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Can You Put Laminate Or Vinyl Plank Flooring Over Tile?

By Lisa Hobbie Created: January, 2021

  1. Which Vinyl Plank Cannot Be Installed Over Tile?
  2. Which Laminate Or Vinyl Plank Flooring Can Be Installed Over Tile


When considering laminate or vinyl plank flooring, you may be wondering if you can install it directly over tile. Tile can be a difficult product to remove, so it’s often appealing to find a new flooring solution that can go right over it.

Which Vinyl Plank Cannot Be Installed Over Tile?



There are some that can be installed over tile, and others that cannot. For instance, Burke Flooring Luxury Tile is an amazing product that offers an unparalleled selection of beautiful and practical flooring available anywhere that combines beauty and durability. It is also economical and long lasting. Unfortunately, this is not an option if you want a vinyl plank over tile. The finished appearance and performance of this flooring will be determined and affected, in part, by the condition of the subfloor, which must be rigid, finished smooth, flat, level, permanently dry, clean, and free of all foreign materials such as dust, paint, grease, oils, solvents, curing and parting compounds, sealers, and old adhesives residue. A clean concrete or wood subfloor is ideal for this product.

Which Laminate Or Vinyl Plank Flooring Can Be Installed Over Tile?



On the other hand, Boulder Pointe Vinyl Plank over tile, works really well! This vinyl plank requires no underlay, and no acclimation of the subfloor is needed. Each plank is 6 inches wide by 60 inches long and 0.28 inches thick with a 0.5mm wear layer and beveled edges. Each case 6 planks will cover 15 square feet, and it’s ideal for areas not suitable for traditional carpet, hardwood, or cheap laminate flooring.

Before installing the Boulder Pointe or any plank over tile, it’s always a great idea to prepare the tile subfloor to achieve the best results. First, thoroughly clean the floor by sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping the tile. Next, fill in any large cracks or holes to ensure nothing will cause damage to the bottom of the flooring. Use a Portland Cement-based floor patching material such as W.W. Henry 547 Unipro™, DAP “Webcrete 98”, Maipei “PlaniPatch”, Ardex “Featherfinish”, or similar. Gypsum based compounds are not recommended. Once the tile floor is clean, completely dry, and free of large cracks and holes, you’re ready to begin installation - which is as simple a dry lay, click together process.

When installing this luxury vinyl plank over tile, it provides a surface that is durable and attractive, and it is also hygienic, scuff resistant, stain-resistant, and easy to clean. Made of Virgin PVC, it features decorative printed film which displays a decor design - making this also a laminate flooring over tile option. With UV-cured urethane with ceramic bead technology, this product provides superior performance. And with its robust wear layer, it prevents gouges, tears, rips, and indentations.

Cottage Tour SPC flooring is another option for vinyl plank over tile. It is similar to the Boulder Point vinyl plank, in that it can be installed using a dry lay, click together process over any flat floor that has been thoroughly cleaned. It features planks that are 48 inches long and 7 ⅛ inches wide. It is also 7.5mm thick, and each carton will cover 19.12 square feet.



A very attractive wood floor alternative, this vinyl plank system for over tile is farmhouse inspired. It is Floorscore certified with a water shield core. It is also phthalate-free and features beveled edges and a 1.5 mm sound control underlayment. The flooring has reclaimed wood graphics and micro-beveled edges, and it comes in beautiful shades of brown and gray.

This vinyl plank will last for many years over tile with its rigid core technology, waterproof benefits, and 35-year residential warranty.

Latvia Cork Laminate flooring is another great product that is easy to install. Installing laminate flooring over tile is very simple to install using the CorkLoc System if the tile is thoroughly cleaned and dried!



Starting from the right side of the room, the cork boards are latched down without using glue. Press down the next boards to the previous board using a “brick bond”, and lay it on the floor while the new board with the board laid previously in the same row on the leading edge, then, press into the previous row of boards and lower to the floor. Continue this process until you’re finished. It’s that simple!

Not only is it easy to install this laminate flooring over tile, but it features many benefits. It can be used throughout your home, and it adds style and softness to any room while providing a laminate flooring that is abrasion-resistant and water-resistant. Even in a kitchen setting, this flooring will be comfortable and shock absorbing for bare feet - much more than the cold tile subfloor would be. This prevents sore joints, feet, legs, and back. This robust floor reduces the appearance of scratches, scuffs, rough spots, and other imperfections, as well.

The eco-friendly product is made using sustainable methods, and there are several design choices from which to choose. It has excellent thermal insulating properties, as well, so this option for laminate flooring over tile is truly superior.

A Peel and Stick option for vinyl laminate over tile is another product that is simple to install, as long as the subfloor prep process is followed. First, thoroughly clean the floor by sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping the tile. Next, fill in any large cracks or holes to ensure nothing will cause damage to the bottom of the flooring or prevent it from laying flat. Use a Portland Cement based floor patching material such as W.W. Henry 547 Unipro™, DAP “Webcrete 98”, Maipei “PlaniPatch”, Ardex “Featherfinish”, or similar. Gypsum based compounds are not recommended. Once the tile floor is clean, completely dry, and free of large cracks and holes, you’re ready to begin installation - which is as simple as starting in the corner of a room, peeling off the backing, and pressing the tiles onto the existing subfloor.



This faux wood flooring is very economical, and it will not expand like traditional laminate flooring does when moisture is present, as it is very resistant to moisture. It will perform really well with its wear-resistant surface. This product is best suited for basements, kitchens, entryways, garage floors, living rooms, and dining rooms, and it comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

Finally, Max Tiles Raised Floor Tiles, one of the most popular flooring products at Greatmats, is a product that can be installed over tile. Begin with a tile floor that is completely clean and dry. Then, installing this vinyl laminate flooring over tile is a simple, snap-together procedure that almost anyone can do. The panels have 2 sides with female loops, and 2 sides with male pegs. Start by laying your first panel in any corner (male edges required) or garage opening (female edges required) roughly 1″ from the wall. The loops should be pointed in the direction you want to add panels. Place the next panel so that the pegs line up over the loops, and gently step on each panel. You will hear and feel it snap into place. Repeat these steps until your flooring is complete. That’s all there is to it!



This laminate flooring is an option that would work well in virtually any setting, from an office or gym to a basement or kitchen. . . or even a space with old asbestos tiles. It features a stunning, commercial-grade vinyl surface that creates the look of a shiny hardwood or slate floor without the need to ever be refinished.

These raised laminate flooring squares combine performance and durability and allow air to flow underneath. This helps prevent the growth of mildew and mold when and if water is present - such as in a basement setting, and it provides a thermal insulative benefit due to the air pocket beneath the vinyl surface.

For an extra layer of cushioned comfort, a 3 mm thick rubber floor underlayment can be laid over the existing tile subfloor - which also offers sound buffering and additional insulative qualities.

If longevity and durability are among your top priorities when choosing a laminate flooring option for over tile, this one that will float over tile is an excellent choice. When used in a home setting, this laminate flooring's wear layer is rated for 15 years. When used in commercial settings, the wear layer thickness is rated for 7 years. Additionally, the tiles come with a 5-year warranty.

Greatmats - For the best in laminate & vinyl plank flooring!

When it comes to laminate flooring over tile & vinyl plank over tile, Greatmats offers the best. There are so many attractive yet affordable options available, as the products highlighted are only a few of the choices. When you’re ready for laminate or vinyl plank flooring, just reach out to a friendly and knowledgeable agent at Greatmats, and they will help you determine the product that is right for you!
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