Can I put laminate flooring over tile that has rather large grout line

by Lis12014883
house was built in 2006 all rooms have large square tile floors all the same dull color large indented grout lines can I have new floors without taking up all this tile

  9 answers
  • Ken Ken on May 05, 2018

    The maker of the laminate will tell you specifically what surface preparation will be necessary and what flooring over which you can install their particular product. They are not all the same and not all tile is the same.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on May 05, 2018

    Hi Lisadon10,

    Yes, you can. You just want to make sure that everything on the current floor is tight and then use a foam underlayment before you add the flooring. Click on the link below for step-by-step directions. Wishing you the best.

  • Dee Dee on May 05, 2018

    No, the tiles need to be removed because the grout makes it uneven. Laminate does not get glued down, you use an undelayment and float the floor. Get a trowel to remove the tiles. It is not hard just very messy

  • Janice Janice on May 05, 2018

    It probably CAN be done, but should it be done? Remember that all your baseboards will likely need to be removed/replaced as the new floor placed over the tiled with grout area will be at least 1/4" or more higher than before. Think it through well before doing this. The link Lisadon10 left shows how to install wood floors on top of vinyl flooring. Don't think it mentions anything about the baseboards.

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on May 05, 2018

    The best thing to do is remove the tile. You could put down luan for under the laminate, but it's best to take up the tile. Either way, doing bathrooms and the kitchen could be very time consuming. If putting new floor on top, you'll have to cut around everything and that isn't the easiest to do (especially the toilets). If you take up the tile, all cabinets and toilets have to come out because the tile is probably under them. Either way you'll have to pull all appliances.

  • B. Enne B. Enne on May 05, 2018

    Technically yes if it is level, and no tile corners sit higher. As long as you are referring to actual rigid laminate and not vinyl planks, I would use the thicker underlayment made to put over a cement floor. We had some leftover from our basement, and it was better for sound dampening, than the really thin foam that looks like packing material. I would imagine laminate over ceramic would be loud, when people walk on it.

    I guess, as others have stated, you have to decide whether it is worth it. If the laminate is good, floating and inexpensive, it is worth a try, since it can be removed.

  • Janice Janice on May 27, 2024

    My neighbor recently had luxury vinyl plank flooring installed over his tiled and grouted floor. It was a LOT of work as they had to work through the entire home insuring that the tiles were exactly level one to the other. They used a grinder to grind of any high spots at tile corners as well as on the grout lines. By the time the work was over, the expense was close to what it would have been to tear out all the tile and do a self-leveling pour. The baseboards had to be removed and redone as well. Do your due diligence in investigating any company that seems to make the install too simple...... to get the job! And this may be above a diy skill level.

  • We recently installed laminate flooring and we had to take a long time leveling the floor since part of it was a vinyl tile and the other part was not...there is one part of the floor that's not very level and it pops up sometimes. I wouldn't chance it.

  • Hey there! Laminate and vinyl planks can be installed over tiles easily. As long as your tile flooring is even and smooth, the planks can be installed over it. The grout lines can be covered by priming the entire tiled area or filling the grout lines.