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Can You Lay Hardwood Flooring Over Tiles?

Updated: 6 days ago

If you’re thinking about renovating your home, one of the questions you may ask yourself is how the interior of your current home may impact the style changes you want to make.

This is particularly the case when it comes to laying hardwood flooring. Since a lot of homes are tiled throughout, many renovators are faced with wondering whether laying hardwood over tiled floors is an option.

The short answer is yes it is!

You can actually lay new timber flooring straight over your tiles. And it’s easier than you might think.

Here’s what you need to know.

Why Cover Your Tiles with Timber Flooring?

There are different reasons why you might want to cover your tiles with timber flooring. Tiles are often firmly attached to the sub floor (commonly a concrete slab) and it can be very difficult to remove the tiles without causing damage to the sub floor which must then be repaired before you can lay down any type of new flooring. Not only is this a hassle, it can also be very expensive and cause your flooring budget to blow out.

Tiles are incredibly durable so they really do last the test of time but if you are renovating your home, the tiled floors can often drag down the look of the renovation or even look out of place altogether. This is because what looked good thirty, twenty, or even ten years ago can look horribly dated. If this is the case for you, it is a far more cost-effective and attractive option to lay down timber flooring over the top.

The Process of Laying French Oak Timber Flooring Over Tiles

The important thing that you need to remember when laying your new timber flooring over your tiles is that the tiled surface needs to be clean, dry, and level.

The Plywood Method

The method for laying timber flooring over your existing tiles is to use ply sheeting. The sheeting is laid over the tiles to create a good surface for the timber flooring to be laid on.

The floorboards are then glued and nailed to the ply. Using the plywood method is the most cost-effective.

Choose an Underlay

You should choose an underlay to go between the tiles and the timber flooring. The point of the underlay is to absorb sound and give noise insulation. Use the highest quality underlay that you can afford.

Remember Floor Height

Don’t forget that laying timber flooring over tiles will actually raise the height of the floor. This needs to be considered with regard to your internal doors as it is likely that you’ll need to adjust their clearance height.

Also take into account the differences in height of different floors. For example, the new timber flooring may be significantly higher than carpeted areas. You may need to create a slope or a clearly defined step in order to reduce tripping hazards.


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