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Installing Tile Over Tile

Installing Tile Over Tile

My Home Has a Couple Layers of Tile. Do I Have to Remove the Current Tile Before Installing the New Surface?

Removing existing flooring tile before installing new tile is recommended, however sometimes old tile can be very difficult or almost impossible to remove. If the original tile is still in excellent condition, then it is possible to install tile over tile, but the proper steps must be taken in order to complete the project correctly. If the original tile is damaged then removing it is necessary.

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Call 1-877-MRHANDYMAN for America's most trusted handyman. Please see below for more tips on installing tile over tile.

Tips for Installing Tile on Top of Existing Tile

If your existing floor tile is not cracked and can provide a solid foundation, it can serve as a subfloor for a new layer of tile to be installed on top of it. Another necessary precaution is to make sure your floor is level before installing new tile. Unlevel floors can eventually cause both layers of tile to crack.

The following steps are helpful tips when installing tile over tile:

  • First clean and then sand the surface of the old tile until it feels rough.

  • Apply a very thin coat of thin set mortar, filling in the current grout lines. This provides a more even foundation for the new tiles to adhere to.

  • Let this coat try for 24 hours.

At this point in the project, you can continue with the normal steps for tile installation, just like you would on a subfloor. For help with this project or other home repair renovations, don't trust your home to just any handyman. Request service from your local Mr. Handyman today.

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