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  • Writer's pictureNick Mastrogiovanni

Can I install tiles on top of tiles?

Updated: Feb 21, 2023

So, You Want to Tile Over Your Old Tiles? Let’s Talk About It!

Have you been dreaming of a fresh new tile look in your kitchen or bathroom, but dreading the thought of ripping out all of your old tiles? Fear not my friend, because I’m here to answer the age-old question: can you install tiles on top of other tiles?

Can I install tiles on top of tiles?

The answer is… it depends. Sorry to be a buzzkill, but it’s important to consider a few things before you decide to lay new tiles over the old ones.

First, consider the condition of your current tiles. Are they still securely attached to the surface? Are they cracked or damaged in any way? If the answer is no and yes respectively, then it’s best to remove them before installing new ones. You don’t want to be tiling over a cracked foundation, that’s like trying to put a fresh coat of paint on a car with a rusty frame.

Next, consider the weight of the new tiles. Adding another layer of tiles on top of the old ones will increase the weight on the surface. If you’re tiling on a wall, this may not be an issue, but if you’re tiling on the floor, it’s important to make sure the subfloor can handle the additional weight. You don’t want to end up with a caved-in floor and a bunch of broken tiles.

Finally, consider the height of the new tiles. Adding another layer of tiles will raise the floor or wall height, so you’ll need to make sure that this won’t create any problems, like a door that can’t close or a bathtub that’s now too high to step into. You don’t want to be tripping over your new tiles because you didn’t account for the extra height.

In conclusion, tiling over old tiles can be done, but it’s not always the best idea. Make sure to assess the condition of the current tiles, consider the weight of the new tiles, and think about the height of the new tiles before making a decision. And, if all else fails, just grab a sledgehammer and take out those old tiles like a boss. But don’t blame me if you end up with sore arms and a few choice words!

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