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Can You Tile Over Linoleum Flooring?

  • Andrew Uhacz

Do You Need to Remove Linoleum before Laying Tile?

You're tired of looking at that old, outdated linoleum flooring in your home or commercial space and you're ready for something new.

A beautiful tile floor would be a huge improvement and you have your eye on some tile that would really pop. You may wonder if you can you tile over it, or if you have to rip it out and start fresh?

Well, the short answer is, yes, you can tile over linoleum flooring.

Before you start laying tiles over an old linoleum floor there are a few things that you need to know. 

How Old is the Linoleum?

Sheet linoleum floors and tiles that were made before 1990 often contain asbestos, which is a known cancer-causing agent. If this is the case in your home or building, it's best to tile over the linoleum floor rather than attempting to remove it. 

What Condition is the Linoleum In?

When you install tiles, the end result is solely based on where you start. A linoleum floor that's in excellent condition is a perfect foundation for a new tile floor. However, if the old flooring is cracked, uneven, or missing pieces you'll have to repair it to create a smooth surface before installing tiles. 

How Solid Is the Linoleum Floor?

If the linoleum isn't firmly attached to the subfloor, then any tile you install on top of it won't be secure either. That's not to say it can't be done, it just adds more work to the project. 

Is the Linoleum Floor Cushioned?

Over time, the cushioned backing under linoleum gets compressed, allowing dents and imperfections to show through. If you're thinking of installing traditional porcelain, ceramic, or natural stone tiles, a cushioned linoleum base isn't going to provide the stability that it needs. 

What Options Are There for Tiling Over Linoleum?

Here are a few options to consider when covering a linoleum floor with a new tile. There are a multitude of styles and colors available including natural materials as well as vinyl and linoleum that mimic their natural counterparts. 

Forbo MCT Tile

Marmoleum by Forbo linoleum tiles are a chemical-free, eco-friendly bio-based flooring. It's not only beautiful, but it's also sustainable, and health. There are more than 300 tile colors and 9 unique structures to choose from.

It's generally recommended for commercial spaces, but it would be perfect for your home as well.

Armstrong Alterna

Like all of Armstrong's luxury vinyl tiles, it's hard to tell if the Alterna tiles are natural materials or manufactured. The engineered stone construction makes them easy to clean and maintain.

Not only that, but they're also durable enough to withstand even the heaviest traffic, even in a commercial space. 

Chesapeake Tile Flooring

If you prefer a more conventional tile, consider the options that Chesapeake Flooring offers. Glass, porcelain, ceramic, and mosaic styles are all available. Whether you like a natural stone look, or something a bit more modern and updated, this is the perfect floor for you.

It's also easy to maintain and highly durable.

Marazzi Tile

Porcelains, glazed ceramics, glass mosaics, natural stones, and metallic tiles are all part of the Marazzi USA collection.

If you want a high-end look while still remaining eco-friendly, these tiles are worth a look. You'll love how easy they are to maintain and how they elevate the appearance of any space.

Shop Online For Tile Flooring and Save

When you're ready to get started with your new flooring project, visit Floor City for the best selection and prices. We're also available to answer your flooring questions, or to offer an expert opinion anytime, day or night.

Just give us a call at (800) 898-9540, or visit FloorCity.Com and click the Chat Now link to talk to a live customer service representative.

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