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Can Vinyl Plank Flooring be Installed Over Ceramic Tiles?

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  • Andrew Uhacz

Vinyl flooring is one of the most popular flooring options on the market. It is a durable, easy to install, and often lasts for many years.

It can also be installed on top of many types of existing floors, which can cut the time and cost of a floor remodel significantly. Specifically, vinyl plank flooring can be installed over ceramic tiles, if the tiles meet a few requirements.

Below we will explore the requirements and the methods that can help you to transform your living space. 

vinyl flooring over ceramic tile

Why Vinyl Plank Flooring?

There are many reasons to choose vinyl plank flooring, one of the most cited reasons is that they are completely waterproof.

This makes them an especially great option for kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and any other area in which flooding may be an issue. If an accident does occur, they can be dried effectively without showing damage.

Vinyl plank floors are also very easy to clean and ideal for homes with pets. 

Vinyl flooring is also very durable. They are very resistant to wear, even in high-traffic areas. Some vinyl floors feature rigid core construction which makes them more stable and sturdy.

They're also easy to maintain and will typically only need regular sweeping and mopping to maintain their aesthetic look. 

Can Plank Vinyl Flooring be Installed on Top of Other Flooring?

Vinyl flooring planks can be successfully installed on a variety of existing surfaces. Ideally, the surface should be smooth, flat, and tightly sealed.

Of course, things aren't often ideal in the world of remodeling and some floors need to be fixed before vinyl floor installation. Floors with large gaps or uneven spots should be removed before you install vinyl floor planks because they will jeopardize the integrity of the floor. 

In a nutshell, vinyl flooring can be installed on top of other types of floors, but it has to be of a certain type and in good repair. 

plank vinyl flooring over ceramic tile

Plank Vinyl Flooring Over Ceramic Tile

Fortunately, ceramic tile is often a suitable surface on which install vinyl planks. It can provide a smooth, even surface, under the vinyl which will allow it to be smooth and tightly sealed.

The ceramic tile must be in good shape, without cracks or large gashes. Also, the grout lines between tiles must not be too large and deep. If the spaces between ceramic tiles are too big, they will eventually show through the flooring and damage its integrity as well as its aesthetic condition.

This makes the installation more difficult, but it is still within the grasp of an experienced DIY'er. If you have any doubt as to whether you can do the job effectively, it may be best to consult a professional. 

Additionally, when placing vinyl planks over ceramic tiles it is advisable to use thick vinyl planks, as opposed to the thinner ones.

Though slightly more expensive, planks with a thickness of 5-8 mm are a good option because they will be more capable of laying flush on the tile beneath. This will prevent the vinyl layer from "sinking" into the grout lines.  

Vinyl plank floors are a durable flooring option that can transform a room for a relatively low cost. They're often relatively easy to install and can be laid over many types of floors. They can be effectively laid over ceramic tiles if the tiles are in good shape and the grout lines aren't too wide.

Vinyl floors, when installed correctly, are completely waterproof and a good option for kitchens, bathrooms, and basements.  

Floor City offers a wide variety of vinyl plank floors that can keep your home's floors looking great for years. 

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