Vinyl flooring is flexible synthetic flooring that is able to mimic the style of other types of flooring. It’s durable, waterproof, affordable and easy to install. It’s made out of many layers of different materials. Some of these layers protect the flooring from scratches, dents and even mildew. It can come in large sheets, or interlocking planks or tiles.
Since vinyl flooring is a popular choice, many people want to know if they can install it over other floors. The answer is yes — in some cases.
Look for a Smooth, Seamless Surface
Vinyl floors can be installed over top of any level surface that’s smooth and seamless or tightly seamed. That can include ceramic tile if you take the appropriate steps to make it suitable for vinyl installation. If your ceramic tile floor is very damaged, unlevel or has many deep seams, it may not be a good foundation for vinyl flooring. You should also keep in mind that tile with embossing can show through thin vinyl flooring.
How to Install Vinyl Flooring Over Ceramic Tile
If you’re planning to lay vinyl over tile, you may need to take a few steps to get ready for the installation.
Consider the height of your floor and the type of vinyl you’re hoping to install. If the floor is at a good height now, will the vinyl make it too high? While vinyl is typically thinner than other types of flooring, it does come in different thicknesses — so it’s still a good idea to make sure the floor will be at an acceptable height.
Examine the tile for any broken or damaged pieces. Remove the loose pieces. Keep an eye out for cracks in the tile and grout lines, as this may indicate movement in the subfloor or foundation.
Check the subfloor if you can. Since you’re not planning on removing all the tile, it’s important to make sure the subfloor underneath is in good condition.
Check the seams of the tile. If the seams are too wide, they could eventually show through the tile.
Fill the empty sections and wide seams with liquid cement or floor patch, making sure it’s level with the tile floor. A wide putty knife will help you with this step.
When the floor is dry and level, make sure it’s clean and free of any dust and dirt.
The overall goal is to make the floor smooth, even and level. Any cracks or seams can create depressions in the flexible vinyl flooring. Having a quality subfloor is important for a long-lasting floor.
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With quality flooring products and trained experts, 50 Floor can help you transform your home. We believe it should be easy and affordable to find quality flooring that comes with outstanding service.
If you’re wondering what type of flooring would be best for your home, turn to the experts and book a free in-home consultation with 50 Floor. Our trained flooring professionals can bring samples for you to view in your space so you can make an informed decision. We can also help you determine whether you can install flooring over your ceramic tile. Reach out today if you have any questions!