Can Laminate or Hybrid Flooring be Installed Over Tiles?

To many people, the idea of installing laminate or hybrid flooring over existing tile seems like a great idea. They often think that it is an easy way to get new flooring without having to spend lots of money on removing and disposing of the old flooring. But is it a good idea to do it?

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Tile Prep vs Removal: Which is More Cost-Effective?

While many people will tell you that removing the existing tile is the only way to go about installing new flooring, there are actually other options available. One of these alternatives involves resurfacing or re-sealing your existing tile first before laying down the new flooring.

It’s a less expensive option because it doesn’t involve any removal or disposal and the hassles that come along with it. However, it does have its limitations. Resurfacing your existing tile may not be a viable option if you have significant grout lines or an uneven surface that is not easily evened out.

Read the Manufacturer Warranty Fine Print First

The short answer is yes, you can install laminate or hybrid flooring over existing tile. However, the existing tile must meet certain criteria such as being within the manufacturer’s required tolerance and completely flat. Otherwise, you run the risk of voiding the new floor’s warranty.

For example, some hybrid manufacturers require that grout lines can be no larger than 2mm in width and depth. Given this requirement for precision when laying down the new flooring – if there are any imperfections in the floor or grout lines that are outside the 2mm tolerance, then the installer will need to do some preparation first. This includes any necessary filling or removal of some existing tile before the new flooring can be installed. However, not all manufacturers require this level of precision.

Installation Requirements Can Differ for Different Types of Tile

Some types of tiles have edges that can damage laminate or hybrid overlay. These may include mosaics and other types of handmade tiles. These should be dealt with first as they can cause the laminate or hybrid overlay to come loose over time due to normal wear and tear.

The installer may recommend a variety of strategies to address issues with tiles before laying the new floor. He might advise you to remove the tile, fill the grout lines with epoxy, or simply sand down the edges. Each situation will be different depending on the type of tile that is there.

Conclusion

Laminate or hybrid flooring can be installed over your existing tile, but it needs to meet certain criteria. Your installer’s main consideration is what types of tiles are in place and how best to address the issues with each material. Doing this correctly will ensure that you end up with a smooth surface on which to lay down the new laminate or hybrid flooring that will last for years to come.

In addition to checking out what is written on a warranty about before- and after-installation requirements (which can vary from one company to another), always talk to an installer beforehand so they can answer any questions you might have. The more informed decision you make about whether or not installing laminate or hybrid flooring over existing tile is right for you, the better for you & your new flooring in the long run.

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