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Tiling over an engineered wood floor

QUESTION

I’m attempting to remove a glued down engineered wood floor that has been installed over a concrete slab (on grade). This wood is incredibly difficult to remove. This leads me to the question. Using an appropriate multi-bond mortar, is it okay to install the tile on top of this glued-down engineered wood floor?

ANSWER

The existing wood flooring has to come up, and it is hard work to do it. One approach is to use a circular saw to cut strips in floor, and a chipping hammer or stripper to take up glued-down engineered wood, but it can still be difficult and time consuming. There may be a company in your area that does dust-free demo work that you could subcontract it out to or you could try a ride-on Bronco, Terminator or similar battery or propane-powered ride-on scraper – these work very well. 

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