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can you lay new laminate flooring over old laminate flooring?

Hi, I want to lay new laminate but cant be bothered with the mess and stress of taking the old up. Is it poss to just lay it over the old? i know you can tile over tiles, so i thought baybe you can laminate over laminate??

my room is 12 foot by 13 foot how do i work out what square foot is for laminate flooring

Whats the best type of tile to use on a kicthen floor

Ceramic or porcelin textured tile?

Seems so many pros and cons for each, I need hardwearing, german shepherd proof and would be grateful for any advice.

Laminate on uneven floor

Hi there

I have a room that is both floorboards and concrete. About 2/3 of the room is floorboard, and 1/3 is concrete (on the edge). Now the concrete is slightly higher than the floorboards, creating a slight dip as you walk over it.

I am going to install laminate using fibreboard underlay.

I realise there may be slight dip and I am ok with this, but in your experiences, would the laminate crack or break in future? I am hoping it does not, especially after using fibreboard underneath.

Thanks in advance

How to lay vinyl floor in bathroom with floorboards

Can a vinyl floor be layed on top of floorboards in a bathroom or does it require an underlay? What kind underlay an thickness would be required. What of the floorboards are even is an underlay still recommended or required?


Does it need to be any special type of plywood? When screwing it down what length screws should I use, how far apart should they be spaced and do you screw through floor board into joist or just the floor boards? Since the floor board are screwed to joist, it would be difficult to locate them plus not enough space as I could potentially hit the screws of the floorboards. The vinyl will be removed every year and replaced, so I don't need it for long term use but currently laying it directly on floorboards gives too much bounce and echo.

Also if laying plywood do i need to leave 6mm expansion gaps between the plwood and walls? How would I cover the gaps since vinyl will simply curve into the gap?

There is no skirting, wall tiles have been tiled all the way down to the floorboard on to a 5mm thick strip of wood. Basically there is a 5mm strip of wood around the edges of the room on the floor boards and the wall tiles have been tiled up to the strip of wood but the wood isn't flush with the tiles in some places it sticks out about 4mm. I'm thinking of getting a stanly knife and cutting the wood fluss. If I lay the ply do I now need to leave a gap between the ply and the strips of wood around the edges or is that not necessary. If I leave a gap then the vinyl wond sit flush to the edges. When I phoned a flooring merchant, he said I needed 9mm ply or is he just trying to sell me something that's going to cost more. Thanks for your help.

I've grid the boards with screws 150mm apart - its a lot of screws! It seems ok but I was just wondering whilst i understand glue used in exterior ply is water resistant the surface of the ply wood clear isnt water proof - it soaks up water. I know I'll be laying vinyl on top but I was just curious to make these ply boards waterproof/moisture resistant is there any kind of sealant that can be applied which wont adversly delaminate the plywood sheets?

When i've dropped water on the ply i've noticed it soakes up water. Does plywood need to be layed on a specific side? I bought two sheets on one sheet one of the sides appeard more smoother than the other. The other sheet I couldn't really tell the difference between the two surfaces?

Additional 2

Once again thanks for all your help. I'm just doing the finishing touches where I need to fasten a vinyl/carpet edging trim along the door. Unfortunately at the juncture between the vinyl and the carpet, the floor where the edging trim sits, there is gap between the floorboards so I'm unable to screw the trim. I was thinking of gluing it down. What kind of glue do you use to glue a metal trim to floor board?

Laying laminate flooring under skirting board

We had a company lay laminate flooring throughout our ground floor about 9 years ago. At that time they installed beeding along the skirting board, as they advised I would need to replace the skirting altogether if i wanted the laminate to lie under it.

However, I now understand there is a tool available that can slice the bottom rim of existing skirting so that the laminate can be positioned under it. How significant a job would this be?

I have three good sized rooms and a hallway to cover.

is it better to put new skirting boards on before or after laying laminate flooring?

I'd like to install solid wood floorboards on concrete. What's the best way to do it? adhesive, chipboard?

How many packs of laminate flooring would I need to cover 15ft by 18ft?

How many packs of laminate flooring would I need to cover 15ft by 18ft?

Is it possible to remove newly laid engineered wood flooring without destroying it?

I had engineered wood flooring laid in my kitchen/dining area. In one area of the room the floor dips to a lower level as the floor in this area is slightly lower. I should have had the area levelled before the flooring went down but the fitter assured me it would be fine. It was fine at first but ive noticed some of the boards move when I step on them and its starting to bother me.

How easy or difficult would it be to have the boards in the dipped area removed, floor levelled, then boards re installed, or potentially replaced of necessary?

Many thanks.

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