. He explained that a tricky process called a float would be needed. I decided that since linoleum is as historically correct as ceramic tile, that I would go with linoleum . . . when I find a job!

By Mary [12]07/16/2007

As long as the linoleum you are covering is still securely glued to the floor, with no gaps or places that have lifted, it is my understanding that you can use it as a subfloor and put another floor over it - such as ceramic or peel and stick tile. You do have to make sure that the floor is thoroughly cleaned and stripped of any old wax, etc. There are some sites on the internet that are helpful. Take into account that since you are adding layers instead of replacing them this could affect transitions into other rooms off of that room.

By Marilyn (Guest Post)07/12/2007

I hated my bathroom floor, also, and, after measuring the widest parts of the bathroom, I purchased a piece of 6' x 8' carpeting (they come in different sizes) at Menard's, made a template of the floor using newspaper taped together, turned the carpet upside down, put the template on the carpet back and cut around the template with an Xacto knife. Voila'! A "custom" carpet for the bathroom that fits nice and snug and feels great under bare feet. Using carpet cleaner now and then keeps it looking great. It's been in my bathroom for almost 13 years.

By Kim [67]07/11/2007

We just laid new linoleum over our old and found a wonderful brand at Lowe's--it's more expensive, but there is no glue involved, just cut to size (carefully) and put it in, it 'adheres itself' to the floor, just put some sticky tape around the edge(Purchased at Lowe's for this purpose) Sorry, can't remember the name, but it's about twice as thick and feels ABSOLUTELYLUXURIOUS to walk on, even barefoot. You can tell which it is when you go and look at the samples. I would recommend this over anything else. Kim

By G Blackman (Guest Post)07/11/2007

Use a leveling compound, found in the home centers, to even out the floor or lay a thin plywood for substrate, before adhering either tile. The ceramic tiles will adhere if you use an additive, professionals call it "milk," made by Laticrete, to the thinset. You shouldn't have a problem.

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By pam munro [447]07/11/2007

oh, the detailed description of putting on stick-on tiles! They are not as stable as other linoleum - but I just have extras to replace them! & I would imagine that if the linoleum floor is even, etc, that putting on stick on tiles wouldn't be too hard.

By Cyinda [214]07/07/2007

No, you can't install real ceramic tiles over Linoleum or vinyl, They will crack & break, Ceramic Tiles have to be installed over a hard, non-shifting, stable floor... Or, so the experts say.

But, as far as installing new "peel & stick" tiles over your old linoleum (or vinyl) existing floor will depend on many things:

-- first of all is your floor sound & level?
-- Is the linoleum attached solidly to the floor, with no shifting?
-- is there deep a relief pattern on the linoleum?

***Your best bet would be to install a floating floor. Like the "Pergo" types... If you have the right answers to the above questions (Yes, Yes, No) then a floating floor would be your best bet!
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BUT,
If I were you, & I had my heart set on installing peel & stick tiles over the old floor I would first:

-- Wash the floor & let dry

-- Then lightly sand it, to give it some tooth, (This is VERY important!) Or you could use a med-corse steal wool instead.

-- Next, wipe old floor down with either TSP or rubbing alcohol to remove any grease (even grease you can't see, from your hands & body, etc) Just make sure the floor is spotless!

-- Make sure the room is warm, the peal & stick tiles will not adhere in cool or cold weather. If they refuse to stick, take a blow dryer or a heat gun & warm them up a bit. Then press down on the now hot tiles with a soft towel. Don't use very much heat or the peal & stick tiles will warp & stretch.

-- Then finally, Go for it & stick those babies on!
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* Don't make the mistake I made. I tried to install peel & stick vinyl tiles over a slightly shiny surface (semi-gloss paint)... They ended up coming off, I had to add more glue, it was a big hassle... so make sure to sand the old floor first to give them "tooth" & especially to remove any shine.

By melissa (Guest Post)07/07/2007

We moved in two years ago and the first thing we did was the flooring which we bought the self stick wood pieces (looks like real wood flooring) and put that on top of the existing linoleum. First you want to make sure the floor is cleaned up really good and then lay them down starting in the middle of the floor and work your way out. I don't see why it wouldn't work unless you needed to replace the subfloor. As far as ceramic tiles on top of linoleum, i don't know much about that, but what i do know about tiles, you should have fresh wood underneath for the grout to stick to, i don't see where it would stick on top of the linoleum, but you never know.
Good luck.

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