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Flooring on top of existing tile

I tore up my carpet from my basement and there was tile underneath.  Can I have home depot come in and either put new carpet over the top or the grip strip flooring on top of that?Or do I need to rip up all of the tile first?   If so how can I get someone to come out and do that?
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Posted 2016-01-27T22:47:26+0000  by demmer demmer

Hello demmer,

Thanks for your question and welcome to the community.

Depending on the if the tile is damaged and unlevel will determine if it can be removed. 

Since your local Home Depot deals with local 3rd party installers; some installers will want you to remove the tile first. However, since the new floors you want are fairly straight-forward in their installations (carpet or plank vinyl flooring), some installers don't require any removal.

I will say though throughout years of seeing the installation process, it's easier in the long run to remove the existing tile flooring, since it won't raise the floor itself any higher than it already is. Plus, at this stage you can view (if there's any) bad spots or areas of the subfloor underneath that need to be repaired.

The subfloor reason is the main sticking point to why a majority of pro installers (us) will advise you to remove the existing tile first. A lot of fly-by-night installers can and will install, but you run the risk of elevating your floors (meaning you will need to still remove trim and possibly adjust the height of doors) and not addressing any subfloor issues.

Bottom line, you are at a crossroads for if you want to remove the existing tile if it's in good solid shape. Personally, I would commit to removing the tiles so that the floor won't be raised too high and you can spot (if any) subfloor issues.

Depending on where you live, The Home Depot has a conctractor services called RedBeacon that can remove the tiles for you. And by tiles, I'm assuming you mean ceramic/porcelain/stone based tiles, and not vinyl .

For any floors that are 35 years or older, you'll most likely encounter asbestos in the tile and/or adhesive if its vinyl based. Then you'll need to hire an abatement company who can safely remove it for you, as asbestos particles are extremely harmful to you and anyone who breathes it if airborne.

If Redbeacon isn't in your area, and your tiles aren't vinyl based, then you can always opt for a general contractor in your area who can remove the tiles for you. Once the subfloor is clean, level, and secure, then any new flooring can over it without a hitch.

This is one of those situations where if you are still unsure about the removal, contact your local Home Depot store's flooring specialist and/or flooring expediter, and they can get in touch with the flooring installer for a final say in if you need to remove the tiles.

Let us know if you have any further questions.


Posted 2016-01-27T23:21:26+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
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