You need a strong inflexible base under tile that is probably
not currently the case under this linoleum. Also the adhesive
grout used will probably not stick to the linoleum well.
If its a high quality home, I would pull the linoleum and then
beef up the sub floor or supports as necessary, lay cement
board over an adhesive grout spread. screw that solidly to the
sub floor, then lay the tile over that with adhesive cement
spread underneath... if you do it right it will be a joy
forever and enhance both you and the house.
if you slop something over the top of the linoleum you will
not be proud if it, it well never be quite right, the grout
joints will probably crack etc... while I was at it, Id use
first rate materials..spend a little extra and create
A few jobs like thatin a run of the mill house can upgrade
the whole house..one crappy job and the entire house takes on
the character of junk.
Sure it canbe done, but I would not recommend it. The base needs to be
stable and the ceramic will be at the mercy of the stability of the linoleum
and it's bond. Ceramic tile is best laid over concrete or a concrete backer
board so that the thinset gets maximum adhesion over a stable surface.
While I personally would rather pull up the linoleum however I did go over
linoleum for freind of mine (his insistance). Its been 2 years now and no
cracked tiles or loose grout. Maybe we got lucky? We did nail the hell out
of the old linoleum first....perhaps this helped. Do what ya gotta do! :^)
it would be easier to install but you are risking cracking.
you could use 1/4 inch cement board as an underlayment
screwed down on top of the linoleum if you cant get it up easy
but this will change the transition height between the rooms
if you just need something fast I would use sheet goods.
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