Vinyl planks over tile.

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Old 10-20-17, 06:53 PM
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Vinyl planks over tile.

I have some vinyl planks that I want to install on an old tile bathroom floor. Can I just lay them straight on top of the tile? The tile are 1x1" all over. I put a couple of test planks down but I'm worried about creating our cracking.
 
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Old 10-21-17, 04:24 AM
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Usually an emboss leveler is used to smooth out the tile before installing vinyl. Sometimes vinyl has he tendency to show the patterns of what lies beneath, thus the use of a compound to smooth everything out.
 
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Old 10-21-17, 06:31 PM
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The vinyl says no underlay needed and can be installed on tile.
is the emboss self leveling?
Can you put an actual rubber underlay or something similar?

This is vinyl plank. Would tile really show through that? It seems pretty tough, don't understand how it could get marked.
 

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Old 10-21-17, 07:07 PM
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Well, have seen vinyl planks that lost their click lock because of an uneven slab with junk that was not properly cleaned, I also have one floor that has seen a tiny pebble protrude through it like it was a boulder. Key to all jobs is the preparation. I go the extreme to make sure nothing can go wrong, but then again, I have to provide a warranty on my work.
 
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I also need to make a transition from the kitchen tile to the bathroom vinyl.
the vinyl will be very slightly higher.
Must I use a transition work a lip that sits under the vinyl plank or can you secure something over the top of both of them?

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If it is floating plank floor, then you have to have something that floats over it or at least allows it to move it if it needs too. Look into vinyl transition pieces, they come in multiple cross sections and one that will surely fit your needs.
 
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When pouring the leveler, I'm going to put a bit of wood on the doorway floor to stop it leaking over into the next room. What's best to put on the walls near baseboard or rather behind baseboard after I remove it?
 
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Also what should I put to protect the walls at the base from the leveler?
 
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I don't believe that an emboss leveler is a self leveling compound, It is something that is troweled on.
 
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What's the benefit of emboss leveler over say a self leveling compound?
 
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Self leveling cement would be perfectly flat, no?
 
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You would think so but the name is deceiving as it really does not self-level, you have to help it quite a bit.
 
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