Hello, I am redoing my kitchen and the floor slopes downward from one side
to the other. It is out by about an inch in height from from 10 feet across.
Would self-levelling cement fix the prob? Also, can you lay tile over
existing ceramic tile or should it be removed.
It would be best to find out why it is uneven. Leveling compound will
What kind of construction do you have? is it on a slap or do you have a
basement or crawlspace under it. How old is the home, how long has this
been a problem? What kind of soil conditions in the area? What kind of
foundation do you have? Are there cracks in the walls or ceiling?
Well I've decided forget about the levelling cement. The house is 57 years
old there is a basment with a poured foundation.
My problem is that because the one end of my cabinet is shimmed so high the
kick plate is'nt high enough to cover up under the cabinets.
I'm going to get some pine, stain it the colour of the cabinets and cut it
so that it is angled with the floor and the bottom cabinets are covered
With a basement there, I would consider two things.
1. has the settling stopped. I would hope it has on a 57 year old home,
2. Can it be corrected by careful jacking and proper support. For this
suggest you consider getting the in person advice of a structural engineer.
You don't want to create more problems.
We remodeled a garage into a casita. The floor slopes, but no one really
notices. The recliner swivels around on its base by itself, and the
fishbowl is minutely out of level. The fridge, cabinets and countertops
are level. Other than that, it's not worth the hassle for the stuff that
sits on the floor. Besides, IMNSHO, it is impossible to lay concrete that
thin to put a topcoat on there and taper it from one inch to zero without
having the concrete sluff off at some future time. Maybe tiling over it
would make it work, but it would be an expensive experiment.
As for removing the tile, yes, yes, yes. You will get arguments about
tiling over old tile and roofing over old roofing. You believe one way or
the other. I like to strip it down to the base and start from hard rock. I
did go buy a $20 HD air chisel when doing mine, and it whisked right through
tile, and a couple of layers of flooring and the adhesives, too. A noisy,
messy job, but we covered it with travertine, so wanted a good floor.
Do it once. Do it right. (my motto) Nothing I hate more than finishing a
job, and regretting taking a little more time on it, or skimping on
something that made a difference in the end results.
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