Tile over linoleum?
April 6, 2009 2:23 PM Subscribe
Can I lay tile over (real) linoleum? Maybe I should prime the existing floor first?
posted by and hosted from Uranus to home & garden (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am remodeling a small bathroom and recently bought some reclaimed tiles for the floor. Around 2001, I had Marmoleum brand (aka the "real" linseed oil stuff) linoleum installed. (The existing floor seriously needed replacing and, since I was having the Marmoleum put into the kitchen I was doing at the time, I had them do the bathroom too, knowing I couldn't live with the color for very long.)
Can I put the tiles down on top of the linoleum? The plywood sub floor under the linoleum was new in 2001 and is in the pretty good shape, as is the linoleum itself. I don't think I can rip up the linoleum without ruining the sub floor. They're stuck together pretty good.
My thinking is that since the existing floor is basically water proof ... why not just tile over it? As long as the tile mastic adheres ok to the current floor, I should be good to go, right? Maybe giving the floor a coat of primer will help with the adhesion? Is there something basic I'm missing here?
I'd really like to avoid the expense, effort and environmental implications of buying new tile backer board unless it's really necessary.