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Laminate installation is a very easy thing to do. There are many laminate options too:
- Glueless laminate flooring: These laminate floors snap together at the edges
If you're installing laminate on grade, below grade, or in other areas subject to moisture, you'll also need a thin plastic underlayment to prevent seeping moisture from below.
- Laminate floorings with underlayment attached: These glueless planks come with an included underlayment
- Glued laminate flooring: there are great DIY guides as well. You SURE CAN install laminate over wood and even radiant heating systems too.
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Answer It shouldn't be done. Part of the instalation process is testing for humidity and you won't be able to get an accurate reading. It should be places righ…t on top of the concrete floor under the laminate flooring with a layer of padding and vapor barrier plastic in between. I prefer to get them as one piece, less work. Taking out the laminate is also important to identify any uneven spots in the floor and then to fix them. Taking up the laminate is a quick process with the right tool.
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The foam pads used for laminates are often moisture barrier's. By not allowing the moisture from the concrete anywhere to go, it will trap it with the wood parquet. Wet wood s…wells and will cause the laminate to fail. For this reason, laminate should not be laid on top of parquet which is on a concrete subfloor.
Yes. Assuming that it is a floating floor (ie:Pergo), you can install it over any solid surface. You could also install a glue down laminate as long as you used the ap…propriate sized glue trowel.
Yes, but you need to lay the floor the opposite direction of the old one.
I've done it many times. Make sure the original layer of wood is nailed tightly to the subfloor so that it doesn't squeak. Ideally you would go perpindicular to the… original flooring, especially if it is Fir which has very loose milling. If you go the same direction as the Fir, you are married to the same vertical problem of movement that is inherent in that product. A layer of 30# felt helps reduce that movement problem. Most people want to lay it the same direction, because that asthetically looks the best, which is why they layed it that way in the first place. Summary: lots of nails in original floors to stabilize, 30# felt for movement if it's Fir
NO. There are a raft of issue if you do. The biggest is the after cost of getting it all redone. The laminate is sitting (normally) on a material like subfloor that stops it m…oving. The floors expansion and contraction will be at a vastly disffering rate to the wooden top floor ao cracking and splitting will happen. The laminate needs to come up. Then get to the subfloor itself. This needs to be clear of ANY debris, small holes and inperfection sorted out and a levelling compound used to ensure the floor is level. If the floor is a wooden one (assuming its a floor not made of concrete) then its wise to cover it in a ply wood about 5 mm thick at a 90 degree direction to the way the boards benare running. This need to be SCREWED down - many use nails but these WIll work loose over time and the woodne flooring will start to become uneaven. Ensure that any issues with the joists are sorted before this is done also as its not the best time to find an issue 3 weeks after the floor is layed. The wooden flooring can be the secret nails to the ply or some now use nail and adhesive (I prefer the latter ) If the floor is a concreate floor it needs to be sealed and completely clean (no little stones or ridges of loose debris). Most people will then use a resin based adhesive to fit the wooden floor down. BUT check with the floor supplier on the type of compund to use as some people will try a water based compund and the wood drinks this in and weeks later when drying occurs your calling the bulder to rip the floor out that split everywhere.
Yes, you can install a laminate floor system over existing hardwood floors. Just be sure that the existing hardwood is pretty smooth or the hump in the floor will transf…er through. You must use a vapor barrier over your existing hardwood to reduce sound as well as moister transfere between two floor systems. Be sure to let your new floor acclimate to your room temp. for at least 48 hrs. this is especially important if you are installing floor in the winter.
You can; although you may want to use either tar paper or something else to reduce "Squeaks". Remember also that installing a new floor over the existing one is going to raise… the new floor up by up to an inch (depending on the flooring); therefore you may be creating trip hazards or other problems.
Firstly, you have to make sure the structural condition of the old laminate floor is sound. If it is not, then you would need to make repairs to ensure it is as solid as possi…ble. You can easily damage your laminate floors by laying them on a weak foundation. You can either damage the board or the connecting joints. Once the old laminate floors are structurally sound, you can proceed with laying the new laminate floors as you would on any other flooring. Make sure you use the correct underlay. In this case, foam underlay would be suitable and it would be the most cost effective. Laminate flooring is the best option for rejuvenating a living space. It is cheap, easy to install and easy to maintain.
No, laminate is floating type of floor installed over an insulation pad. Hardwood floor has to be nailed, stapled or glued to the subfloor. If you do manage to install har…dwood on top of laminate sooner or later your Laminate floor will expand due to high temperature or humidity and it will create gaps between hardwood planks.
Not a good idea. If you are going to the expense of good hardwood flooring, do it right.
To avoid bending of the laminate flooring, it must be installed over a hard, smooth surface. Take up the carpeting and padding, ensuring to remove all staples. Subflooring nai…ls and screws should be made flush with the floor. Use a scraper to scrape up any glue and staples from carpet padding. Sweep the floor thoroughly. Failure to properly prep the space will result in a laminate that will very soon be irreparably damaged.
You can but it would not be recommended. It would be beat to insure there is proper under layment before putting new floor down. Be sure to follow manufacturers recommendation…s in regards to foam or tar paper prior to installing laminate floor. This will help keep the floor quiet over the life of the floor. - No linolium is a very smooth surface product which will cause laminate to slide and eventually cause joins to fracture. All laminates should be on a sound sub flooring with an anti slip membrane places under it. The subfloor should be checked for level and solidness - holes and divertes need to be filled. If the subfloor is wooden then loose boarding need to be SCREWED down not nailed so that these boards do not cause squeaking and movement.
No, for several reasons. Laminate is a non porous surface which will not allow cement products to bond. Laminates are wood based products that are most typically "floating". T…hese floors move a great deal. Ceramic needs a very sturdy, supportive base. It should be said though, laminate is typically a very easy floor to take up.