How to Install Sheet Vinyl Flooring Over Ceramic Tile

In some cases, ceramic tile can create the sturdy, high-quality flooring option for rooms like kitchens and bathrooms. Despite their general appeal, sometimes ceramic tiles need to be replaced. Or possibly, a room is just in need of a fresh aesthetic upgrade. One easy and affordable way to give new life to an old room is by installing vinyl sheet flooring over tile floors. Covering your tiled floor with vinyl is a fairly easy task, but you will need to take certain important measures to ensure that your new flooring will stand the test of time.

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One easy and affordable way to give new life to an old room is by installing vinyl sheet flooring over tile floors.

Can Vinyl Go Over Tile?

The short answer to this question is yes, it can! Although, you won't simply be able to roll out a sheet of vinyl and lay it over your ceramic tiles. So, some preparation must be handled to ensure the most effective job is done.

In order to lay any new flooring over your existing floors, you'll need to start with a clean and leveled surface that's free to dirt, debris and grime, and that has no cracks or chips on it. To prepare your surface, sweep your floors and mop them with soapy water, taking extra care to scrub away any sticky or waxy stains. If your tiles have a glossy coating over them, you should sand it down using 220-grit sandpaper in smaller rooms and an orbital sander for large areas to create a porous surface for your new adhesive to stick to.

You'll also need to ensure that your ceramic tiles are securely attached to the floorboards beneath it, as any new flooring requires a smooth, flat surface to lay over. One thing to keep in mind before you get started is how the rest of the room functions with your existing flooring in it. If your ceramic tiles are thick, you may need to remove the tile before you install your new flooring, as the new added layer may lead to structural issues like preventing a door from closing.

Vinyl Over Tiles in the Kitchen

To create an even surface, start by removing the baseboards around the perimeter of your room, which will result in a seamless finish around your edges. Then, you'll need to fill in the grout lines between the tiles by using self-leveling compound. Once your compound has dried, apply adhesive to the floor and let it dry until it reaches a sticky consistency to help your flooring adhere well.

When it's time to put down vinyl over tiles in the kitchen, use a flooring roller to work out any air bubbles that can build up under the surface, and give everything several hours to dry before reattaching your baseboards to the walls.

Vinyl Over Tile in the Bathroom

Laying vinyl over a tile bathroom is a practical choice as vinyl is known for working well in areas prone to wetness. As this space is typically smaller than kitchens and filled with more fixtures like a toilet, sink and bathtub, extra prep measures should be taken to ensure a job well done.

To install vinyl over a tile bathroom floor, follow the same steps for installing vinyl over tiles in a kitchen, but remove anything you can from the floor before you start, like the toilet or a vanity. When working with adhesive in more confined spaces, ventilation is essential, so be sure to open any windows and doors that you can and run a fan to help air move through the space.


Krissy Howard

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