How to Install Laminate Flooring Over a Tile Floor

Can I install laminate flooring over a ceramic tile floor? – Dorothy

Hi Dorothy,

The short answer is yes, you can install laminate flooring over a ceramic tile floor, if the tile floor is in good condition, and the tile are well attached, level, and flat. The process would be the same as installing a laminate floor on a concrete slab.

However, if the existing ceramic tile floor isn’t flat and smooth, or if it has tile that are out of level or have a protruding corner, your laminate flooring will make you feel like you’re walking in a funhouse!

In that case, you can either opt to tear out all the tile and start from scratch, or use a leveling compound on top of the tile floor to even it out prior to installing the laminate.

Good luck with your project,


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    October 1st, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Hi, Becky!
    The steps would be different for your project.
    You’ll need to sand the floor, apply a bonding primer to the surface, and then towel on a floor-leveling compound to fill the grout joints on the old floor.
    Do this to have a completely flat, level surface that will accept the new tile.
    Good luck!

  • Becky Mitchum Says:
    September 29th, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    I am reading that tile must be smooth to accept laminate planks over it. Our tile is slightly textured (think “Mexican” tile). Will it work?

    August 28th, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    We want to install laminate flooring over existing ceramic tile. The tile is in good shape but there are some corners that seem a little high and a couple that are loose. Our local retail store will not install over tile but they have a local contractor who will but witbout a warranty. Help..advice please.

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    July 26th, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Hi, Angie!
    Please include a photo with your question so we can understand the issue.
    We accept photos at
    Thanks so much!

  • Angie Koons Says:
    July 24th, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    My basement floor had linoleum sqares on it then a carpet that has left the glue from the vinyl sqares and carpet. I tried to remove it but cannot get it off. can I install a floating vinyl floor over this?

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    July 8th, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Hi, Michelle,
    You should be fine to install it over the existing flooring as long as there is no visible rotten wood. We suggest gluing the new subfloor with construction adhesive and using screws in a 6-inch grid pattern.
    Good luck!

  • Michelle Says:
    April 21st, 2018 at 6:50 am

    I have an older home built in 1942. The wood flooring is weak and squeeky. Am I able to apply a subfloor on top of this wood or should I remove the planks altogether?

    April 17th, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    I too have saltillo tiling in my home right now and wish to cover it was laminate flooring.. Is it something that can be done for a reasonable cost and can one do it themselves? Thank you.

  • Krista Harmon Says:
    April 2nd, 2018 at 8:52 am

    If installing laminent flooring over tile what do you do if you have a transition to carpet?

  • Ellen Says:
    March 3rd, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    I was told by a large company that they wouldn’t lay laminate or vinyl planking over tile as the warranty would be void. Tiles are smooth, level & flat. Grout is in good condition. I really want to get this done.

  • Lisa Fulton Says:
    July 28th, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    I have Spanish tile “Saltillo” right now in my entire home. Can I put laminate flooring on top of that and if yes what do I need to start my project? Is it easy for me to do it myself.

    February 24th, 2016 at 5:50 am


  • sally varner Says:
    January 28th, 2016 at 12:49 am

    can laminate be installed over backer board ? the tile has been removed there are ridges left from the underlayment.

  • Vannda Says:
    November 4th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I have title right now in my living room and hall way. Can I put laminate flooring on top of that and if yes what do I need to start my project. Is it easy for me to do it myself.

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