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Old 02-18-2013, 02:50 PM   #1
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I am sure this is a silly question, but here it goes. Is it OK to tile over linoleum? Will be tiling our kitchen and was wondering if we really need to try and remove the linoleum or can we tile over it. Thought about putting down some type of concrete board but that will make the floor a lot higher than the floor from hallway. Right now the linoleum is stuck to floor well and not coming up anywhere that I can see. If it was would defiantly remove. Will be putting down ceramic or porcelain tile (wife bought tile and I can't remember which it was).

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if it has lineoleum it probably has 1/4 underlayment under it which needs to come up.

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I am sure this is a silly question, but here it goes. Is it OK to tile over linoleum? Will be tiling our kitchen and was wondering if we really need to try and remove the linoleum or can we tile over it. Thought about putting down some type of concrete board but that will make the floor a lot higher than the floor from hallway. Right now the linoleum is stuck to floor well and not coming up anywhere that I can see. If it was would defiantly remove. Will be putting down ceramic or porcelain tile (wife bought tile and I can't remember which it was).

Thanks for the help.
The guys on here will want to know how thick your subfloor is as well as what your substrate is being help up with ect joist size and span. You need a approved substate for tile before you tile.

Aslo yes take the 1/4" out with the linoleum attached you will kill 2 birds on stone that way.
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Not sure what is under the linoleum. House is only about 12 years old so joist span would be code and I think they used engineered joists.

Sounds like should take up though.
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Not sure what is under the linoleum. House is only about 12 years old so joist span would be code and I think they used engineered joists.

Sounds like should take up though.
Yeah it would be built to code to be able to walk on and carry weight but tile requires less deflection.... (up and Down movement) for example your joists could be 24" apart instead of 16 on center, so there would be 2 different attack methods.
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