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Old 12-11-2007, 09:08 PM   #1
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We have 1X1 inch tiles on our bathroom floor.
Circa 1969.
My Spouse plans to put laminate tiles over this concrete tile.
I was under the assumption that this old tile must be removed down to the concrete slab, before laying down
any new flooring.

Are there any initial steps (grinding/sanding etc) I should learn about before he begins?

Thank you in advance.

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I'm not a pro tile man, but until one comes along, you can get some great info from John Bridge's tiling website at http://www.johnbridge.com/
Good Luck!
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Personally, I'd never place a new floor over the top of something like ceramic tile. Especially ones from 1969.
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What do you mean by laminate tiles?
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What do you mean by laminate tiles?

Here is a link to a description:

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...cStoreNum=8125

I still think the existing tile will need to be removed.
Would Pergo work over tile?
My Spouse seems to think it would be too hard to
install Pergo around the toilet because of the difficulty
of cutting the wood to fit around the base.

Just trying to avoid removing the tile. I think that would be too big of a job and we only have 1 bathroom with a shower.

I thought of carpeting, does anyone think that would be a good idea??
We could get a thick floor rug to lay over the carpet when we come out of the shower...
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I just finished replacing all of the tile from the downstairs powder room -- it really isn't too bad. Get a heavy hammer and go after it. I'm always a fan of removing the existing flooring before adding more.

Funny side story to this -- after pounding away at the old floor with a hammer and replacing it with new travertine I was putting up wall hangings. My 2 year-old saw the hammer on the floor and .... started pounding away on the new travertine . Fortunately, I grabbed the hammer before she did any damage. She knew just what to do with a hammer and floor tile

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You should be able to use a small jack hammer style tool with a wide flat blade. You go under the tile with this tool and the tiles should break free.


If it is a smaller bathroom then a wide chisel and hammer should help "pop" up the tile.

The first few tiles that you remove should tell if it will be a easy task.
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One bathroom....Guy in the house...Thick carpet...Nuff said
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One bathroom....Guy in the house...Thick carpet...Nuff said

thought of carpeting, does anyone think that would be a good idea??
We could get a thick floor rug to lay over the carpet when we come out of the shower...

Any thoughts on this?


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A carpeted bathroom is a terrible idea in my opinion. Bathrooms should be easy to clean.

Pergo would be no harder to install around the toilet than the laminate that you posted a link to. They're basically the same type of product. They're a plastic laminate that snaps together and floats over the old floor.

With any floor you're going to remove the toilet. Leave a gap around the toilet flange, and then reinstall the toilet. The flooring can be pretty sloppy around the flange, since the base of the toilet covers a fair amount of floor around the flange.
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A carpeted bathroom is a terrible idea in my opinion. Bathrooms should be easy to clean.

Pergo would be no harder to install around the toilet than the laminate that you posted a link to. They're basically the same type of product. They're a plastic laminate that snaps together and floats over the old floor.

With any floor you're going to remove the toilet. Leave a gap around the toilet flange, and then reinstall the toilet. The flooring can be pretty sloppy around the flange, since the base of the toilet covers a fair amount of floor around the flange.
Thank you for the insight. I had a feeling Pergo would work, since an underlayment is placed between the old floor and new Pergo.
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Personally I'd be worried about using any floating type floor in a bathroom, because of the possibility of getting moisture under the floor, which seems inevitable to me.

Tile is my choice, but the speed of a floating laminate is certainly attractive.

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