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Question DetailsAsked on 10/27/2013

is it possible to install carpet over existing laminate flooring?

We have a bedroom that has existing laminate"hardwood" flooring. In order to install wall to wall carpeting, is it necessary to strip out the existing laminate first?

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In a single word anwer, No. You may have a higher differential in the floor transition to the next room and depending on the laminate it may be a bit harder to nail down the tackless stips around the perimeter but any good carpet man should be able to handle it.


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Answered 5 years ago by ContractorDon

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Don's answer might have been a bit confusing to you - he said no - that answer was to the question of whether it is necessary to strip out the existing laminate first. The answer to whether it is possible to install carpet over laminate - then that answer is yes.

As Don said, you will be 1/4-1/2" (typically) higher with the carpet at transitions. At a transition from the laminate-underlain flooring to other laminate or hardwood that is not different than a carpet to linoleum or vinyl or concrete transition, and a normal transition strip should handle it find.

However, if you have location where you will be going from the carpet over laminate to a vinyl or linoleum floor, then you are talking about a half to full inch transition - quite a step up. If you have that case, I would suggest you talk to the carpet dealer, and get a one by three foot scrap of the general carpet type you are looking at and the type of padding you would be using, and using double sided carpet tape tape it down at the transition point to test for a week or so - I suspect you will find that much of a step up is too much, and going to be dangerous.

Also, the building code used in most areas, and the ADA code, only allows 1/4" vertical or 1/2" step up if a 2H:1V or flatter transition, so that would be an issue that could be a problem come resale time, as that much stepup would be objectionable to most people. Also, while you could put nail strips in the laminate, the problem is the laminate wouldthen have nails holes all around the perimeter, so it is not likely to be reusable as flooring anyway - so I would recommend tearing it out now unless you plan on staying in the house till the day you die, so you do not have to remove the carpet, then the flooring, then relay carpet come moving time.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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IN MY OPINION THE BEST WAY TO HANDLE THIS SITUATION IS TO USE AN AREA RUG. THIS WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR A TACKLESS INSTALLATION IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO NAIL TACKLESS THRU LAMINATE AND IF YOU DO THE LAMINATE WILL MOST LIKLEY FRACTURE AND BREAK. THE ONLY WAY IT WORKS ON TACKLESS IS USE CONTACT CEMENT DIRECTLY ON THE LAMINATE WAIT FOR IT TO HARDED THEN INSTALL THE CARPET IN THE USUAL MANNER. THIS BY THE WAY IS A TIME CONSUMMING AND LABOR INTENSIVE PROCESS AND WILL RESULT WITH A MAJOR CLEANING AND FINISHING BILL IF YOU DECIDE TO GO BACK TO THE LAMINATE FLOOR. BEST OPTION FOR MY MONEY IS AREA RUG THAT SOLVES THE PROBLEM SO YOU GET TO KEEP THE LAMINATE AND GET A NEW CARPET RUG THAT YOU CAN CHANGE WHEN EVER YOU WANT KEEP IT SIMPLE !!!!!!



Answered 1 year ago by RUGMANONE




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