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Apr 9, 2010

TILES UPON TILES?

I just received an email from a homeowner asking me if it’s possible to lay new tiles over an existing tiled floor. This is not the most ideal way to install tiles but it's possible as long as the existing tiles and the sub-floor are in good condition (for example, no water leakage into the unit below if it is a high-rise apartment) and the old tile is thoroughly cleaned and scuffed up to allow the new mortar to grip. The combination of the newly-applied mortar and tile may raise the level of the floor slightly but trimming the bottom of the doors and building up the doorsills usually hide the fact there are two layers of tiles instead of one.


Stan

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