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Unread 02-02-2014, 05:35 PM   #1
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Tile over Vinyl - OK or no go?

We would like to redo our bathroom floor. It's a small bathroom approximately 35 sq. ft. We just bought the house which was built in 1955. Needless to say it needs some work since we bought it from the original owner.

My issue is that there are two levels of tile flooring. The top that is showing is vinyl tile. The tile below it is that old asbestos tile. We would really like porcelain tile but cannot afford an abatement crew to come in and remove it. Can we tile over the top layer? Suggestions please.

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Unread 02-02-2014, 05:43 PM   #2
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Yes you can tile over vinyl..............but...........the installation is only as good as the vinyl is stuck to the floor. There is very good pooky out there ( aka quality thinset ) that will do the job.

IF the vinyl is stuck properly, you could apply GREENSKIN to the vinyl, then tile to it.

Again there is a gamble that the install might fail. But it is a small bathroom and not a large expense to have to redo it down the road. You can deal with the asbestos then.

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How will I know if it fails? Broken tiles and such?

I'll have to look for greenskin...forgive my ignorance but what is it?
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You'll know it's failed when you begin to see cracked, and then crumbling grout.
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Unread 02-02-2014, 06:06 PM   #5
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thank you...since it's such a small area were gonna do the greenskin and see how it turns out
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Unread 02-02-2014, 06:19 PM   #6
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How to remove vinyl tile over old asbestos tile

ok in addition to my previous thread, we are considering removing the top layer of vinyl tile and then tiling over the asbestos tile. is there a good way to do this without messing with the asbestos tile underneath?
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Unread 02-02-2014, 06:53 PM   #7
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Welcome, alexiskim. Please change that permanent signature line to a first name for us to use.

It'll help if you'll keep all your project questions on one thread so folks can see what you're working on and what's been previously asked and answered. We can give it a more generic title any time you'd like to suggest one.

And even more helpful would be if you'll tell us what substrate is under all this vinyl tile.
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Unread 02-02-2014, 08:55 PM   #8
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CX Can you adjust the title then? I really need that question addressed as well.

I didnt put my first name in my signature because alexis kim is my full name. thought it was self explanatory but i'll update it.
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Unread 02-02-2014, 08:58 PM   #9
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Alexis, we ocasionally even have folks with a perfectly usable first and last name in their User Name and it doesn't even match the member's gender. We like to have a first name in a permanent signature line to use.
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Unread 02-02-2014, 10:45 PM   #10
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whoa didnt know gender was so important to this forum...i had a tile question...since when did gender have anything to do with tiling...thanks but obviously this forum is of no help
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Unread 02-02-2014, 10:51 PM   #11
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Nothing at all, Alexis, I was simply responding to your statement that "I didnt put my first name in my signature because alexis kim is my full name. thought it was self explanatory," and making the point that screen names are not always self eplanatory, eh?

Now, if you'll just answer my question back in post #7 we can work on your project.
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Unread 02-03-2014, 11:58 AM   #12
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Now that naming convention is aside....

I wouldn't hesitate to remove 35 sq ft of asbestos tile myself. I certainly can't take responsibility your actions and I probably wouldn't even recommend it... But, if it were my own house, I'd take all the safety precautions (besides getting it tested) and operate under the assumption that it is hazardous and just do it....
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I believe the substrate is wood. We are on a raised foundation with a crawl space underneath.

I was thinking of removing the tile ourselves since it is our own house and not a large area but we do have two small children (3 and 4) and that makes my husband nervous especially because he did not grow up in a fixer upper home doing DIY things like I did.

I am thinking I'll go with the GREENSKIN as suggested and see how that turns out. I don't have a problem with increasing height since there is plenty of room for the door etc. to clear. My next question is how this might affect around the toilet drain. Will I have to modify the toilet drain at all to accommodate the added height?

Uh oh, I just remembered that the vinyl tile edge around the tub looks a little gross. Am I going to be forced to remove it now?
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Alexis, did you receive my pm?

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No i didnt get it...this site is new to me...
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