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FlyingHammer 12-25-2012 12:38 PM

Ceramic tile over vinyl?
Is it necessary to remove the existing vinyl flooring before I tile my kitchen? The house is built on a concrete slab. The vinyl appears to be original from 1993, and is tightly adhered. My first instinct is to scrape it all off, but then I got to wondering if it's really necessary. Seems like it would act something like Ditra if I just left it in place. Has anyone done this?

oh'mike 12-25-2012 03:09 PM

Tile can be set over sheet goods--if the sheet goods are well stuck--are NOT a padded style--

And you can accept the fact that the tile will not be bonded as well as it would be over concrete or Ditra.

Use a modified thinset that is warrantied for use over sheet vynal or mix your own using unmodified mixed with liquid latex----

It is done frequently ----but there is an added risk of failure---

poppameth 12-26-2012 05:45 AM

Yep can be done, but you are better off removing it completely. If you do leave it, use Ditra. There is an approved installation method for Ditra over vinyl.

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