Tile Over Tile – Pros and Cons of Installing Tile Over Existing Tile

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Want to Renovate Your Backsplash? Try Tile Over Tile!

Renovating an existing kitchen or bathroom can be overwhelming, especially the part about removing old tiles which is a messy and heavy job. So, if you want to install a new tile but also want to save time and effort in this DIY project, you can try tile over tile. This method is a great and faster way to give a fresh appeal to the space!

A fresh installation is the most accurate way that ensure the longest life for the tiles. This way you can create both aesthetically and functionally pleasing tile works. However, the hassle, the dirt and the expenses of removing old tiles can take too much time. That’s why installing new tiles over existing ones can give you the visual appeal that you want in a shorter time. But of course, there are some critical points to watch out for. So, what is the best way to tile over tiles? Keep reading if you want to learn more about the pros, cons, and tips and tricks of this process!

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Should you remove old tiles before tiling?

For the best and the most precise outcome, replace old tiles first before placing the new ones. Moreover, for tile installation, the wall or floor must be smooth and if it has uneven surfaces, it is likely to be problematic. On the other hand, if you can’t remove the existing tiles or you don’t want to remove them because of time reasons, you can tile over existing tiles. You have to be certain that the existing tiles have no cracks, gaps or molding. To bring the optimum result, make sure to follow the instructions and finish the process by using hacks and helpful hints!

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Can I put a backsplash over the existing backsplash?

Just like the tile floor, you can also put a backsplash over the existing one! But probably you’re not going to get great results. Laying tiles over tiles will create a thick layer for your backsplash and this problem can block your existing cabinets, appliances, or electrical switches. And as we mentioned, your existing tiles need to have a smooth and even surface. Also, the adhesive used for tile installation does not stick well to glossy surfaces which means, you may not secure the new tiles. So, if it is possible, it is better to remove old tile and start with scratch. But, if it’s not possible and your existing tiles meet the expectations, you can apply this method by following the steps!

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Do you need to waterproof before tiling over tile?

If you have an existing waterproof layer behind the old tiles, you don’t have an additional one before tiling. But if there is no waterproof material, it is better to remove the old tiles, place a waterproof membrane and install your new tiles.

Can You Tile Over Tile?

Let’s start at the beginning. Can you tile over tile? The short answer is yes. When it comes to renovating projects, saving time is always a good idea. If your existing tiles are in good condition, without cracks or moisture, you can install new tiles over the existing ones. However, before deciding the method that you will use for renovation, there are some considerations that you need to know. So, what are the pros and cons of this method?


  • The biggest advantage of tiling over tile is saving time. You need to spend too much time removing the old tiles and this method is a more straightforward solution. With this method, you will get rid of the dirt and rubble formed in the removal of old tiles.
  • Also, the other important advantage of this method is its affordability. With tiling over tile, you can easily reduce the cost of the installation.


  • When it comes to installations of the tiles, the surface needs to be smooth and solid for the best results and existing tiles don’t provide the best surface for the new tiles. The bond between the tiles and the adhesive is one of the most important factors that can provide long years of use. If the surface is uneven, you won’t be able to cover the surface with adhesive properly. And, existing tiles mostly don’t provide a smooth and even surface. So, there is a risk of having water leaks between the layers which can cause damage and moisture.
  • If you will do this procedure, the surfaces of your existing tiles must be in as good condition as possible. Cracks, gaps, pores, or dust on the existing tiles can allow moisture which can cause some problems after the installation. Also, before the installation, you need to inspect the condition of the existing wall or tile floors. If there are any loose tiles, you may consider replacing them before the tiling.

Installing tile over old ones will add any extra height and weight to your wall or floor. Generally, wall tiles are installed on drywalls or plaster and that’s why tiles need to be light and thin. If you double the weight by tiling over the tile, you can cause some damage to your wall. On the other hand, if you are tiling your floor, you will increase the height of your floor with this new layer of tiles. And this new level can block the cabinets, doors, appliances, and furniture.

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How to Install Tile Over Tile? – Step by Step

Starting from scratch by removing old tiles is the best way to create more durable surfaces. However, if you don’t want to remove the existing ones and want to save time, tiling over tiles can be an alternative. For this method you will need;

  • Level
  • Gloves
  • Sponge and Clean Cloths
  • Water
  • Mild detergent
  • Cutting Tools (according to your tile material)
  • Tile adhesive
  • Grout
  • Grout Float
  • Trowel
  • Sealer

1-   Assess the Existing Tiles

If you are not planning to pull out the tiling or simply don’t want to do it, you will have to evaluate the existing tiles prior to the installation of the tile over the tile. If the present tilework offers an even and smooth surface with no cracked tiles, mildew, or moderate discoloration in the current grout lines, your existing tile can be used as a base surface for the new tiles. Nevertheless, it is always better to avoid all these issues and start from a clean surface if you encounter any of them.

Lightly tap the tiles with a wood mallet to determine if there are any loose tiles. If there is a hollow sound that means they are loose, so they are not suitable to use as the lowest level. To search for any deviations from the level, you can use a level. If you find an irregularity, you can grind off the higher areas with a right-angle grinder.

2-   Prepare the Surface

Tiling over uneven or unlevel surfaces will give you a less-than-ideal result. So, you need to level out globs of dried grout with a sander to reach the best result. And if there are any loose tiles, you need to replace them with a new tile with an adhesive before the installation. Once your surface is smooth and ready for installation, lay tiles and cut them according to your wall or floor dimensions, as necessary. For the cutting, different materials may require different cutting tools. For example, if you are using natural stone tiles such as marble, you need to use a wet saw with a diamond blade. On the other hand, ceramic tile can be cut with a simple tile cutter.

Once all pieces are cut, move them out of the way and clean the existing tile surfaces with degreasing soap and sponge. Let the surfaces dry and define the limits of the project area with painter’s tape.

3-   Start Installation

Now, you are ready to start tiling. Generally, thin-set mortar is great for wet areas like bathrooms or kitchens. Prepare your adhesive according to manufacturer instructions, and scoop the adhesive from the bucket with a trowel. Apply a thin layer of adhesive in small sections with the toothed edge of your trowel drawing straight lines along the wet surface. For a tip, don’t attempt to cover all the tile surfaces with adhesive at once to prevent drying the adhesive.

4-   Position Tiles

Set each tile on the adhesive and press firmly with the trowel to the old floor or wall.  Repeat this process until all the tiles are set in place. If your existing tiles are in good condition, you can also apply the adhesive to the back of the new tiles. Once, your tiles are set, let them sit to dry for at least 24 hours.

5-   Grout & Seal

No matter what kind of adhesive, you will need to apply the grout to secure the tiles and provide a protective layer against the water damage. You can a premixed grout to speed up the process or mix the grout by yourself. Prepare the mix, then apply the grout with a grout float. Once you fill all the gaps with grout, wipe down the tile surfaces with a damp sponge and let them sit to dry. For a final step, seal your grout lines with a proper sealer.

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