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Remodel fireplace - rip out floor tiles?

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Nov 08, 2013, 10:54 PM
quanghoc
Remodel fireplace - rip out floor tiles?
I am remodeling the fireplace to make it look like this

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-k6Q8...92911_finishedfp.gif


I want to change the brick color tiles. But should I completely dig and pull them out or can I just lay the new tiles on top of it? See red circle in the photo. I don't mind the bottom to be a bit taller than the carpet.

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Nov 10, 2013, 03:15 AM
quanghoc
Any thought here folks?

Thanks in advance
Nov 10, 2013, 10:21 AM
Jaybee
There is no reason why you cannot overlay over the existing floor tile. There are a couple of things to consider though:

1. If you are installing a larger sized hearth, then the perimeter of the existing tile is a potential crack area. With two different subfloor surfaces under your new tile, there will be different expansion issues going on.

2. Similar thing - you'll likely have a height difference between the existing tile and the subfloor next to it. If your new material will extend out past the existing you may have to build up the subfloor around the old tile perimeter.

3. Have you tried to remove the old tile? For a small, flat section like this, they usually pop up fairly easily. A hammer and chisel from the side does the trick. Once the old tile is gone you are no longer concerned with the tile edge issue.


Jaybee
Nov 10, 2013, 03:34 PM
quanghoc
Jaybee, thanks for the advise. I was just thinking of a lazy way but I guess pulling it may as well be worth the time. Smile