lino over tiles

1 Apr 2013
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United Kingdom
Looking for some advice please.
I need to get lino put on my flat floor (bathroom). The floor has tiles affixed to it at this present moment and Im wondering if I should put some sort of screed/cement over the floor to make it solid and prevent the tiles moving and then put lino over it? Or should I just have the tiles removed and have the floor lino'd on plywood?
If I go for the second option, I fear I will need to have it screeded anyway to make the floor level?
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It depends on the uneven-ness/grout lines of the tiles, and exactly what you are having fitted.

Lino or linoleum is an unusual product to fit nowadays but MUST be fully stuck to a perfectly smooth subfloor, ideally lifting the tiles (assuming they are ceramic) before correctly prepping the subfloor with ply or screed (depending if it's concrete or wood subfloor). It may be possible to primer and screed over the tiles but there is a risk that anymovement may crack the lino.

If you are having an LVT (luxury vinyl tile) floor fitted, the same applies as above.

If you are having a sheet vinyl floor fitted, then uplift is not absolutely necerssary, although would be advisable if possible. If fitting over the top, primer, screed and loose lay the vinyl, or you could use F-Ball Isolator over the tiles and fit the vinyl over the top.

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