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Laminate flooring

 I need to know if we have to take up our wood flooring before we can add laminate down. I hope that just putting down a good underlayment that has sound reducing capabilities will be alright. Just can't afford the cost of removing wood.

                                                                                                                  Thank you for all your advice,  Flowing

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Posted 2016-01-04T15:15:54+0000  by flowing flowing

Hi flowing,

Thanks for your question and welcome to the community.

If you have solid hardwood flooring that is nailed or glued down directly to the subfloor and it is level, then yes, you can install your floating laminate floor & underlayment directly over it. However, if it is a floated floor, you'll have to remove the planks first so that new laminate can go over it successfully. 

Any nails, screws, or protrusions as well as uneven areas of the existing floors must be repaired first before placing the laminate floor over it. Any transition pieces and floor moulding must be taken out before you install your new floors so that it can be placed down properly.

Also, be aware that you are literally raising the floor, so be aware that you'll likely run into needing floor transition pieces as well as possibly adjusting the height of any doors.

Let us know if you have any further questions,


Posted 2016-01-04T17:18:28+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
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