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can you set new tiles on top of old tiles

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Posted 2014-02-02T02:23:57+0000  by bernaguvenc bernaguvenc
 

Ceramic tiles?  No.  Pull up the old ones, put down a suitable substrate like a cement backer board and install the new tile.

 

Vinyl can go over vinyl assuming the old stuff is in good shape and well adhered.

Posted 2014-02-02T13:40:59+0000  by Adam444

Hey bernaguvenc,

 

Thanks for your question and welcome to the community!

 

You CAN set new tiles on top of an existing tile floor ONLY if you are certain that the existing tiles are firmly secured to the subfloor and are level, and that they are rated to be covered with a specific tile.

 

Almost any thin-set mortar out there today can and will successfully bond to it. There are exceptions, such as glossier tiles, for example.

 

Also, you didn't say whether this was going on a floor or wall for installation...this can mean a big difference for both areas. For example, higher floors due to new tiles will require new room transitions strips. You most likely will need longer screws for your wall plates if they are going over existing wall tiles.

 

Since you didn't say if they were ceramic, stone, porcelain, vinyl.....it will take you telling us what you have in order for you to do this correctly. For example, I wouldn't suggest installing ceramic over vinyl but the opposite can be achieved.

 

Let us know what you have now, and what you want to replace it with....then we can go from there.

 

Keep us updated,

Joseph

Posted 2014-02-05T13:46:51+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
 
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