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ceramic tile over vinyl over cement help please

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I am refinishing my basement. I was planning to put ceramic tile over a good bit of the floor. There are currently 12 x 12 square tiles adhered to the cement floor. With the age of the home, I'm worried that these may contain asbestos. I took up a few of the tiles to see that there is an asphalt like adhesive underneath. My questions are these; can I apply ceramic tile over the vinyl floor tiles? If I rip up the tiles, will I need to rent a grinder to remove the glue before applying the thinset and ceramic tiles ? Lab costs for testing the tiles is about $50 and takes about a week. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

 

 

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I am refinishing my basement. I was planning to put ceramic tile over a good bit of the floor. There are currently 12 x 12 square tiles adhered to the cement floor. With the age of the home, I'm worried that these may contain asbestos. I took up a few of the tiles to see that there is an asphalt like adhesive underneath. My questions are these; can I apply ceramic tile over the vinyl floor tiles? If I rip up the tiles, will I need to rent a grinder to remove the glue before applying the thinset and ceramic tiles ? Lab costs for testing the tiles is about $50 and takes about a week. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

 

get them tested, and I'm pretty sure you can't go over those with tile, you need a clean slate for tile,

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You don't have to remove the glue, you should remove the tile. Many thinset manufacturers make mortars rated to go over old adhesive expect pay $25 /bag.

 

Get the tile tested, not all old tiles contain asbestos, except for the 9'x9" ones- they always do. You should get the tiles tested, not just for you and your family, but so you can inform anyone who works in the house as well.

 

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