Can You Tile Over Floor Tiles?
Are you about to tackle a refurbishment or renovation project? If yes, then you might be worried about the removal of your old tiles before installing the new ones. Being fully aware that this process can be time and money consuming, it can only make sense to consider whether you can tile on existing tiles. The answer is yes, however, there are a few details you must take into account when embarking on this cost-effective journey. Here’s our advice:
lSelect The New Tiles
• Take into consideration the surface behind the tiles and the weight it’ll be able to withstand.
• For plasterboard, the surface can withstand about 30kg to 32kg per m2 (28.5kg of tile/square metre and 2.5kg to 3.5kg of adhesive and grout).
• For skimmed plasterboard, the surface can hold about 18kg to 20kg per m2 ( 16kg of tile/square metre and 2.5kg to 4kg of adhesive and grout )
• Consider the existing tiles, if heavy enough, then your choice for the new tiles should very light.
lPrepare Old Tiles
• Confirm that the old tiles are well glued to the substrate.
• Check that the tiles are level. If not, use a grinder to flatten out any humps.
• Remove the sealer for the old tiles, if any.
• Clear out all dust and dirt.
lLay New Tiles
• Spread a layer of flexible adhesive.
• Lay the new tiles
lFinish The Project
• Fill the joints with an appropriate tile grout.
• Seal the edges with a sealant.
It’s as simple as that! However, it must be said that if you’re lacking the appropriate training or experience to pull this off, then you probably would not want the first trial on your prized asset. For a top quality job and to avoid unnecessary costs, you can reach out to a tiling professional for help.