Can You Install Vinyl Plank Flooring Over Tile?

Are you pondering the question of whether or not to install vinyl plank flooring over ceramic tile? If so, you’re not alone. Luxury vinyl plank flooring is an excellent choice for a new floor. It’s incredibly durable and it represents some of the least expensive flooring options on the market. It’s a high-performance alternative to both tile flooring and hardwood.

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Other reasons to choose vinyl plank flooring — especially if you have children or pets — include that it’s:

  • Versatile
  • Visually stunning
  • Waterproof
  • More resistant to scratches than natural wood or stone
  • Environmentally friendly — luxury vinyl products are manufactured from partially recycled materials

It’s easy to see why you might want vinyl plank flooring to cover the surfaces in your home or business. The tricky question remains, however: How can you install vinyl plank flooring over tile?

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Reasons You Can (Or Can’t) Put Vinyl Over the Existing Floor

When you want to install vinyl over an existing floor, it’s critical to consider the condition of the subfloor. Placing vinyl flooring over an underfloor that has dips, cracks or even minor imperfections could significantly impact the integrity of the vinyl.

Doing so could also cause the product to fail over time, thus voiding the manufacturer’s warranty. This is why — although you can try installing vinyl flooring over tile on your own — it’s best to enlist the help of a professional.

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At the very least, a professional installation company will inspect the subfloor to ensure its condition is acceptable to handle a floating floor. At Area Flooring & Tile, Inc., we can evaluate the condition of your subfloor to give you a better idea of how you can prepare for vinyl plank flooring.

Our team of professionals specializes in vinyl flooring installations. We can:

  • Fix a faulty subfloor that may void the warranty of the product.
  • Make clean undercuts on doorways to ensure floor height and clearances will work with the existing trim and other flooring types.
  • Use high-quality, solid transitions for vinyl flooring installations.


How to Prepare a Subfloor for Vinyl Plank Flooring

When you want to install vinyl flooring directly on top of an existing floor, preparation is a major part of the job. Preparing the correct base or substrate is crucial for a long-lasting, stunning vinyl floor.

With the proper base, you can easily install vinyl plank flooring over solid hardwood, concrete or vinyl flooring. Other flooring types you can most often install vinyl flooring over include:

  • Ceramic or stone tile: In most cases, vinyl plank flooring can be installed directly over ceramic tile. Because wide seams between ceramic tiles can create dips in the vinyl flooring, cracked or missing tiles should be fixed. If the tile floor has deep seams, use an underlayment rather than installing the vinyl directly on top of the tile.
  • Engineered wood flooring: If it’s gapless, engineered wood flooring can serve as the base for vinyl flooring. However, if gaps are present, they must be attended to first. Old solid hardwood can also swell up over time, requiring an intervening underlayment.
  • Laminate flooring: Although laminate flooring can act as a substrate for vinyl flooring, it has the potential to swell when exposed to water. For this reason, it’s crucial to patch up high-moisture areas, such as those surrounding your refrigerator, sink or dishwasher.

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With laminate, engineered wood and ceramic tile flooring, it’s essential to include an underlayment before installing vinyl flooring if there are existing dips or swell spots in the floor. A substrate of large-format boards, such as luan, can be used as an underlayment before vinyl flooring is installed. Remember that these substrates are an addition to the subfloor. Before installing vinyl flooring, make sure:

  • The subfloor is not cracked or rotted
  • The substrate does not have water damage or wide gaps
  • The substrate is free of imperfections, holes and embossing
  • Newly poured concrete flooring is fully cured and dry before vinyl flooring is laid on top


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If you’re looking for vinyl floor replacement or installation options in Crystal Lake, you can trust Area Flooring & Tile, Inc. to get the job done right. Our well-trained, certified flooring installers, or CFIs, can tackle any flooring project no matter how advanced.

Area Flooring & Tile, Inc. is your source for luxury vinyl tile and plank — LVT or LVP — flooring and installation in Crystal Lake. Our click and lock resilient tile flooring creates the appearance of natural stone or hardwood without presenting any maintenance challenges.

When you opt to work with us, we’ll strive to work with you to exceed your goals for any vinyl flooring project. Contact us online or call 224-713-2732 if you have any questions about our vinyl flooring and installation services.

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