Ceramic Tiles?

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I have a 2-story home, & I'm thinking about replacing the upstairs carpet with ceramic tile due to allergy reasons. Is it possible to do this with the floors on the 2nd floor is wood & not concrete?

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  • Susan Harris Seeley Susan Harris Seeley on Oct 11, 2018

    I would use a vinyl product called Allure. Home Depot sells it. It looks just like wood planks, comes in many colors, and snaps together and “floats” on your floor. Hide the edges with quarter round. I put this over tile in my kitchen, I love it. Everyone thinks it’s wood. Easy to clean and a fraction of the cost and weight of tile.

    if you are handy, it’s a DIY project.

  • You can, but I would rethink the tile. It is going to be cold underfoot in winter and noisy as all get out. You will hear every single step forever, it will drive you bonkers. If someone is napping, forget it. You might have to consider the weight factor too. I would go with hardwood instead. Or even vinyl planks.

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    • Exactly, that's why you ask here and we can throw out our two red cents worth to help you make a decision. Even with vinyl planks or hardwood, it will be echoing as you have no idea how much sound is absorbed by carpet. Invest in a few decent quality low pile, easily cleanable rugs to help with the noise. I get the allergy thing, we had bare floors in the house I grew up in as my brother was allergic to everything under the sun since he was 6 months old. Back in those days health insurance was not like it is today and my dad was a sole proprietorship. They spent every single penny they had to care for him and make the house as "safe and allergy free" as possible. Initially it will sound loud, but you will soon get used to it and will be "white noise."

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Oct 11, 2018

    Yes it can be done. But, I have to ask, why not hardwood or vinyl planks? Depending on where you live, tile can be very cold in the winter.

  • William William on Oct 11, 2018

    Yes you can. You would need to screw down cement board to adhere the ceramic tiles. Have you considered finishing the wood floors or installing vinyl plank flooring.

  • Pamela Pamela on Oct 14, 2018

    First issue is, tile weighs a lot ! If you are talking about doing a whole floor, you need to consider will the structure be able to hold up , it need the right load bearing support. I needed an easy and inexpensive way to re do my floors. I used a peel and stick vinyl textured wood look planks. They are super easy to lay down ! They look amazing, no one believes they are peel and stick !!! And because they are textured the are good in the bathroom , as well.