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Hello- we are installing wood look tile (Redwood Natural 6x24).  We have a concrete slab and wood laminate that has been heavily glued down.  It is smooth and flat with no bumps or ridges and 7 years old.  It appears the removal process will be brutal.  What other options do we have to apply tile directly over?  We have very high ceilings so increasing floor height slightly would not be an issue.  Thank you!
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Posted 2019-01-05T13:09:16+0000  by MichelleSC MichelleSC
The best course of action would probably be to remove the laminate flooring, which isn't entirely a bad thing because it will give you an opportunity to inspect the slab for cracking.  It might be possible to put down a layer of cement board over the laminate but screwing it down would be very time consuming and expensive.  If one of the Home Depot folks doesn't have a recommendation, I might suggest asking on the John Bridge forums (Google it, it's pretty much the tile center of the Internet).

Understand that the larger the tile, the flatter the substrate needs to be.  So that's something you want to pay special attention to.  With that said, I personally think that the longer the tile, the more it looks like real wood.  I would be looking at 36" tiles and narrow grout lines.
Posted 2019-01-05T23:13:16+0000  by Adam444

Hey MichelleSC,

Thanks for joining us here on the community.

It sounds like you have a glued-down engineered flooring, as true laminate flooring systems float without any use of adhesives underneath the planks.

If this is a true glued down wood based floor and you really are set on placing porcelain tile there, you'll have to remove the planks; there's really no way around that. 

Mainly for the reason that any new flooring (tile) would have water in its adhesives (mastic and mortar mixes) that would eventually seep into the wood planks, allowing them to eventually rot and disintegrate. That, and wood is not a completely solid base to place any type of tile down, which would lead to cracks and failure after installation over it. 

While removal would be a very lengthy process, for any ceramic, porcelain, or natural stone tiles, taking the existing wood flooring would be the best option for you in the short and long run.

Although you may have your heart set on the wood look tile, you can also opt for a much simpler option in vinyl planks.

They are very thin, can easily be installed over an existing wood floor like yours, many options have a wood grain look, and require no glue in case you need to eventually remove any planks if needed. I strongly suggest this because our LifeProof line of options give you a lifetime warranty on their flooring systems, and can last usually as long as you own your home.

In other words, you can get a new floor, but with a floating vinyl plank system, you can have it installed easier and for less labor and time costs due to how simple it is to put down. 

Check out some samples of it online and at your local Home Depot by LifeProof, it really is the best option to have without tearing out your existing flooring.

Let us know if you have any further questions,


Posted 2019-01-07T15:35:56+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
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