Tiling Question

Is it better to tile over or remove and replace tiles?


My kitchen already has 2 layers of tiles and now i want a new look and want to change the tiles.

I feel as though i want to remove all the tiles replaster the area (if needed), is this the best approach??

Any advice would be appreciated. :)

5 Answers

Best Answer

Hi, yes it will be a positive move to remove all the tiles and get back to the base walling. You will gain room a little and cut out the risk of expansion of so many layers and cracking. If the plastering is bad take it off and then apply a tile board instead of plaster and tile over that if you are worried about plastering.

Answered 15th Feb 2012

PB Design & Build

Member since 9 Feb 2009

It would be better to remove old tiles & re-plaster if needed,however it is possible to tile over existing tiles but you must make sure you use tile on tile adhesive.

Answered 15th Feb 2012

m w building construction and property maintenance

Member since 28 Sep 2008

yes the only way to go

Answered 15th Feb 2012


Member since 7 Jun 2008

If you are on about wall tiles then yes you should remove them.What a lot of people dont know,or choose to ignore is that all wall surfaces have a limit to what they can take in weight before the surface gives way.For example,a plaster board wall will take around 32kg per m2.if there is plaster on the board,the limit would come down to 20kg per m2.Both of these examples would include 2-3 kg of grout and adhesive per m2.So whatever your wall is made of,a 3rd layer of tiles could be pushing it.Get the old ones off for a quality job.

Answered 15th Feb 2012

Roc builders

Member since 25 Aug 2011

Hi the best coarse of practice would be to remove both layers of tiles & start a fresh re-plaster the walls to get the best results, then apply your new tiles as desired.

Answered 15th Feb 2012


Member since 15 Feb 2012

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