I spend my days answering a lot of flooring questions from customers. It’s my job and I’m happy to do it. Often times, when I get a question regularly, I make note of it to answer in a blog because I know that if those people are looking for an answer, then a lot of other people are as well.

Today’s question is: can a person install vinyl flooring over tile? I had a couple come into our headquarters just last week and ask this very thing. I will tell you the same thing that I told them: Vinyl plank flooring can be installed over tile floors. It’s a little known fact, but it can save you time and money.

Do you have a tile floor that you’re not a fan of? If the answer is ‘yes,’ then keep reading. I will explain the guidelines to installing vinyl plank flooring over tile.

First, interlocking (also referred to as click) vinyl planks or vinyl tiles are the best choice to install over tile because it is cost-effective. This method of installation is called a floating floor. Glue-down vinyl can also be installed, but can end up costing just as much money as it would to remove the tiles.

PRO TIP: If you do install glue-down vinyl over tile, the process will be different. First, you must spread a skim coat or self-lever over the tile, apply the vinyl adhesive, and then lay the vinyl planks.

Second, the grout lines of the tile floor should not be too wide or too deep. A tile floor with grout lines 1/4” wide or less is suitable. Vinyl flooring over tile with grout lines larger than this will begin to press into the grout lines so that they become visible. This is called telegraphing.

Third, use an underlayment between floors. Underlayment will help prevent grout lines from telegraphing through the vinyl. In addition, underlayment adds an extra layer of protection between the floors should you want to go back to the tile floor.

Finally, before you do any of the above, the existing tile floor must be structurally sound, level, and free of cracks.

I should also point out that WPC planks are also good candidates for installing over tile flooring.

Want to know more about installing vinyl flooring over tile? Give me a call at 844-334-2877.