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Finish vinyl plank floor with wall tile

Frank Hewitt
February 10, 2019
last modified: February 10, 2019

I intend to install vinyl plank flooring over ceramic tile. There is one course on the wall in lieu of baseboard. Need advice on how to finish the edges. Quarter round? Also have a raised threshold about 1/4” taller than the existing tile.

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    Sina Sadeddin Architectural Design

    That tile needs to be removed first. LVP is vinyl, meaning it will form to all those tile cracks. You'll be throwing away money but taking short cuts. Either keep the tile as is or remove before replacing.

    Frank Hewitt thanked Sina Sadeddin Architectural Design
  • SJ McCarthy

    As Sina points out, a vinyl plank will simply telegraph the grout lines through to the final look of the vinyl. To leave the tile in place, you will need to get the entire floor smooth and flat. That means 'filling' the grout lines in cement. Usually contractors will sand the surface of the tile, apply a primer and then coat the entire floor in a coat of feather compound or self-leveling cement. And the cost for that is $2-$3/sf (small spaces are difficult to work and they often have higher price/square foot because they are harder to deal with). Then they lay the vinyl planks normally (installation costs = labour costs JUST to install the vinyl...nothing else).

    The cost of removing the tile = $2-$3/sf. Sigh. Same amount. And with the removal you will get rid of the tile on the wall. Once all of that is done, you can have whatever floor you want in there without worrying about floor heights (the outside floor will be different from the bathroom floor...could be a big issue or not...we don't know).

    I highly recommend removing the tile and starting everything properly.

    Frank Hewitt thanked SJ McCarthy

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