Porcelain Tile Over "Pergo"

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Old 12-12-09, 03:13 PM
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Porcelain Tile Over "Pergo"

I realize that tiling over a "floating" floor system is a no-no, but is it possible to do so by screwing the Pergo flooring to the subfloor, thus eliminating its float? Seems like a real chore to pull up the old floor and put down a substrate when there is one already there. Thanks.
 
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Old 12-12-09, 04:01 PM
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That would not be something I would recommend for several reasons. 1. It is so easy to remove a laminate floor, why would you leave it down?? 2. It will raise the surrounding doorways by the tile thickness+. 3. Why would you even consider that???
 
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Old 12-13-09, 08:02 AM
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Like the others have said, the pergo has to go. Doing as you suggest will only result in failure. Remove the pergo and let us know what you have for a subfloor. From there, we can advise on how you should proceed.
 
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Old 12-13-09, 11:42 AM
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You do not need 1/2" backer, 1/4" is made esp. for floors. You could also use a membrane such as Ditra or one of Noble's instead. Once the Pergo is at the curb, we need to know about the subfloor.

And, was that a typo or did someone mention "pre-mixed" thin set mortar? Pre-mixed thin set mortar works best when it collects dust on the store's shelves!

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I recently watched an episode of Hometime. They had a pro come in and do bathroom tile. He used pre mixed. TOH used to
have a tile pro that appeared regularly. I think he has since passed away. I saw him use pre mix in a couple of episodes. I've also seen them use thinset on both these shows.

I'm not a pro, but I have tiled three bathrooms, a kitchen and a hallway. I have also tiled countertops and backsplashes. I used pre mix on each one. The kitchen tile lasted a dozen years before I replaced it during a reno. One of the baths is 20years old, the hallway is nearly 20 and the other bathroom floors are 5 and 10 years old. None of the tiles cracked. I have had zero problems with any of the tile jobs.

I guess I'm just lucky.
 
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Old 12-14-09, 10:20 AM
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Thanks for all the help and suggestions posted. I realize the experts in these forums have real jobs, and the time they take to help us less knowledgeable amateurs is appreciated. From those posts I know now that laminate floor cannot be used as a substrate, but it did not seem to be an unreasonable question to pose. Pergo is up, floor clean, picking up the backer board today. Thanks again.
 
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