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Hi all,

Have been a regular visitor to the forum but, as only a keen DIYer, haven't had a lot to contribute so far, so hope it isn't poor form to start off with a question!

We live in a 1930's house and I am embarking on installing new laminate flooring in the hall, kitchen and eventually dining room. Lounge is carpeted so effectively the rest of the ground floor, bar a tiled utility room and conservatory.

Took up the laminate and discovered it is tiled underneath in the hall and kitchen. Tiles are pretty good, one or two cracked, but overall level. The tiles have been laid on fairly thin ply as far as I can tell, no more than 1 cm, which must be over floorboards as I know the lounge has floorboards from when we re-carpeted.

Looks like a big job to lift all the tiles and board to get back to the floorboards. Whilst the hall is fairly narrow, they seem well attached and in the galley style kitchen, the kitchen units and fitted appliances are installed over the tiles.

Could board over the tiles if thats advisable - raising the level isn't a real issue as I am replacing skirting and the transition to carpet has a bit of a step up. Might need to remove one or two cracked ones and replace with a similar tile, or maybe fill the void the self levelling compound/something similar? Or alternatively:

Could remove all the tiles - don't think thats an easy option (especially as we intend to move within 3-4 years), then board over the floorboards.

Would appreciate any advice. Thanks in advance.


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Realise that my suggestion about boarding over tiles is flawed as I wouldn't be able to fix the board down. Guess the options are either XPM type underlay then laminate, or remove the tiles and board as necessary, but would welcome any thoughts from experts!!


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steveswindon wrote:
Realise that my suggestion about boarding over tiles is flawed as I wouldn't be able to fix the board down. Guess the options are either XPM type underlay then laminate, or remove the tiles and board as necessary, but would welcome any thoughts from experts!!


I would say don´t do it. For laminate you need to have even flooring, and if the floor underneath is a mess it won´t work. I think removing the tile would be the best, then install a floating laminate, something with a click system would work well. spam removed. Mod 2.


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