Installing Laminate Floor Over Tile

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Topic by nogeel posted 04-17-2017 04:06 PM 14226 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2017 04:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: basement tiles floors laminate

We are redoing our basement (basement was already finished we redid the framing and had drywall installed). It has an old tile floor (which I don’t want to mess with considering the age of the house). Overall, the tile is in pretty good shape. However there are a couple of tiles missing around one edge (as long as there aren’t any surprises when I remove the rest of the carpet).

Do I need to figure out a way to fill those spots (the tile is maybe 1/8 of an inch)? The floor seems pretty level otherwise. If so, how should I do it? Also, what underlayment would folks recommend?


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09-02-2015 02:14 PM

Could you post a few pictures? Seeing what you are seeing is easier

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09-02-2015 06:27 PM

Then gaps between the tile and the subfloor (even with the concrete) is essentially 1/8 of an inch.

There were a few loose tiles so I may get some sort of adhesive and glue them back down.

(not sure why this one posted sideways)

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09-08-2015 12:10 PM

I will bet you you that if that floor gets wet for about 15 minutes that all that tile will lift right up. The adhesive used is asphalt/tar based and if it gets wet and cold, it gets brittle and loses its hold. One thing that you don’t want to do is run a saw through it or sand it. Once out, you don’t have to worry about it and if you sell the house in the future, that is one point removed.

When I have done asbestos abatement, one of the key things is to keep it damp. The idea is to eliminate any dust before it happens and wear heavy vinyl gloves. The other part is how to dispose of it, some communities require that you take it to a special location. – If it does contain asbestos.

Some of the most interesting parts of all this - – I grew up with asbestos in many things we used all of the time – I worked around it as part of my many jobs – On floors, we buffed it, scrubbed it, cut it, even sanded it – For insulation we cut it, pulled it apart, whatever you needed to do – For car brakes. you got dirty up to your elbows

Now – if you just look at it, your arms will fall off, you will have cancer in 2 days and so many things.

Yes, I know of the hazards of working with asbestos and yes, you need to be careful with it.

Remember mercury and all the fun we had with it rolling it around in our hands? Now, if it comes into your house the people with suits come in and condemn your house as a hazmat environment – Really?

Remember on those hot summer days we actually drank water out of a garden hose – after you flushed the ants and spiders out of it? I think that is a huge health issue now – but I never knew anyone that got sick from it.

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