Can You Lay Tile Over Tile?


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It is possible to lay new ceramic floor tiles over outdated tiles if the existing floor is level and solid. Loose, cracked or uneven tiles indicate a problem with the existing floor and should not be tiled over.

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Tiling over tile increases the height of the floor, so the homeowner should check doorway and cabinet clearances. Homeowners can check the existing floor for loose tiles by pounding lightly with a rubber mallet. Hollow sounding tiles or ones that pop up indicate a problem with the existing installation. Tiling over a floor with existing issues may create problems with the new flooring, so proper inspection and preparation are necessary.

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