How to Install Laminate Flooring Over Tile
LESLIE: Melinda needs some help painting a floor, which is an unusual concept. What can we help you with?
MELINDA: Hi. I have a white, tile floor in my kitchen and I want to paint it.
LESLIE: Like a ceramic tile?
MELINDA: Yes, ceramic tile.
TOM: Yeah, you can’t do that.
TOM: What was your second idea, Melinda?
MELINDA: I don’t know. (Tom chuckles) I don’t have a second idea. I’ve already bought the stuff. I thought I was just going to do this.
TOM: You can’t paint a tile floor. Not going to stick.
LESLIE: I mean you can try. It’s not going to stay.
MELINDA: It won’t?
TOM: (overlapping voices) No, it’ll be miserable.
LESLIE: (overlapping voices) No.
MELINDA: Even with polyurethane over it to seal it on?
TOM: No, no.
TOM: Melinda, put the paint brush down and step away from the floor, OK? (chuckles)
MELINDA: Away; step back. OK.
TOM: That’s not the way to solve it.
MELINDA: Well …
LESLIE: I mean it …
TOM: Let’s talk about some other options though, OK? Now, what don’t you like about the floor?
MELINDA: It’s white.
TOM: It’s white. OK? And how about the grout?
MELINDA: The grout is black. (chuckles)
TOM: Black, OK.
MELINDA: And it’s supposed to be, I’m sure, you know – I bought my money pit with a white tile floor, black grout.
TOM: Right. OK. And what color were you hoping to make it?
MELINDA: I was just going to go with tan; you know a light off-white, creamy color.
TOM: Why don’t you think about this? Why don’t you pick up a laminate floor?
TOM: A laminate floor is an easy floor to install, it’s not terribly expensive.
LESLIE: It goes right on top.
TOM: It could look like stone, it could look like tile, it could look like hardwood. It could look like anything you want. There are thousands of different patterns now.
MELINDA: Now I can lay that right on top of there?
TOM: Yep, no attachment. The weight of the product holds it in place. You may have to do a little bit of trimming against the wall, just with a little bit of quarter-round molding or something like that, a little shoe molding. But other than that, it’s a piece of cake to put in and it looks great.
MELINDA: Well, that sounds like a plan.
TOM: Alright. Good.
MELINDA: Thank you so much.
TOM: Save your paint brush for another project.
MELINDA: I will. I’ll find something to do with it.
TOM: (chuckles) Alright, Melinda. Good luck with that. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.