How do i decided whether to put a third layer of tiles down?

Marlene drasher
by Marlene drasher

ok, there was damage to the tiles, and i was going to removed all the tiles to the bare wood. decided it was just too hard to do that. i am 70 yrs old. tried the reciprocating saw with a blade, but almost wanted to tear up the floor. using an iron works best to remove the tiles. the first layer is reg tile using good old glue. then the next layer is press and stick which is easier to come up. my dilemna..lift up all the press and stick or add the press and stick to the damaged area to make it all flat and then put on new press and stick on top of it all. pictures sorry about the popcorn and fuzzy picture. if i just fix the area, it would be three layers of tile on the floor., which i am ok with. i am selling anyway..

  8 answers
  • Ya, go ahead and put the third layer down. That way its not noticable. At least it will all be the same height. The new buyers will probably Tear it all out anyway

    • Marlene drasher Marlene drasher on Aug 26, 2018

      i appreciate the advice. right now, mish matched press and stick tiles are at the harmed area. i am having my basement water proofed this week so all other projects are on hold. the decision will be at the time to remove the top layer of all the floor or put down the third layer. so tired of house stuff at this point. i am saving 600 by cutting into the nasty moldy drywall in the basement. worked for 3 and 1/2 hrs yesterday and was so beat that i stayed in bed all morning. that is after taken arthritis pills and all. this manual labor is hard on an older body.

  • Kim Kim on Jul 28, 2018

    I know what it’s like to get this far into a project and think you just can’t finish it. Unfortunately the rest of the tiles need to come up.

    I have two bits of advice.

    The first is to get a floor scraper. It’s on a handle like a broom and is kind of like a spatula. You can work it under the peel and stick tile and pry the rest up.

    The second is to just do a little section each day. I find small jobs easier to power through than a huge project. Before you know it you will be ready to prep your floor for your new tile!

    I am sad because I just drove through there last week on a trip home from California and I could have helped you in person, but I am sure you can finish what you started and have a nice floor to show for it!


  • You cannot put more tile on top. It probably will not stick because the floor is currently uneven. You will see every imperfection through the tile. The floor scraper mentioned above is the easiest and cheapest way. Do you have a teenage neighbor or relative that can help?

  • Marlene drasher Marlene drasher on Jul 29, 2018

    ok. can i go ahead and remove the press and stick tiles...the top layer..leaving the one layer where it is? just fix up the area that is torn apart? what do people think about this plan? the press and stick tiles come up fairly easy, but i have large kitchen. i think i may hire someone to repair the one area anyway.

    • Dokey Dokey on Aug 26, 2018

      I’m 71 and I have Back problems so I know how hard it is to do this! I think it’s wise of you to hire a Handyman for this! Even I have limitations, my daughter gets upset when I overdo things. I retired a year ago and did a lot of painting and other things to freshen up my house. It took me a month to redo my bathroom but I got it done, I paid for it pain wise😬

      so see If you can find someone who won’t kill ya with the price, maybe a friend knows someone.

      Good Luck 🍀👍

  • Lorraine Lorraine on Jul 30, 2018

    Hire someone to remove it all! They have the correct tools! Make sure they leave it fairly smooth! If you are selling, go look at other homes on the market in your area, see what they did! They’ll come in and see it and say hmm, floor is in great condition, don’t have to do anything there! It’ll be a good investment.

  • Hire someone to tear it all out. That is a mish mash stew of epic proportions. Then install sheet vinyl. May be inexpensive but will be an economical solution to get you out the door.

  • Dee Dee on Aug 26, 2018

    If you can get the floor even, you can put another floor on top of it. However you have to watch where your dishwasher is and baseboards. If there is a Habitat for Humanity near you, go there and see if you can find someone to help you tear out the old floor. You can also try a church group or even a high school. These kids do this stuff for extra credit all the time.

    If not hire someone reasonable, you will recoup your money in the long run. Oh, the scraper thing that is on a broom handle works very well.

  • I have a suggestion, order a few pizzas, grab a couple 12 packs, call family, friends, neighbors, anyone you can think of. You'd be surprised how hard people will work for free pizza and beer! But to be honest, if you're selling the place, the new owners will plan on tearing it out anyway. The extra work you're doing will not add to the value of the home. If you had to live with it, of course you'd want to do it nice. But if you never have to look at it again, does it really matter to you?