Can I lay vinyl tiles over cracked ceramic tiles - can I do it myself?

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 27, 2017
    If the tiles are cracked the new floor will not install correctly

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Dec 27, 2017
    Hi there, I would be a little worried about laying a new flooring over an old one that is in bad shape. You may consider buying grout, mixing it a little soupy and running it over the entire surface of your ceramic tiles, that would give you a solid flat surface to work with before applying any over top.

  • Ken Ken on Dec 27, 2017
    Yes, but vinyl will conform to what is under it. May take a few weeks but every grout line and any but a tight crack will show through. Only costs a little more to go first class and remove the ceramil.

  • Bijous Bijous on Dec 27, 2017
    If the grout lines are less than 1/4 inch, you can lay peel and stick without a problem. Anything larger, where the tile dangles over the grout line will cause the vinyl either to fall and pop up on the edges or crack. Fill in all the grout lines level to the tile, then lay the tiles. This is also the process for a free floating floor and plank laminate. Good luck.

    • Claudettechander0 Claudettechander0 on Dec 27, 2017
      Thank you so much. I was looking to put in vinyl tiles (12" X 24") - they are pretty stiff, and some (not the floating kind) can be grouted at the joints.... only a few of the ceramic tiles that are there have a crack line running straight through them, due to the shifting of the house over the years... but I'll look in to grouting between the ceramic tiles to level them before installing the vinyl...