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Can I Install Hardwood Flooring Over Tile?

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    LESLIE: Jodi in Indiana is working on a flooring project. How can we help you with that?

    JODI: Oh, yes. I have a question about my floor. I’m taking out a center wall and I have asphalt tiles on one side, which are the way – really old ones, and I have vinyl tiles on the other. Do I have to remove the entire floor and start over, to put hardwood floors down?

    TOM: You’re going to use engineered hardwood or are you going to use standard hardwood? Is it prefinished? What kind of hardwood is it, Debbie?

    JODI: It’s prefinished.

    TOM: OK. And so you have asphalt tiles on one side and vinyl tiles on the other?

    JODI: Right. Right.

    TOM: Are they adhered well? Are they loose and popping up?

    JODI: No, they’re (inaudible at 0:21:29).

    TOM: There’s no reason you can’t go on top of them then.

    JODI: I guess …

    TOM: They’re not very thick, so they’re not contributing to the thickness of the floor. So you can basically lay your new hardwood floor – your prefinished, hardwood floor – right on top of that.

    JODI: So I can nail through it?

    TOM: Certainly. I don’t see any reason you can’t do that. And some of the prefinished, though, is actually click-together. Is this a nail installation?

    JODI: No, mine has to be nailed.

    TOM: OK. Yeah, I don’t see why you can’t do that.

    JODI: OK. Thank you very much.

    TOM: Alright, Jodi. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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