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How to Install Laminate Flooring Over Tile

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    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.

    LESLIE: Errrrrrr.

    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.

    LESLIE: What?

    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?

    LESLIE: No.

    TOM: No, no.

    MELINDA: 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?

    MELINDA: Yeah.

    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?

    LESLIE: Mm-hmm.

    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.

    LESLIE: Yeah.

    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.

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