Can you install ceramic tile over linoleum on a concrete slab?

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Old 03-19-14, 03:01 PM
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Can you install ceramic tile over linoleum on a concrete slab?

I would like to put down ceramic tile in my kitchen and bathrooms. Currently there are 2 layers of existing linoleum over our concrete slab on grade. Is there a way to install the tile without removing the existing linoleum? Perhaps install some cement board over the existing linoleum flooring first?

I feel like the proper way to do this would be to remove the existing flooring with a floor stripper, but I am concerned about the difficulty of this and the possibility of asbestos.

Any help is greatly appreciated!
 
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Your gut feeling is correct. Best would be to remove the linoleum. There are some new tile substrates that you might be able to use to decouple your new tile from the old floor but then I think the build-up in height would be an issue.
 
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How old is the house? I concur, removing all the linoleum/vinyl and its glue is the best way to start fresh.
 
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The home was built in 1965. There are two layers of linoleum and the bottom one certainly looks "original". It's amazing what was in style back then.
 
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What color is the glue under the original layer? Sorry for jabbing you with questions, but there is a reason. 1965 will put you in the possibility of asbestos use (pre 1977), and if it is black glue, the more chance you will have that it is asbestos. Now, asbestos is only dangerous if it is airborne in small particulate matter, so depending on how it is removed is important.
 
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I'll have to check when I am home later tonight. I figure I will probably take a sample to local lab I've used before that only charges $30/sample. I used them for testing our old acoustic (popcorn) ceiling which did come back with asbestos...
 
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Good move. Let us know how things are going and if we can help further.
 
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