Installing Vinyl Tile Over Old Linoleum?

January 16, 2008

Installing Vinyl Tile Over Old Linoleum TileI want to lay down self stick tiles on top of linoleum in the bathroom. Can it be done successfully?

Grandma D. from Colorado



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January 16, 20081 found this helpful
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For various reasons, I put some self-stick tile over part of my lineoleum in the kitchen it did work - but with self-stick stiles you always have trouble with the seams - it might be better to get one big piece from the hardware store...I know Home Depot sells pieces big enough for bathrooms and small kitchens...

January 16, 20081 found this helpful
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I wouldn't do it. You will never be happy with the results. As pamphilia says, you can get a single sheet of linolium for probably less than you could pay for those sticky squares.


You might need help installing a single sheet, but at least it will look right for many years to come.

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July 7, 2007

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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July 7, 20070 found this helpful
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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!
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!
* 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.

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September 25, 2010

Concrete and linoleum tile floor.My home was built in the 40's. In the utility room in the basement the concrete floors were covered with I think linoleum tiles. They appear to have been laid around that time. The red and green square tiles however, do not completely cover the concrete floor so it looks unfinished.

I want to put a new floor down to cover the entire floor (linoleum and concrete) in the utility room and don't want to pull up the old tiles. I'm thinking of updated vinyl tiles. Because of the unevenness of the floor is there a product I can use to pour or lay over the concrete to even it up to the existing tiles?



By Kathleen from Alexandria, VA


September 26, 20100 found this helpful
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If you should have tear up the old tiles be careful because old tiles made in the the time period you describe will have been made from asbestos. Asbestos fibers are something you don't want to breathe in. You can have someone come in and test the tiles for asbestos. If there is asbestos in the tile and you want or have to have them taken out, you will have to call in the experts to remove them.

September 26, 20100 found this helpful
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There are multiple issues here. First is asbestos. Removal will probably be expensive. It's best to leave it there if possible.
Secondly, it sounds like you have an irregular floor. This can probably be repaired by an experienced floor layer. If a floor layer is hired and he determines that he is able to even the concrete so that he is able to lay over it thus covering the asbestos tile you would most likely find that to be the most cost effective solution.


You may still find this project to be more costly than you like.
I would call a reputable floor company a bid should cost you nothing. Request a bid be careful of anyone that will only give you an estimate unless they are a person that you know and trust. ;o)


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January 29, 2011

Can I tile over a linoleum backspash? If so, how do I do it?

By Chris from Long Island, NY


January 30, 20110 found this helpful
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Hi, I have done several home improvement jobs including tiling just about everything, floors and walls!. It's my experience that you should only put tile on a waterproof backer board. You wouldn't want to tile over the existing tile because it's possible that at some point in time, the linoleum mat loosen up and then your tiles will fall off because the weren't glued to a stable backing to begin with. So you have two options, either remove the old tiles right down to the bare wall, or put up some waterproof backerboard to allow for a stable surface to attach your tiles to. Good luck!

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August 18, 2014

When we bought this house, it had blue vinyl peel and stick tiles in the kitchen that did not go with our decor. We asked the guy who was laying our carpet if there would be a problem if he laid down some peel and stick tiles that we liked over them. He said "no problem"! He used a black tarry glue between the old and new tiles.

Within a couple weeks we saw this stuff between some of the tiles. We asked him about it and he said that problem would go away in about 3-6 months.

It has been 9 years and it still comes up. We have used WD-40, Goof Off, and a scraper to clean it off. It looks good for a couple weeks and then this black gunk oozes out again. My husband curses this guy every time we have to go through the cleaning process because he asked him if there would be any problems with this.

Is there any thing we can use that will stop this problem?

By Carole

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