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Installing ceramic tile over vinyl will work just fine. Actually there are many materials that will make a good base for installation of ceramic tile That being said, any surface used for a base for ceramic tile must be treated in a certain way or you're headed for trouble. No matter what you install tile over, you must be careful to get the surface preparation done correctly.

You can install tile over many surfaces including linoleum or vinyl. Tile is often installed over plywood, brick, wall board, even over old tile. Most any surface that's flat, smooth, clean and solid can be used as a mounting surface. But these surfaces require different treatment before tile is applied. Maybe the number one concern when applying over any surface, including vinyl, is do you have a solid surface.

If the surface moves, you must stop the movement with braces or some other method. A bouncing surface will not work. A base that moves will lead to a cracked tile surface. You must have a solid surface. Many vinyl floors are padded or cushioned. These floors will flex and crack tile applied over them. Now there is a way to install over a cushioned floor.

The way to solve this problem is to cover the home flooring with either plywood or cement board. Cement board will actually solve many movement problems. Cement board is often used as a backing by professionals, since it's very rigid and is a great surface for accepting tile adhesive. This is an excellent preparation for installing ceramic tile over vinyl.