Flooring and Carpeting Installing ceramic tile floor over vinyl kitchen floor, ceramic tile floor,

Flooring and Carpeting Installing ceramic tile floor over vinyl kitchen floor, ceramic tile floor,

Flooring and Carpeting /Installing ceramic tile floor over vinyl kitchen floor

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Question

We have a 10 x 12′ kitchen floor with vinyl which I would like to cover with ceramic tile.

The floor is over the basement and there is some «give» on the floor boards when walking especially in one section.

My work plan is as follows:

- install 1/4″ cement backer boards on top of existing floor (vinyl covered subfloor) without removing vinyl. Is it ok to put on top of vinyl (really hope I don’t have to remove).

- After installing cement backing boards on top of vinyl using thin-set motar, I plan on screwing the boards to the subfloor using cement board screws (with the ridges under the head for counter sinking).

- apply fiberglass mesh tape to the seams and a coating of thin-set mortar. Then lay tiles.

Does this sound like the right approach ?

Is 1/4″ cement width boards ok to use. I am afraid that 1/2″ cement boards plus width of tiles will lift tile floor too much above the adjacent area.

The kitchen floor buds up to a carpeted area. In fact, the room used to be a large eat-in kitchen which we covered partially with carpet (layed over part of the vinyl floor). This to create the feeling of a dinning area vs a kitchen area. The other part — still vinyl — is the kitchen which now to be covered with tiles.

Is there a good way to make a transition between carpets and tiles. Today there is a metal strip covering the carpet and the vinyl where they meet. Should I use the same metal strip to cover the length where the carpet and tile meet or is there something better to use ?

Thanks.

Answer

Hello, and thank you for contacting The Grout Dye Company in NY

We have a 10 x 12′ kitchen floor with vinyl which I would like to cover with ceramic tile.

The floor is over the basement and there is some «give» on the floor boards when walking especially in one section.

(Your following approach seems very good as long as the vinyl is solid to the floor then you can put concrete 1/4 Hardi backerboard Rhino board. With thinset and screws in the floor.

B. I would be more concerned about the deflection that you mentioned in the subfloor, that will be worse then setting on the vinyl. You will need to secure with screws and possibly shims between the floor joists and the sheathing, to remove as much deflection as possible.

C. Wash vinyl floor with a floor stripper to remove oil, grease and any wax buildup, then rough it up a little with a sander, so that the thinset adheres properly.>

My work plan is as follows:

- Install 1/4″ cement backer boards on top of existing floor (vinyl covered subfloor) without removing vinyl. Is it OK to put on top of vinyl (really hope I don’t have to remove).

- After installing cement backing boards on top of vinyl using thinset mortar, I plan on screwing the boards to the subfloor using cement board screws (with the ridges under the head for counter sinking).

- Apply fiberglass mesh tape to the seams and a coating of thinset mortar. Then lay tiles.

Does this sound like the right approach?

Is 1/4″ cement width boards OK to use? I am afraid that 1/2″ cement boards plus width of tiles will lift tile floor too much above the adjacent area.

The kitchen floor buds up to a carpeted area. In fact, the room used to be a large eat-in kitchen which we covered partially with carpet (laid over part of the vinyl floor). This to create the feeling of a dinning area Vs a kitchen area. The other part — still vinyl — is the kitchen which now to be covered with tiles.

Is there a good way to make a transition between carpets and tiles? Today there is a metal strip covering the carpet and the vinyl where they meet. Should I use the same metal strip to cover the length where the carpet and tile meet or is there something better to use?


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