Installing Tile over Tile
Tiling and How to Tile over Tile
By Mark J. Donovan
Installing tile over tile can be
done, however there are a few things you must first consider, and do, prior to
installing tile over tile.
Though tiling over tile can be
done, a homeowner should first consider the aesthetics of doing so. Tiling over
Tile will raise the height of the floor by 1/4" to 1/2" higher, pending the tile
that is used. Existing cabinets, toilets, bathtubs and other existing permanent
fixtures may look swallowed up or sunken in, unless these fixtures are not first
removed prior to installing the new tile.
In addition, doors and baseboard trim may need
to be modified to accommodate the new floor height.
After the aesthetic considerations have been
made, the next step is to ensure that the existing tile is solid and level.
There can be no loose tiles or grout with the original tile layer. If there is,
remove the loose grout and re-attach the original loose tiles with mastic to the
Prepping for Installing Tile over Tile
Next, thoroughly wash the existing tile layer
to remove any dirt, oil or wax that may have built up. This is critical to
ensure that the new tile will bond well to the original tile layer.
After the tile has been thoroughly washed, you will
next need to rough up the surface
of the original tile with some very coarse sand paper. Employing the use of a
belt sander, such as the
Porter-Cable 371K 2 1/2 by 14-Inch Compact Belt Sander Kit, could be very helpful with this task. The purpose of sanding the
existing tile is to rough up its surface so that the new
tile will bond well to the original tile.
Finally, use a bonding product like Flexbond,
or a Portland cement mortar to
apply the new tile to the original tile. You should, however, check with the
tile manufacturer for the appropriate bonding product to use with the new tile
you have selected.
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