Flooring Question

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??

12 Answers

Best Answer

No it isn't advisable...both floors are floating floors and both will be moving (expanding/contracting differently)...could cause problems, when they start moving against each other.

Tiles dont float.

Also you may have to cut doors, architraves etc down, which then will be too short if you ever decide to change it again.

But it comes up easy...no stress, little mess :)

Answered 24th Nov 2011

Rebel Carpenter

Member since 24 Sep 2008

There is nothing wrong with putting one panel on another apart from the height. I wouldn't say this is not done properly but it will definitely be a problem with shaving doors etc as you guys said before. I had this once, that customer wanted me to lay 2 layers of panel flooring because he had 2 rooms done by someone before and the level was not right in other rooms. I have used 9mm ply in 2 other rooms. just think about the square meters I had to charge for!! :) not recommended by me personally.

Answered 23rd Oct 2013

Zagon Ltd

Member since 23 Oct 2013

Probably best to take old up first.If a jobs worth doing its worth doing properly

Answered 24th Nov 2011

m w building construction and property maintenance

Member since 28 Sep 2008

You can but be aware that any doors you have might need to be cut smaller, because your raising the floor.

Its better and easier to take old floor up, shouldn't take long and you can dispose of it at your local tip.

Answered 24th Nov 2011


Member since 7 Dec 2010

hi,wood no as it can sweat and buckle , laminate yes as i have done this at least 10 times over the past few years and the only reason against this is the height difference/finishing issues with adjoining flooring [carpets especially] if you use a clic laminate and do have problems u can take up both floors and relay the new one, good luck lance

Answered 24th Nov 2011

woodfloor carpenter

Member since 1 Feb 2009

no laminate will expand and retract there will probably blow

Answered 24th Nov 2011

all aspects of flooring

Member since 23 Nov 2011

As a professional flooring installer, i say it is always best to go back to the subfloor. I.e. remove the existing floor covering and start again. As a few have said the height would be a factor, but the main thing is expansion....and can you be 100% sure the existing floor has been laid perfectly and is completely sound? Its not worth the risk of something going wrong.

Answered 10th Jul 2014

Inspired Floors

Member since 6 May 2014

Yes you can but there's no point the floor is so easy to take up with no mess you would make moor mess going over it as you would need to shave all doors and loose your skirts

Answered 24th Nov 2011


Member since 6 Dec 2010

You should always take the old floor up as it’s a floating floor. Best to do a job right first time

Answered 13th Jan 2018

A B Flooring

Member since 10 Mar 2016

Take the old floor up, if a so called professional fitter came to mine and said it was OK to put laminate on top of laminate then I would show him the way out immediately

Answered 12th Apr 2018

Concept Flooring

Member since 6 Apr 2018

Always best to uplift (especially Laminate as it can be problematic)and check the subfloor, it doesn’t take long and you can be sure everything is as it should be.

Answered 4th Jan 2018

Exquisite Flooring

Member since 2 Jan 2018

You can do this as long as the flooring that is down first is well put down saves some mess
Only down fall
Can cause problems if both floors move
Doors needing cut archs needing cut
Going back to the original floor would have big gaps at the door bottoms
Better just keeping yourself right and lifting the floor and starting again
Keeps you right In the long run

Answered 24th Apr 2018

S B Joinery & Construction

Member since 11 Dec 2017

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