Flooring and Carpeting/Porcelain Tile

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I am having porcelain tile installed on entire first floor  -- on room has old 9x9 tile:  Can
porcelain be laid over this.   IT IS A MUD JOB.

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Sorry I am tardy with your reply Marlene..your question must have sneaked in when I didn't notice....

Ok your question...well...you are not giving me much in the way of information. First is you mention a "9x9 tile" which doesn't tell me much really, what is this 9x9 tile made of? Is it Ceramic?, VCT, I have no way of knowing based on this tidbit of information. Next is you capitalized "it is a mud job" but I am not sure what your emphasis is telling me. I do not know what a mud job may mean to either you or me as there is simply no context to go by. I do not know what kind of sub-floor you have, you do not mention if this is over a cement slab or over a crawlspace or even a basement. I am never in favor of installing any kind of tile, be it Porcelain or Ceramic, over the top of another existing material as there is too many things that could go wrong and result in a costly failure. I do not know if there is a Sub-Contractor or a family member who is installing what may be a significant amount of flooring based upon what you mentioned (entire first floor) to be covered. Sorry Marlene...I can't help you very much with the limited information presented. Perhaps you can go by what I said about covering "any" kind of material with an additional layer but that is limited information for you in that sense. If you would like to return with additional information I would be happy to add to my response as well.

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Ceramic Tile/Marble. I can answer questions about floor preparation, tile selection, layout questions, performance of products, expectations of finish, compatabilities, questions about grout and epoxies, evaluating an installer, asking the right questions to check competence...more? 33 years this August 2012/ many years in commercial application from exterior finishes to Mall store fronts/ interior finishes like floor packages in stores inside Malls examples: The Limited, Lerner/NY, Lane Bryants, Bombay Co., Now involved in Residential new construction covering all types of interior finishes and designs.

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I worked in an exclusive field of floorcovering called "Tenant Development" which is by invitational bid only, by way of a National bid list. These are large floor packages usually over 3500 sq. ft. of 18" x 18" Marble and Granite and many other types of Marble and sizes. They are specialty stores where the floor package can cost upwards of $50,000 for one store. I have also done "Structure" stores and J. Riggins stores, Lane Bryant,Express and Body Shop stores where wood flooring is used. Presently work for a National Flooring Company in the Residential new construction arena that covers most interior design elements..Granite Slab tops/wood flooring both job finished and prefinished ect..

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