Can you tile over tiles? What are the pros and cons

White tiles over blue mosaic tiles
(Image credit: Steven Jenkins)

Can you tile over tiles is a question that DIYers often ask and the simple answer is yes you can, but it’s not always that straightforward or advisable. There are scenarios where tiling over tiles is a good choice and as you might expect there are times when it's not such a good move.

Knowing when and where to tile over tile makes sense. If you're tiling a wall where the tiles below aren’t fit for purpose then you’ll probably be looking at an expensive DIY disaster. But if the area you want to tile is in good condition then there’s a good chance tile on tile is going to be a success.

But it's still not that simple, so we are here to help put your mind at rest and give you the answers you are looking for. 

Can you tile over tiles? The pros and cons explained  

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.