Need advice about tiling over tile
susanmcgrory
March 17, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We want to use 12x12 inch marble tiles around our fireplace surround. Currently the surround has 12x12 ceramic tile. Our plan is to just tile over the tile. Any problems with this?
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Norm Walters Construction Inc.
It can be done but marble tiles are not easy to set. Normally set with a 1/16" grout line, any amount of lippage, (one tile higher than the other) will show. Just by adding to much water to the thinset can cause problems, it will look good when you set it, then when the thinset dries and shrinks it will have lippage. Unless you have alot of experience setting tile I wouldn't tackle this one. If you decide to do it scuff the existing tile with 60 grit sandpaper and install the new tile with a good modified thin set.
March 17, 2013 at 10:49am     
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susanmcgrory
thanks, we have a tile setter doing the job. The cost of removing the old tile was expensive and he wasn't too interested in doing it. I don't like short-cuts if in the long run results in costly mistakes.
March 17, 2013 at 10:58am     
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Jayme H.
Can't a piece of plywood be put over old tile and new base created to start anew?
March 17, 2013 at 11:00am   
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susanmcgrory
?
March 17, 2013 at 11:04am   
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Jayme H.
Frame it out, make a new base for the new tile vs applying it over existing tiles
March 17, 2013 at 11:13am   
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latifeh
I've heard that doing this might crack your marble in the future
March 17, 2013 at 11:16am   
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Jayme H.
Or I guess it's "backerboard" they use..vs plywood..and IDK which option is better...I would think a new base would be better than trying to tile over tile..but could definately be wrong.
March 17, 2013 at 11:18am   
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Norm Walters Construction Inc.
If you want to be positve that it bonds use an epoxy thin set.
March 17, 2013 at 11:30am   
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Advent Home Solutions Inc
Here's another option for you ... ends up looking like marble and the finish comes in various tones. This is actually a limestone plaster mix custom stained to the clients requirements. It was a red brick fireplace which we installed cement board over & then applied the plaster finish. It looks & feels like one solid piece of stone (during and after photos shown).
April 3, 2014 at 2:44pm   
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Advent Home Solutions Inc
The "in process" shot.
April 3, 2014 at 2:45pm   
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