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I have a 40yr old linoleum floor and want to tile over it. A tile shop has told me to just sand the floor to ruff it up and then tile over it without backer board. Will this really work? Also I have an area in the laundry room where the sub floor was replaced, but doesn't have an linoleum in that place and the surface is has 2 different thickness. This same tile shop told me to buy leveling compound to even out the floor and then tile. Is this information correct?
You want to take that floor down to the subfloor, and rebuild from there. Some will tell you to install cement board right over the vinyl, but I don't agree with that, especially with older floors. No matter WHAT you do, I certainly wouldn't go directly over vinyl, and especially filling holes with self leveling compound-- you you have two different substrates, each with their own rate of expansion and contraction. You can bet that floor would be a goner before spring was over.
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Posts: 135 | Location: Bridgton, Maine | Registered: 18 August 2006
What Randy (and maybe ss) are calling "linoleum" is actually vinyl flooring, which often contained asbestos (until about 15 years ago, I believe). Linoleum is actually an older flooring product made of wood dust, linseed oil, jute and other natural materials. Because linoleum is being manufactured again, I think it's important to use the proper terms. True linoleum does not contain asbestos.
My linoluem was indeed tiled over and I have had no problem what so ever with it. You will have to either use the leveling medium to make the floors the same hieght or put plywood in the area where it doesnt match. Depending on the difference in the height. When using plywood you need it nailed every 4" to 6" so it will hold. my tile has been down over the linoleum for 15 years with no problems. However the linoleum was glued down extremely well prior to laying the tile.
On the topic of removing Lino before tiling, I will be doing a kitchen floor and partial hallway. Is it possible to just remove the old Lino or will the subfloor (plywood or MDF) come up with it? How long does it take to remove the lino with the suggested tool rental? The space I am flooring is about 2000sq ft. Thanks so much! CB