Tiling Tiles on Tiles: Renovating Tiles

Tiling Tiles on Tiles: Renovating Tiles

Tiles have been a standard covering in the bathroom for years. Meanwhile, they can also be found in other parts of the house: in the kitchen, in the hallway, even in the living room and bedroom. When renovating the bathroom or kitchen, the tiles must be renewed frequently. In most cases that means a lot of work, because the removal is not easy. It costs time, effort, money and produces a lot of building rubble. Builders and renovators can save this work by laying tile on tile. The only condition is that the old tiles are still fixed and have been laid without a cavity.

Which renovation options are available for the tiles?

At some point, homeowners reach a point when they are no longer satisfied with the sight of their tiles. Or you buy a property with tiles from the 1960s, which do not meet today's design requirements. These two cases are in need of refurbishment - and these can be done in several ways today:

  1. Laying Tile on Tile : As part of the first method discussed in this article, you place the new tiles on the tile old. The advantage is that you do not have to refuse the old tiles. However, the size of the room is minimized.
  2. Tile painting : If the design of the (old) tiles bothers you, you can change it with a new coat of paint. This is a relatively simple, easy-to-carry-out renovation that any DIY enthusiast can do on his own.
  3. Tiling over tiles : You can cover tiles with different products. These include the already mentioned tiles but also stickers and stickers. Stickers and stickers allow home improvement to completely or partially cover tiles.

The first renovation option offers the best solution for people who want new tiles without having to remove the old tiles.

Laying Tile on Tile Saves Money and Time

Builders understandably looking for measures to save costs and time in a bathroom or kitchen renovation. This is usually not possible when renewing the tiles. Because every tile has to be cut off in laborious manual work and later relocated. What tiles can cost, we have already described in this article. The price consists of:

  • Price for tiles
  • Price for material
  • Price for additional works
  • Poss. Price for tilers

Costly as well as time consuming is the tapping of the tiles and the preparation of the area. Do-it-yourselfers have to do this on their own or they leave the task to the tiler, who naturally demands money for it.

If you place a tile on a tile, you will save yourself this additional effort. The tiles are not cut off. Instead, the old tiles are pasted over with new tiles.

Preparatory work

  • Tiefgrundroller
  • Arbeitshandschuhe
  • Spirit level
  • Tile pencil
  • Joint Smoother
  • Tile Crosses & Wedge
  • Tile Cutter
  • Rubber Hammer
  • Sponge
  • Ladder
  • Protective goggles
  • Cleaning bucket
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Drilling machine with helical stirrer
  • Smoothing trowel
  • Cartridge & caulking gun
  • Tile cleaner
  • Tile adhesive
  • Tile
  • Masking tape
  • Bonding primer
  • Masking tape

Before work in the bathroom or kitchen can begin, all equipment and sanitary objects must be removed or protected with films or other means. Furthermore, it is important to disconnect electric cables to prevent accidents.

The door leaf may interfere with the laying of tiles. We recommend that you unhook it before starting work.

Now comes a thorough inspection of the old tiles. With their help, do-it-yourselfers determine whether the room is even suitable for pasting new tiles on old tiles. For checking, do-it-yourselfers pick up a rubber mallet and pick up all the old tiles. A hollow sound indicates that the tile has to go out. These tiles can be marked with a pencil.

Laying tiles on tiles requires thorough cleaning. For this you use lye or alkaline cleaner. Do-it-yourselfers should take a lot of time to clean up, as mistakes in this step can have a negative effect on the overall result.

After cleaning, the surface is primed with a primer. Then do-it-yourselfers can also trowel the tiles with a flexible tile adhesive. The scratch-coat has the advantage that it prevents the tiles from slipping.

Laying tile on tile

After the first preparations, laying can almost begin. Do-it-yourselfers can make their job easier by organizing the materials and tools on the construction site and adjusting them accordingly. The tiles should always be taken mixed, for safety's sake at least three packages. In this way, do-it-yourselfers are sure that any color differences are not visible. All tiles are subject to a tolerance that allows small color differences between tiles.

Now begins the actual tile: Who wants to tile floor and walls, should start with the latter. Narrow, cut tiles always belong to the edges. The large pieces are laid in the lower area because they are heavier.

For the tiles, flexible adhesive is needed, which is mixed according to the manufacturer's instructions (on the product packaging). For stirring do-it-yourselfers need a helical stirrer on the drill. After mixing, the glue has to mature for a while. As soon as it is ready to use, do-it-yourselfers only have the opportunity to process it for a certain period of time.

Now follow the following steps to bond the tiles:

  • Apply tile adhesive to the wall with a smoothing trowel
  • Press the tile into the adhesive bed and move it slightly to fix them
  • Align the tile with a spirit level
  • Place tile wedges or crosses to maintain the joints

A challenge with tiles are openings for light switches, sockets or water connections. To make these, a hole saw for tiles is needed. The hole is removed with a folding rule and recorded directly on the tile. When drilling, make sure that you cool the hole saw with water. For rectangular cut-outs, an angle grinder can make work easier.

When drilling, you can place the tile on a rigid foam board. In this way you do not damage the material underneath the tile.

Finally grout the tiles

Once all the tiles have been placed on the old tiles, all you have to do is remove the tile crosses and wedges from the joints. Finally, check that there is no tile adhesive left on the tiles.

For grouting, joint grout in the desired color is used. It is suitable for both floor and wall tiles. Grout mortar should ripen for about three minutes until it can be put on a joint board with a trowel and applied to the tiles. The mortar is always applied diagonally to the tiles to evenly distribute the joints.

Once the mortar has dried, clean the surface with a sponge and clean water. Of course you should not wash the mortar out of joint. If a cement film remains on the tiles, it can be removed by polishing the surface with a clean cloth.

After grouting, plumbing silicone is used. Equipped with a cartridge and a caulking gun, the silicone is evenly applied to the transition joints.


Tiles can be easily glued to old tiles. But this is only possible if there are no cavities and the old tiles are in good condition. The laying of the tiles is no different from the conventional procedure.

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