vinyl flooring over tile

Old 06-09-03, 10:58 AM
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vinyl flooring over tile

We have old ceramic tile in our kitchen which is next to impossible to keep clean. I am considering replacing the tile with vinyl flooring. Can vinyl flooring be installed directly over the tile? If so what type of underlayment would be needed? I have read that a coat of embossed leveler can be used as an underlayment to smooth out the floor. Is anyone familiar with such a product and could it be used successfuly to smooth out the tile? Thanks

Old 06-09-03, 03:37 PM
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Yes it can be done.
You may need to etch and certainly prime the ceramic before embossing.

I would use Ardex SD-F

Or Mapei Plani-patch with latex additive.
Old 06-12-03, 04:51 PM
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i dont beleive you will be able to get that floor flat and smoth eneough to get the vinyl to look right try to get that tile off the floor and start over you'll like the results a lot better that if you were ti try to emboss the tile and go over it
Old 06-17-03, 06:34 AM
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additional vinly flooring question

If I chose to remove the existing tile prior to installing the vinyl flooring, what is the best/easiest way to remove the existing tile?

Also, the ceramic tile extends under our gas stove. I am not thrilled about the idea of unhooking the gas, would it be a hassle to just pull out the gas stove enough to remove the tile and put down new underlayment and vinyl flooring?

Speaking of underlayment, what would be a good one to use, 1/4" OSB plywood?

Thanks in advance for the help.
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I think 1/4"luan makes for anice looking job. Good luck Bill
Old 06-19-03, 05:22 PM
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i'm afraid you would have to pull out the stove and unhook the gas you can cap off the pipe make sure you use dope around the threads of the pipe though.Depending on how good the tile is stuck it may come up easily,usually the longer it's down the easier it is to get up

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