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Old 01-18-2011, 01:23 PM   #1
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Laminate flooring over ceramic tile?


Did a bit of searching but didn't find this exact scenario. We have a finished basement in our 50-year-old split level, and the previous owner tiled the entire thing. I'm not a huge fan of tile in general, and we'd like to make the lower living area our kids' playroom (4yo and twins due in April). Don't really want them playing on hard tile. Would like to cover with laminate flooring, which I've installed several times. Never done it over tile, though. I believe it can be done, but I'm worried about uneven tiles. The previous owner did a hack job on many projects, including the tile. Several are loose. Would it be prudent of me to tear these tiles up and re-set them prior to laying the laminate? Or will I not even notice?

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If the floor isn't flat, laminate at the least will be noisy, at the worst, it will fail.

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Have you ever thought about a floating cork floor. It has many patterns and is very tough. It would be soft on the kids, also. I would reset the loose tile and put a layer of 1/4 inch sheet cork over the tile before installing any floating floor. You can use any floating floor over the 1/4 inch cork. Unless it is very uneven this should make up for any unlevel area. You can research one product called Amcork. There are many other different cork manufacturers.

http://www.amcork.com/flooring_list.asp

P.S. You will have to contact them for the 1/4 inch roll cork.
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So wait, is the cork just an underlayment for the laminate flooring, or can it be used as flooring itself?

I'll look into it either way, although my favorite thing about laminate is how inexpensive it is.
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Go to the link in my previous post. They sell cork flooring. The sheet cork can be used under any laminate instead of the foam.
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