How to Install Tiles over Formica

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Butcher paper
Replacement tiles
Grout sealer
Waterproof membrane
Tiling knife or blade

The installation of tiles over Formica is not a difficult tiling job to accomplish. This task can be done relatively simply and quickly with some materials and adherence to the following steps for accomplishing the task.

Step 1: Clear the Formica Tile Surface

Clear the surface where the old Formica tile is in order to make way for the new replacement tiles. You need to sweep or clean the area thoroughly in order to remove any dirt or debris that has accumulated and give you a clean area in which to work.

Step 2: Measure the Area

Take a measuring tape and take measurements of the area in which the new replacement tiles will be laid over the Formica. Once you are sure about the measurements, lay a piece of butcher paper over the Formica and create a design template. The template will be helpful for getting the new tile and making sure that they fit according to any design or pattern that you have in mind.

Step 3: Purchase Replacement Tiles

Go to a home improvement center or carpet and tile store and order or purchase the tiles needed for your project. Use both the dimensions you took with the measuring tape and the template for obtaining the replacement tiles. It is a good idea to lay the tiles out on the template – dry fitting – in order to get a sense of what they will look like when laid out.

Step 4: Rough the Formica Up

Use a grinder or sandpaper to rough the top of the Formica tile surface up. This step is necessary in order to get the thinset to adhere for the new replacement tiles to be set in place. Scar the entire Formica tile surface with the grinder or sandpaper before proceeding to the next step.

Step 5: Lay Waterproof Membrane

Cut to size a waterproof fabric membrane to be laid over the Formica tile. The membrane is needed to prevent any water damage from occurring underneath the Formica tile, since it will now be covered up and you have scared it, making it vulnerable to water damage.

Step 6: Spread Thinset

Thinset, which is a type of grout material used for tiles, should be spread over the membrane and Formica tile, using a tile knife or blade. Spread the thinset consistently, covering the entire surface. This is necessary in order to set the new tiles in place properly.

Step 7: Lay the Tiles

After applying the thinset, set the new replacement tiles in place. Use spacers to keep you pattern uniform. Excess thinset can be wiped away using a rag and water. Once all of the tiles have been set in place according to design, allow the tiles to dry overnight.

When the tiles have dried, apply a grout sealer over the top.