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Carpet on top of laminate floor?


Our lounge and dinner have been knocked into one, but the two rooms are on slightly different levels (by a couple of inches). We previously had carpet and hated the slope that was present in-between the two rooms. Nowadays we have laminate flooring, which has been packed underneath with the green boards you put under laminate flooring to make the two rooms level. The problem is, I don't like wood flooring in lounges and want to carpet again, but if I do that, the slope will come back - which I hate even more.

Is it possible to lay the carpet directly onto the laminate floor? I know this is a floating floor that is designed to move, but I am unsure if it is possible to screw the gripper to the floorboards through the laminate to make it more sturdy. If not, what is the best option for me?

Thanks for your help

Should I fit skirting before the carpet layer comes round, or after?

We're having a carpet fitted, and we want it running under the skirting boards, not up to (think it looks nicer).
Should we fix the skirting boards first and leave a gap for the carpet fitter to wedge the carpet under? Or wait until it's down and fit the skirts afterwards?

We need a carpet fitted in our lounge; can we have it fitted when we can't empty the room?

We currently have laminate wood flooring in our living room.
We have recently bought a carpet and would like to have it fitted on top.
My questions are:
One: Can a carpet be fitted on top of laminate wood flooring without causing any damage?
And two: We have two large sofas’ that cannot come out of the room. Will anyone fit a carpet with this problem?
Many thanks

How easy is it to re-lay carpet ?

How easy is it to re-lay carpet ? We are moving and the carpet in our current house from the stairs, landing and 3 bedrooms has only been down a couple of years ? We are thinking of pulling it up and re-laying as opposed to purchasing brand new carpets again. Is this cost effective or would we be better off getting new all over again ?

should you carpet the stairs in one long piece or each stair a different piece of carpet

Can a carpet be fitted on top of ceramic floor tiles?

Our kitchen and through dining area is fully floor tiled. Is it possible to fit a carpet on top of the floor tiles in the dining area without removing the tiles?

What happens if you puncture a water pipe?

I employed a carpet fitter to refit some carpet after we had work done in our house. He accidentally put a nail through into a water pipe whilst nailing some new gripper strips to the floor. The tradesman (and us!) didn't know that the pipes were there although it did indicate on the floorboards there were pipes ( he didnt look under the hardboard). He initially told us the leak was already there - water pouring into the kitchen at this point. Did eventually admit responsibility but then blamed us for "dodgy pipes". He tried to walk out but my husband made him stay to locate the leak. We had to organise the plumber to fix the pipe. He now claims the person who put the hardboard down is responsible for the plumbing bill. My question is this - who is responsible and what should happen in this situation? What would other carpet fitters do? Thanks. No additional damage as we turned off water. Just £104 plumber costs.

Lino onto garage concrete floor for utility room area

I will be changing part or a garage into a utility room that currently has a concrete floor in good condition. The garage is built into the house so has the same walls and slab that the house is built on. I want to lay lino and was wondering do I need underlay/insulation/vapor barrier/plywood base? The room will have heating and I don't want to floor to be cold.


Felt back carpet fitted using only grippers - what's the problem?

I have quite severe chemical allergies and need to avoid glues. After a lot of testing I've found I can tolerate felt backed polypropolene carpet, but not underlay, something about it makes me really ill. Have now been told by the carpet supply company that to fit felt back carpet to wooden floorboards we either have to use glue or use underlay with grippers. So what happens if we just have them lay the felt back carpet just with grippers? I've asked them but they do not seem to know, they're just following protocol but don't know why it seems. Anyone here have the answer? Thanks..

Carpet in a room with furniture

I am hoping to carpet my hallway in May and I think it would make sense to do the bedrooms too but I have heard a lot of fitters won't put carpet into rooms with furniture? In both rooms there are fairly solid beds that I can't move out of the rooms alone. I can move the rest of the furniture but these beds will require a bit more strength to move- are there carpet fitters out there that would provide this service for an extra fee?

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