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Unread 07-08-2019, 01:27 PM   #1
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Tile over Linoleum Tiles

Greetings! Looking at covering some 1960's era linoleum tiles in the lower level of our house. The tiles a well bonded to a poured concrete substrate. Could I just thinset over this and set my tiles? Any advice is appreciated
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Unread 07-09-2019, 08:28 AM   #2
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Hi Joshua,

Although there are thinset products that will stick to just about anything, tiling over old asphalt or vinyl tiles isn't recommended, nor would it meet industry standards. But can you do it? Sure. Will it last? Nobody knows.
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Linoleum is paper impregnated with linseed oil with a color pattern and cured. It is likely to have some wax residue and who knows what on it. But, you might call Mapei and ask if you used one of their cleaners then eco grip prim (a primer) if it would work. Best result would be to remove it. The linoleum doesn’t contain asbestos, but the mastic holding it down might, and that’s a whole other story!
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Thanks for the replies! That is our concern that the mastic contains asbestos due to the installation period. But it's definitely secured, level/flat, and glued to concrete.
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So, though it wouldn't meet industry standards and I proceed without tearing the lino out: would the recommendation be to thinset some hardibacker down before installing the tiles?
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Absolutely not, Joshua.

CBUs, or Fiber/Cement boards in the case of Hardiebacker, are designed to be installed with mechanical fasteners. You'd just be making your situation worse by trying to glue down such a material and then tiling over it.

You might wanna look into one of the surface preparation products such as MAPEI's Eco Prim Grip mentioned above. Even that is not recommended for use over products containing asbestos, but I think that's more of a CYA move on the part of the manufacturer than any technical reason.

Or just tile over what you've got with a good quality thinset mortar and hope for the best.

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