Cynthia Coplin
Cynthia Coplin
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Asked on Apr 13, 2013

HELP with our UGLY floors!!

Lila JacksonKMS WoodworksGail Salminen
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Floors in hall and 3 rooms of the addition part of our house are "school/church house" hard UGLY industrial tile. Awful. We cannot afford to cover with hardwood. Any suggestions? We do not want carpet (3 kids and a dog)
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  • KMS Woodworks
    on Apr 13, 2013

    you would never want to "cover" tile with hardwood. real hardwood floors are nailed down in most cases...you can't nail through tile. some folks have installed laminate over tile. but to me I would take tile ( even ugly tile) over laminate any day. Do you know what is under the tile?...ply sub , concrete slab?

  • K
    on Apr 13, 2013

    We installed laminate tiles in our kitchen and hallway. You grout them like ceramic or stone, they are very durable and look really nice. More expensive than sheet laminate but less expensive than many hardwood options.

  • T & J Flooring and Remodel
    on Apr 15, 2013

    how many sqft do you have? I may be able to give you a good price on hardwood, if your willing to do the demo on your tile. let me know. John Williams T & J Flooring and Remodel 678-683-5360

  • Shelley Hier
    on Apr 15, 2013

    I found a cool idea by someone who did their floor in Paper Bags! I really, really like the look and although it involves some work, it is an inexpensive way in materials to do. Check out the pin for Paper Bag Floors.

  • Cynthia Coplin
    on Apr 15, 2013

    The tile is that old school house stuff, it is not ceramic tile. We cannot remove the tile because of the small, but ever so present asbestos percentage in this tile. I agree, I hate carpet and would consider tile, bit this stuff is awful! I will assume sub floor is under the tile, and yet,useless to me. What ever we do, this stuff needs to be covered. I thank you for your time.

  • Cynthia Coplin
    on Apr 15, 2013

    Shlley, I saw that post too. Perhaps that is my option. It did look pretty, WAY better than what I have now!

  • Gail Salminen
    on Apr 15, 2013

    @Cynthia Coplin it was @Ashley @ Domestic Imperfection that made that post. If you are looking at the kitchen area, you might have to put a few extra coats of verathane on it so it can withstand the traffic. I think you will also need a secondary kitchen set up for a week or more - like move the fridge and/or the microwave into the dining room - of course the barbeque will be helpfull as well. But you and @Shelley Hier are right, it is a beautiful floor and very classy looking. Follow the links through her blog for all instuctions - well worth the read, it includes another blog as well. Her comment section also answers a lot of questions. Good luck and please post before and after pics on this post. Thanks for posting :)

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Apr 16, 2013

    So this is a Vinyl tile...you can nail through this...to transition to a ceramic tile you could install some 1/4" cement backer board over this, the install the ceramic tile. This will raise the floor about 3/4" which is height of standard hardwood flooring. Covering asbestos is an "approved" form of mitigation called encapsulation.

  • Lila Jackson
    on Jun 30, 2017

    Hi my name is Lila Jackson and I have a question about my hall floor I had lamination on my floor and I like to change that to tile what's your suggestion. I need help
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