How to Lay Laminate Wood Flooring Over Tile

If you want a fresh new look to your room then consider laying laminate wood flooring. If you already have tile, it's not as difficult as you might believe. You don't have to tear out the tile, but you still have to take precaution that it's level. You can lay laminate wood flooring over tile with a few tools and patience.

Make your floor a star

Step 1

Allow the flooring to acclimate to the room temperature and humidity at least 48 hours before installation. Set out the laminate flooring but make sure the boxes remain unopened. Heat the room to a temperature between 65 and 85 degrees. If the room is above 65 percent humidity or below 45 percent use a humidifier or dehumidifier to adjust it. Don't stack the boxes any higher than a pile of three and keep at least 4 inches of space around them for good airflow. Keep the boxes out of direct sunlight and away from heat ducts.

Step 2

Take off the molding. Leave the baseboard up. Check the tiling to make sure that it's clean and level. If its not use floor leveling cement to adjust. Undercut the door frames so the frame is 1/4 inch higher than the installed flooring. Roll out the foam underlayment. Don't allow the edges to overlap when you cut the underlayment to fit the size of the room. Each manufacturer provides installation instructions for the underlayment. Follow them closely.


Step 3

Measure the room and divide the width by the plank's width. The answer is the number of planks across the room and the remainder is the last plank's width. It's important that the first plank and the last plank are the same width, so add the remainder to the width of a plank and divide by two. This gives the width of plank to use in the first and last row.

Step 4

Start at the left and work toward the right. Run the planks lengthwise against the wall. Use the spacers to maintain the gap of 1/4 inch to allow for expansion. This is particularly important around cabinetry and other obstacles in the room. When you start to lay the laminate wood flooring over the tile and underlayment, start with just 4 planks.

Step 5

Use the wall as your guide when you lay the first plank. Tuck it up against the wall. Begin row 2 with a plank that you cut to 1/3 its length. This allows you to stagger the rows. There are tongue and grooves to lock the two in place. Plank number 3 connects to the first one at the end and locks in place. The fourth plank goes on the end of the second and locks to both the first and third plank. You've created the foundation to build the rest of the flooring. Add to the two rows.

Step 6

Use varying lengths for the additional rows, but don't make a plank shorter than 16 inches. Select the planks from at least three different cartons. This makes the appearance look random. Make sure the last row is approximately the same size as the first. You'll probably have to cut it to fit the area. Keep it 1/4 inch away from the wall with a spacer. Either replace the trim, or use the special trim tracks most companies produce for their laminate wood flooring. You've completed laying laminate wood flooring over tile.

Jay P. Whickson

Jay P. Whickson worked as an insurance rep, financial planner and stockbroker from 1979 until her retirement in 2007 when she began writing about the field of finance. Whickson has both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in education from Indiana University. She also has post Masters courses in science and a number of different insurance and investment designations and degrees.