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We have a 19' X 19' kitchen diner that I am looking to refresh. It currently has a tiled floor with royal blue ceramic tiles that I detest, but as money is tight and we are just looking to refresh rather than overhaul do you think we could cover these tiles with vinyl or lino as a stop gap before we look at ripping up the

sorry posted too soon....

before we look at ripping up the whole floor and costing ourselves a fortune to retile?

Rooners Tue 04-Mar-14 10:41:59

I don't think putting vinyl over tiles is going to work long term, as it will have such low adhesion to the tiles and that could cause safety issues.

But temporarily it might be ok.

I feel for you. I lived with some very nasty brick effect tiles on our floor for years before ripping them out. It was bloody hard work but worth every second.

Rooners Tue 04-Mar-14 10:42:57

Need not cost a fortune though - I got end of line tiles at a local warehouse, screeded the floor myself, tiled it myself.

Probably you could do it for £500 in a room that size.

PigletJohn Tue 04-Mar-14 12:37:40

you can roll vinyl over tiles, but the pattern of the tiles and their joints may show though. It would probably not be worthwhile for you to screed it flat but you might consider putting down hardboard which is very cheap. If you hope to spend more later, don't waste much on a temporary fix. Rolls of vinyl do not need to be glued down, they are a bit clammy and hold to the floor. You can use silicon sealant round the edges, which looks neat, stops them moving, and keeps ants out. Leave it down to settle for a week or two first (it will get bigger)

the more luxurious cushioned vinyls are prone to gouge or dent in a kitchen where you have heavy appliances and chair legs, so look at the harder floorings.

AFAIK vinyl is only sold up to 4 metres wide, so you would have a join. Try to put that nearest to the edge of the room and out of main traffic, even if it means you have a joined strip on both sides.

GwendolineMaryLacey Tue 04-Mar-14 12:39:46

I've thought of doing exactly the same thing. My kitchen floor tiles are orange hmm and not in a good way.

Thank you all very much for your opinions and ideas - John I hadn't even thought about grout lines showing through!

Think I might go back to the drawing board as what i had imagined as a nice small job seems to be getting bigger and bigger and as Rooners has pointed out it might be better in the long run to just save a bit bit longer then bite the bullet and whack down a new floor!

thanks for you Gwen - i feel your tile pain

eurochick Wed 05-Mar-14 14:08:33

Yep, the tile shapes will show through over time. People do put vinyl over tiles, but it won't look great in the long term.

piglet is right that in a room of that size you would need a join (when I used to work in flooring, the standard width of a roll of vinyl was 3m but I'm sure there are some that come up to 4m but that still won't be enough for you).

superlambanana Fri 14-Mar-14 14:24:45

Could you paint the current tiles?

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