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Old 03-10-2013, 04:22 PM   #1
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Floating engineered wood floor over ceramic tile


Our entire first floor has a ceramic tile floor that I hate. I want to cover most of it with a floating wood floor but I'm nervous about proper installation. My main concerns/questions are:
--can we apply a floating engineered wood floor over the tile but attach transition pieces where the tile continues into the kitchen and bathroom? In other words, I don't want to cover the tile in those two rooms, only in the living room and dining room.
--1 tile is missing when we cut it out to see how easy removal might be. It was terrible, so we're not going to remove the rest of the tile. Can we fill the missing space with leveling compound?
--finally, what do we do with installing the floating floorings next to baseboard heaters? There's not enough of a gap to fit the flooring underneath.

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Best plan is to get rid of the tile.
A rotery hammer will make quick work of it.


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A question or two--is the tile installed over a concrete floor or wood frame floor?

How many radiators are affected?

Are the covers steel or cast iron?

In a nut shell--yes, you can install a floating floor over tile----the missing tile spaces can be filled with vinyl patching cement-----transitions can be screwed or glued to the tile---

The radiators are the hang up-----Mike-----
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A question or two--is the tile installed over a concrete floor or wood frame floor?

How many radiators are affected?

Are the covers steel or cast iron?

In a nut shell--yes, you can install a floating floor over tile----the missing tile spaces can be filled with vinyl patching cement-----transitions can be screwed or glued to the tile---

The radiators are the hang up-----Mike-----
Hi,
The tile is set on "wonder board" which is on top of plywood that is screwed into the wood plank subfloor. It was awful pulling just one tile up - so removing them all is not an option for us.
3 radiators would be affected.
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Tell me about the radiators--are they the common painted steel?

How thick is the flooring you would like to install?

The common steel radiator covers are not difficult to remove and raise a bit----

If you can remove a front cover you will see a cheap steel 'shelf bracket' thing that holds up the copper fin tube---

This will need to be removed--they pop out of slots in the back of the wall pan--then the wall pan is removed by removing the screws or nails that hold it to the drywall.

You will need to support the copper fin tube after you remove the pans----

If they are ugly (mine sure are) new ones can be purchased at a local heating supply house---

Some modification of the brackets might be needed to mount them lower in the pan----

Pictures will help---

Demoing tile over cement backer is a messy job---if you don't mind the extra height---you are good.

Do look at those radiators and make sure the tile setter did not bury the bottom of the pan---

If so---the work just got harder.
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Hi,
I tried to attach an image of the radiator - hopefully it worked. I'm nervous about removal so my thought was to leave a 1/2 gap between the heater and the flooring. Then, glue quarter round onto the edge of the floor as a kind of border (between the floor and heater). Would that work?
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Those look like electric heaters-----I assumed hot water----that might be rather simple to raise---let me know----
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Yes. Definitely electric.
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Those might be very simple to lift up to the new floor height---
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Those might be very simple to lift up to the new floor height---

Wondering if you covered the tile with floating floor. if so how did it come out. Want to do that in my home because the demo of the tile is out of the question.
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Those heater should be a total nonissue!
Super simple to remove them, install the floor and reconnect.
No way would I willingly install engineered flooring over tile.
That's going to have to be going to effect door openings, base boards ECT.

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