How to Put Laminate Flooring Over Linoleum Tile

Updated April 17, 2017

Laminate flooring makes an ideal choice to put over linoleum tile. As long as the existing flooring is in good shape, laying laminate flooring over it is an easy process and with a variety of styles and colours to choose from it will provide a quick and easy update to old, dated linoleum flooring.

Check the linoleum tiles for good adhesion to the floor. Use a vinyl adhesive on any tiles that are loose and reglue them to the floor.

Fill any low spots (more than 1/4-inch in depth) with a self-levelling floor leveller. Read the back of the package to make sure it is designed to adhere to a vinyl or linoleum tile.

Pull up any shoe moulding that is present in the area to receive the laminate flooring. Use a hammer and small pry bar. Try and remove it intact so that it can be replaced after the new flooring is installed.

Sweep and vacuum the floor to remove any debris present.

Install the laminate floor underlayment. Do not skimp on quality here. Buy the thickest underlayment you can find and make sure that it is rated acoustical. This will help keep down any noise made from walking on the tiles. The linoleum tiles under the laminate flooring will produce a louder sound than plywood sub-flooring.

Start installing the laminate flooring along one wall and work your way to the other end of the room.

Replace the shoe moulding along the baseboards. Since laminate flooring is a floating floor system, or a floor system that is not mechanically fastened down with nails or glue, the only thing keeping it in place is the shoe moulding.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinyl adhesive
  • Floor leveller
  • Hammer
  • Pry bar
  • Underlayment
  • Laminate flooring
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Vance Holloman is a residential contractor and freelance writer living in Atlanta. Much of his writing centers on the expertise he has gained from two decades in the construction industry. His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and numerous online sites, including and "Auburn Plainsman." Holloman has a Master's degree in business from the University of Maryland.