Ceramic Tile over existing vinyl


Old 05-08-03, 09:30 PM
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Question Ceramic Tile over existing vinyl

I've had good luck installing ceramic tile in several rooms of our home. My next plan is to install in a large area of our basement. this area wasn't used much and has old (30-40 yrs) vinyl tile that is firmly in place over a concrete floor. Is it alright to mortar and tile over this? do I need to scuff the old tile? The old tile is flat with a fine swirley groove pattern and as old is it is I wonder if it contains asbestos. This question has probably asked many times and I apologize in advance but I'm a new user. Thanks, jim
Old 05-09-03, 09:46 AM
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generaly no it is not recomended. if it is asbestos do not sand it.if the current floor is not a cusioned back you might get away with it. I would also incorporate a membrane ie;nobleseal cis or ditra
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Old 05-11-03, 11:34 AM
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easy way to tell if this is v.a.t or not is it 9x9 tile?if so it isasbestoes tile the glue under it black?also abestoes.If the tile is v.a.t.[vinyl asbestoes tile]the it more than likely is not stuck real well and not suitable to tile over.You are allowed a certain amount of asbestoes waste and it varies from area to area you need to check with building code enforcement people in you're area and see what you are allowed to do.

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