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Aug 28, 2013, 09:03 PM
Removing Kitchen Tile

I just bought a condo and it has some seriously orange kitchen tile that I would like to replace with slate or hardwood however the ceramic tile currently runs wall to

1. I am told by 2 floor guys that I have to have all the cabinetry removed before the tile can be removed and replaced.
2. They could not tell me how much this costs or who would do it so .....any ideas?
3. Isn't there a way to just cut out the ceramic and lay down a floor that is flush or lower and covering the gap with a shoe/corneround?

I would attach a picture but the photo is too large to be attached.

Thanks in advance.

p.s. I hate this tile!!!
Aug 28, 2013, 10:05 PM
a proper base for tile is not necessarily the proper base for hardwood. if the tile goes under the cabinets, I can understand the comment, it really should go. ever cut tile freehand? -- you can't get flush up to the cabinets, and it's a mess, punctuated by little glassy shards of the top glaze all over heck and begone.

so that's why you can't just sneak up on it and call it good. betcha you don't have whole tiles flush up to the cabinets, which might make it possible.

sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
Aug 28, 2013, 10:57 PM
They can't give you a price because it's a crap-shoot as to how hard it will be to remove. They are probably correct about the cabinet removal too. (unfortunately for you). Unless the existing tile just barely goes under the cabinets, you're not going to bet the tile out clean.

To remove the tile, rent a medium sized impact chisel. You can try removing tile first by hitting with a hammer - if it wasn't installed on a concrete backer it may just pop right up.

Aug 29, 2013, 07:34 AM
It is possible to cut out the tile even with the cabinets with a Toe Kick saw with a diamond blade.

PS Real wood or slate would not be a great floor for a kitchen.
Slate is a porous brittle stone. You would have to have a really strong flooring system to stop it from cracking. And it very likely to stain or crack when something's dropped on it.

Sep 10, 2013, 03:45 AM
It seem that is a problem but then looking for a good construction man will surely fix that problem.