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Tiling Over Other Flooring

Can I tile over other types of flooring?

Guidelines for tiling over other surfacing materials are covered in the Renovation section of the TCNA Handbook in detail TR711. When tiling over other surfaces, always make sure to check with the mortar and grout manufacturers to find the right material for bonding to the surface in question.

The manufacturer's of tile cement (thinset) have developed specialty formulations for setting tile that are designed to bond well to specific surfaces. However, as with all tile installations, the entire substrate below the tile is important - not only the layer to which the tile is bonded.