Lay linoleum on tiles - is that possible?


Because of its durability and longevity, linoleum is sometimes also used in households - even if you can hardly find it there today. Whether you can lay linoleum as a refurbishment measure on a tiled floor, read here.

Linoleum must be laid professionally

Although linoleum is a very durable and unproblematic floor covering, it really needs to be professionally laid. This always requires a little expertise and experience. If you do not feel comfortable laying it yourself, you should have it done to a specialist.

As a refurbishment you can of course also lay linoleum on an old tile floor. You will then get a foot-warm, soft floor covering with very good properties. But especially with tiles as a substrate, you must first pay attention to a few things.

First check the tiled floor for the following properties:

  • is the tiled floor completely flat and in the balance?
  • Are the tiles all the same height, or are there height differences?
  • Are individual tiles possibly badly damaged?
  • Do all tiles adhere well to the substrate? Check this with a rubber mallet.

If the tile mirror is flat, level and undamaged, and there are no tiles or tile parts, you can get laid.

Laying: level ground is important

It is best to use a smoothing screed, which you should use here on a cement basis, to create a really even surface. Be sure to follow the instructions.

You can then professionally lay your linoleum on this newly created substrate, and then attach the wall connections. Make sure, however, that the putty has previously dried sufficiently to avoid reacting with the adhesive and any unevenness.

Tips & Tricks

You need to work as quickly as possible when linoleum is laid because linoleum adhesives set very quickly.


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