My townhouse is built on a slab, and I have ceramic tile
in the kitchen. A few of the tiles have chips where
items were dropped.
it possible to have the ceramic tile removed and
replaced with vinyl?
is not a job I would do myself; I would hire a
professional. Just looking for some ideas and what the
pros and cons might be.
Iím glad you will be hiring a professional, because Iíve
seen so many botched jobs by amateurs.
can be done. I assume the tiles are in a mortar bed on
the slab. At least thatís pretty much what Iíve seen
over the years.
those tiles will be a tough, messy job, but contractors
have the equipment to do so quickly and efficiently.
is, however, very expensive, and I would recommend
several estimates before proceeding. (I know this
suggestion will elicit many reader comments about
trouble getting people to call back.)
vinyl flooring over the existing floor is a possibility,
but two concerns are leveling the surface and increasing
the thickness ó making it higher, so doors and trim
have to be adjusted.
vinyl flooring installed on an existing surface often
does not require underlayment, so that reduces the
chance of adding to the floor height.
contractor will likely level the existing ceramic-tile
floor with a self-leveling compound that will fill in
the grout lines.
chipped tiles should be replaced and filled in, as well,
to guarantee a level surface for the new vinyl floor.
if you had matching tiles to replace the chipped ones, a
contractor could remove and replace them and clean the
floor and grout lines to make everything look new.
rule: Always buy a couple of extra boxes of tile to keep
on hand in the event a plumbing disaster creates a need.
has for me, and I never want to go through that again.
Tile, it seems, has a short life when it comes to style,
and even thickness.
are online resources for older tile, and some of it is
being reproduced, but it is usually pricier than new