Floor leveling help


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Old 01-11-23, 07:24 PM
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Floor leveling help

I have an old fireplace in my house that is no longer used, it's decorative only. I'd like to cover the ugly old hearth tile with new vinyl peel and stick tile. The original tile is slightly uneven with a few small high spots and of course the grout lines are a tad lower than the tiles. How can I level this properly before installing the peel and stick tile?
 
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Old 01-11-23, 11:58 PM
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Peel and stick is not really a good product to begin with and when used should be on flat horizontal surfaces. Best option would be to remove and replace the existing tile with similar material for a much longer life.
 
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Peel and stick may be OK for a backsplash where it almost never gets touched. With a floor you need to properly mortar tiles in place. Best would be to remove the old tile and install the new.

If you are still going to do peel and stick you can grind down the high spots. Whether or not the recessed grout joints will cause a problem depends on the new tile you choose. Avoid small tiles (which is what most peel and sticks are) because they can't bridge gaps like a large tile can.
 
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Thanks for the reply! For the hearth, I did consider the permanency of peel and stick tiles, but because it's on the hearth, nobody ever actually walks on it. In fact, It's never touched at all. So I figured peel and stick would be okay in this case. The tiles are 12 x 12. I can grind down the high spots and I was planning on using an adhesive primer to help them stick better. Do you think 12 x 12 is a good size or should use something like this to fill in the grout lines: Patch and Level? Or I could just add more grout to bring it flush with the tiles.
 
 

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