|Posted by nicktheplumber on December 04, 2003 at 01:16:38:|
|In response to Re: Kitchen floor underlayment|
Some older resilient tiles contain asbestos. Have an expert check out your tiles in situ, or chip off a small piece and send it to a lab for analysis BEFORE you do any tile removal. Asbestos tiles can be a health hazard, and if you have them you are advized to either, 1) leave them in place and cover them up with the new floor; or, 2) bring in an authorized asbestos abatement contractor to remove them properly.
There are several ways to lay ceramic tile on an existing floor. The major concern is that your kitchen floor be solid and stiff enough to sustain the tile. If your floor is not solid enough, your tiles and/or the grout between them will crack. In many cases, the floor joists will need extra blocking, sistering, etc.
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