Laying Tile over Linoleum Flooring
Installing Tile over Linoleum
is possible with proper Site Preparation
By: Mark J. Donovan
years ago I needed to make some
improvements in my Bathroom, including replacing the linoleum flooring with
ceramic tile. Originally my wife
had suggested the idea of installing ceramic tile in the bathroom, however, I
was concerned on having to install an underlayment
(such as 1/4" plywood) as well as the ceramic tile. Trying to cut all the jogs
around the cabinet, closet, toilet and tub would have been extremely difficult.
In addition, I was concerned about raising the bathroom floor 1/2 inch in
After a little investigation, I found to my surprise that
laying tile over linoleum is possible. It turns out that installing ceramic tile over Linoleum, as long as you prepare the Linoleum floor first, and as long as
the subfloor underneath the linoleum is stable.
Site for Laying Tile over Linoleum
To prepare laying tile over linoleum you
first need to sink 1" to 1.5" screws or ring nails about 6 inches apart
into the Linoleum to stabilize the surface for the tile. Nails should be
on 6" centers from one another.
Once you have sunk in the screws / nails
into the linoleum you are ready to lay tile over linoleum.
To do so, use a standard mastic to secure
the ceramic tile to the linoleum. Its that simple and my ceramic tile floor has
stood the test of time. To date I have had no problems with loose or cracking
tiles or grout.
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