Can i install ceramic or travertine tile onto Bruce glue down wood floors?

I hate the wood floors my builder installed and want to replace with ceramic or travertine. Wood floors are glue down so I'm nervous about removin...


I hate the wood floors my builder installed and want to replace with ceramic or travertine. Wood floors are glue down so I'm nervous about removing them and potentially destroying sub floor. So I am considering whether I can install the tile onto the existing wood floors. The existing floors are a low end of the Bruce brand oak glue down. I think they are actually engineered…not true solid hard wood. They are thin (not 3/4") I want to manage my cost and want to do it myself. So not sure if removing old floor is a good idea.

No sorry absolutely not. There is to much expansion and contraction in any wood flooring to have almost any other flooring over it.
It will be necessary to remove the wood and some subflooring wil come up but you won t harm the wood enough that you can t easily fix it when you thin set a proper sized ( thickness) of cement board. No vapor barrier is needed at all if your dont a floor. Your wasting time and money by doing so since you ll be nailing or screwing every 6/8" on center any way.
Any questions you can e mail me through my avatar and check my qualifications there.. GL

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4 Responses to “Can i install ceramic or travertine tile onto Bruce glue down wood floors?”

  1. SIMEON S says:

    Thin-set mortar, the stuff that holds the tile down will stick to vinyl. I don't think it will adhere to the varnish on the wood. Thin-set and tile are water-proof, wood floors are not. The wood floor expands and contracts with temperature, more than the ceramic and marble tile. You should remove the wood floor first, put down a vapor barrier, screw down tile backer board and thin-set the tile in place.
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  2. rob s says:

    No sorry absolutely not. There is to much expansion and contraction in any wood flooring to have almost any other flooring over it.
    It will be necessary to remove the wood and some subflooring wil come up but you won t harm the wood enough that you can t easily fix it when you thin set a proper sized ( thickness) of cement board. No vapor barrier is needed at all if your dont a floor. Your wasting time and money by doing so since you ll be nailing or screwing every 6/8" on center any way.
    Any questions you can e mail me through my avatar and check my qualifications there.. GL
    References :
    20 years in flooring as a store owner/installer

  3. rlbendele1 says:

    You will need to remove the wood floor. Then put down concrete backer board. then your new tile. Are you sure the home will support the increase weight of the backer board and tile. The combination will be 7 to 10 pounds per sq ft. That is a 12 x 12 room floor will weigh about 1000 pounds. Before you start you need to check to be sure. You may need to have the home inspected to be sure. One quick way to tell: have an adult stand about 3' away from you, have the person jump up and down. If you feel the floor move, there may be an issue with tile cracking. There are other types of flooring that may also be used if your floor framing is not strong. The most logical flooring may be a better quality wood floor. It could go over the old wood. Or keep the old wood and get large area rugs.
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  4. michael says:

    Best solution is removing the existing wood flooring. You will need to install a backer board before installing the tile. The method for installing is to lay a thin layer of thin-set down first then nail down the backer board on top of it. Using a tape measure find the center of the room and make a chalk line so you have a reference. Lay the tile down dry starting at a intersection of the "cross" made by the chalk line.The idea is to determine if you are centered and to see where your full tile will end. If you do this right all of your edges should about even, if not adjust your lines until they are as even as possible.Once you are satisfied with the layout,you need to mix your thin set until it is approximately the consistency of peanut butter.Start at one junction and spread enough mixture for 2 tiles, if you are happy with that then continue until done.Remember do not tile yourself into a corner,use knee pads, rubber gloves, dust mask, spacers (the smaller the better).
    Use White thin set as to not have the thin set show through the tile.
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    Sold tile and flooring
    Installed a lot

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