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Old 03-03-2018, 05:36 PM   #1
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Laminate over ceramic?


We're buying a condo as second home (our offer was accepted today!) and have a list of upgrades/improvements we plan to make before occupying. The condo has ceramic throughout the first floor (den/dining/kitchen/utility/bath). My wife wants to cover the ceramic in the den/dining area with laminate (about 300 sq ft). Assuming the tile is in good shape and uniformly level (which it is), is there any problem in doing this? I refuse to tear the tile up (personally, I like it) so this is a compromise
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I see a whole lot of issues with her idea.
#1, Laminate lowers the value of the whole unit.
#2, All the grout lines would need to be filled with embossing filler to level it out.
#3, There's going to be a big height difference between the floors if your not willing to remove the tile floor forming a trip hazard.
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Sorta agree with Joe... especially in regard to you'll likely encounter some custom "transition" work with the raised floor....maybe not a big issue and a couple of sloped transitions.

If reasonably flat (in plane) and you are using a good laminate click-lock (maybe 1/2" and at least 3/8 +) I think you can float it with a good padding/membrane.

I'm not sure at all that a laminate devalues a home versus tile at all... maybe just the opposite, depending on your local and home and market, and ultimately the tastes of a future buyer.

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OK, thanks for the replies. If I fill the grout lines to level the surface and later decide to remove the laminate, what would I have to do to remove the fill?

FWIW, I have several pieces of lam flooring (with padding attached) left over from previous projects, so I assembled and laid those in a room at our house that has similar tiles (12" square, 1/4" grout lines). In walking back and forth over that flooring, I honestly could not detect the grout lines.
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Personally I'm not convinced you need to fill the grout lines if you go with the thicker underlayment. Most grout lines are 3/16" or less and don't pose any serious issues in my mind.

Read the data sheet for the brand you are buying and perhaps email the mfg.
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