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Can You Install Engineered Timber Flooring Over Existing Tiles?

Yes, you can install engineered timber flooring over existing tiles with the right preparation and techniques. First, the tiles must be thoroughly cleaned and any loose or damaged tiles should be replaced. Next, the surface should be levelled to ensure there are no uneven areas that could affect the new flooring. It's also essential to use the appropriate adhesive and underlayment to ensure the timber flooring is properly secured and insulated. Keep in mind that the height of the room may be affected, so door jambs and mouldings will likely need to be adjusted. Additionally, consulting with a professional installer or following detailed installation guidelines from reputable flooring suppliers like Imperial Flooring Australia is recommended to ensure the job is done correctly.



First things first, what should you assess on the current condition of your existing tiles?

While it is possible to install engineered timber flooring over tiles, there are a few important factors to consider. First, the tiles must be firmly adhered to the subfloor and not showing signs of cracking, movement or hollowness. If you find only minor areas like just a few areas, then remove the faulty tiles and patch it with a suitable floor levelling compound. It's also essential to ensure that the height difference between the tiles and the surrounding flooring is minimal, as a significant difference can create a tripping hazard. Additionally, the tiles should be thoroughly cleaned and levelled before the installation of timber flooring to ensure a flat and stable surface.


Is it cheaper to install engineered timber flooring over existing tiles or removing the existing tiles?

When considering whether it's cheaper to install engineered timber flooring over existing tiles or removing the existing tiles, it's important to take into account several factors. Installing engineered timber flooring over existing tiles can be more cost-effective in terms of labour and materials, as it eliminates the need to remove and dispose of the existing tiles. However, this method may result in a slightly higher floor height, which could impact transitions to other rooms or features in the space. On the other hand, removing the existing tiles before installing engineered timber flooring may incur additional costs for labour and disposal of the tiles, but it ensures a consistent floor height and may prevent potential issues with the new flooring down the line. We always recommend this as the best method, but may not be applicable to all project costs or requirements.


What floor self leveller is suitable for levelling over an existing tile area?

At Imperial Flooring Australia, we understand the importance of a flat and even floor surface for achieving the best results with your flooring installation. When self-leveling over existing tiles, we recommend using a high-quality self-leveling compound that is specifically designed for this purpose. Imperial Flooring Australia only recommend and install with Cemimax DL59 floor leveling compounds when it comes to existing tiles, a premium compound with 40Mpa rating. It's important to ensure that the existing tiles are clean, free of any loose or damaged areas, and properly primed before applying the self-leveling compound. Ensure the correct floor primer suitable for non-porous surfaces like tiles is applied, our product is called the DP70 flooring primer. Additionally, consider seeking professional help or advice if you're unsure about the process, as proper preparation and application are crucial for a successful outcome.




Can I install direct glue down engineered timber flooring over existing tiles?

Yes, you can install direct glue down engineered timber flooring over tiles, but it is essential to ensure that the tiles are clean, dry, and level before proceeding with the installation. When it comes to installing direct glue down engineered timber flooring over tiles, it is crucial to ensure a high-quality timber flooring adhesive product is applied that is suitable for existing tile subfloors, we recommend and install only with Bostik Ultraset HP.



Conclusion,

At Imperial Flooring Australia, we offer professional installation services for engineered timber flooring over existing tiles. Our experienced team uses specialized techniques to ensure a smooth and seamless transition, providing a beautiful and durable result. With our expertise, you can trust that your new engineered timber flooring will be installed with precision and care, transforming your space while saving time and costs on removing the existing tiles. Plus, by choosing engineered timber flooring, you'll enjoy the benefits of a sustainable, low-maintenance, and long-lasting flooring solution that adds warmth and elegance to any room. Contact us to learn more about our installation process and to schedule a consultation with our flooring experts.



Neutral Oak 15mm Engineered Oak Installed over existing tiles
Neutral Oak 15mm Engineered Oak Installed over existing tiles

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