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Flooring. Laminate over tiles?

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by RM1827, 21st Nov, 2015.

  1. RM1827

    RM1827 Well-Known Member

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    Hi,

    Has anyone ever attempted to lay laminate/vynil planks/etc over tiles? Would it be cheaper to remove the tiles first? Is it recommended or more like 'don't go there'?

    Thank you in advance for any suggestion.
     
  2. Nick Valsamis

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    Definitely won't be cheaper to remove tiles than just going over them.

    I guess it depends on what you want to achieve by doing this?
     
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    RM1827 Well-Known Member

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    It is for my IP. Flooring is tiles right now and although the property look ok I would like, in future, to bring the property more align with the suburb and make it more appealing for rent. I think new flooring and update of kitchen it is what needs to be done for the time being...
     
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    Laminate would probably be the cheapest option to make it look better, but also feels cheaper in that sense compared with tiles.

    Post a picture of the tiles, I'm interested to see what it looks like.
     
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    Times look good and suit the style. Why spend on this?
     
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    It doesn't show in the picture but they are the typical tiles where you can easily see the dirt between tiles..
     
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    Grout colourant, make the grout dark grey so you can't see the dirt
     
  9. RM1827

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    Yes maybe I don't need to.. It just feel the whole look average.. I thought that if I am doing the kitchen better get the floor at the same time? How much would it cost to put other floor on top of it? roughly of course...is there any issues I might be missing?
     
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    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    Yes you can go over tiles with vinyl planking, but you need to prepare the tiles first with ardit/grinding to level and also a screed to fill the grout lines to stop plank from sagging
     
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    I think the tiles look good, perhaps re grout a different colour. I'd be spending the money on the kitchen before the floor

    Couldn't you use a thicker underlay to take up the gaps and grout lines?
     
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    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    Vinyl planking doesnt use underlay. Thats its advantage for going over tiles, its 3-4mm thick and so does not reduce head height noticeably compared to putting 10-12mm of underlay and floating laminate floor over
     
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    Ah yes of course. Yeah bit of work in prep then which would eat up the money saved using vinyl in the first place
     
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    No problems putting vinyl on top of tiles, we've done it in the PPOR - tiles actually provide a pretty flat surface already but yes it needs to be prepped like Dave said. Definitely A LOT less work than removing tiles.

    The question of whether you should change them is different: for an ip, tiles are a really good low maintenance option. Perhaps consider the grout colouring? From your photo they look ok, the kitchen needs a refreshment though. Maybe do the kitchen first and see how it looks then?
     
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    I would get the tiles professionally cleaned and have the grout fixed up. Better off spending the money somewhere else for sure like in the Kitchen and Bathrooms.
     
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    I'd definitely be keeping the tiles
     
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    The whole place looks great. I wouldn't cover the tiles either - maybe go the new grout route.
     
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    Thank you for the feedback guys. Very good suggestions. I am learning as I read:p.


    I didn't understand this..Does this mean that it won't be too thick? Are all Vynil planks 3-4mm or do they differ? I am embarrassed to ask maybe simple questions :oops:

    This actually make sense I might change idea once I do the kitchen. The cabinets in the kitchen don't have the standard depth so I will need to replace it entirely... I think a flat pack would do the job or maybe IKEA??, nice fittings and a exhaust fan. I am not sure about costs though.. I am very new in all those things. I would say my budget for the kitchen is 6000 with instalation, is this achievable or I would need to DIY?

    Thanks
     
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    Do you mean vinyl planks? Or get mixed up like me thinking floating floor laminate? That's 12mm
     
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    Vinyl planks