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can you lay new laminate flooring over old laminate flooring?

Anonymous user 23 November 2011 - 7.33 PM

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?? thanks

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Anonymous user

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 :)

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24 November 2011

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Rockbow Ltd
Rating: 5 out of 55522 reviews
Southsea

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.

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23 October 2013

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Anonymous user

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

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24 November 2011

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Anonymous user

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.

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24 November 2011

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Anonymous user

no laminate will expand and retract there will probably blow

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24 November 2011

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Inspired Floors
Rating: 5 out of 55527 reviews
Ramsgate

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.

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10 July 2014

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Woodfloor Carpenter
Rating: 5 out of 555112 reviews
Crawley

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

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24 November 2011

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Anonymous user

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

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24 November 2011

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Parker Flooring
Rating: 5 out of 555239 reviews
Glasgow

As with all the other replies, technically the flooring should be lifted this is the correct action to take. However in the past I did do this for a customer at their request and only after explaining the implications. Their sub-floor was uneven I recommended the old flooring be lifted and they should ply the sub floor however as this would add to the cost of the job, they requested I lay the flooring on top of existing flooring at their own risk. I have returned a year later to fit an additional floor in their house and there had been no issues.

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18 May 2019

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A B Flooring
Rating: 5 out of 5552 reviews
Waltham Cross

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

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13 January 2018

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Concept Flooring
Rating: 5 out of 55564 reviews
Manchester

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

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12 April 2018

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Anonymous user

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.

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4 January 2018

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Anonymous user

Go back to your subfloor not advisable to lay on top as many have previously said height expansion etc comes into play

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4 January 2019

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ADS Kitchen Fitters
Rating: 4.8 out of 54.8526 reviews
Huddersfield

It’s best to take the old flooring up and then it will be done right. If the flooring below moves a lot from the one on top it could cause problems and it’s not a proper job.

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11 December 2018

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S B Joinery & Construction
Rating: 5 out of 5554 reviews
Ballymoney

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

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24 April 2018

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Anonymous user

It's not advisable, I would strip it back and start a fresh

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11 December 2019

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Res Property
Rating: 5 out of 55513 reviews
Liverpool

It’s best to take the old laminate flooring up first , it’s doesn’t take long. Laying one of top of the order can be more time consuming when you have to remove all the doors and trim the bottoms.

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18 May 2020

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Flooring Pro

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Luton

It is not recommended.

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1 October 2019

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Clarke’s home improvements

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Walsall

I’d say no, for the amount of time taken to remove old flooring it would makes laying the new flooring easier and prevents any problems with movement and heights

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24 March 2022

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CJs flooring

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Northolt

I would say no I would always suggest removing the old flooring to stop any problems also its a floating floor so you shouldn’t lay on top of the laminate

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5 April 2022

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Anonymous user

No i would remove it and start fresh ,could mean cutting doors down and could just cause a hole load of problems .not advised .

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28 July 2022

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cmw floors and wetrooms
Rating: 4.9 out of 54.95196 reviews
Frinton On Sea

Hi Annette, as a floorlayer of 40+ years, ABSOLUTELY NOT......!!! You may be fine for a while, but expansion, `sweating`, loads of cons, which vastly outweigh the one plus of `can`t be bothered`. If you aren`t able, a cheap labourer will have that up in a few hours. Hope this helps, Chris M-W.

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4 November 2022

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Kindle tiling and flooring
Rating: 5 out of 5551 review
Clevedon

Personally if you would like a professional job I would take the old laminate up, it doesn’t create to much mess disposing of the old. If you kept the old laminate down all you would create is movement in the flooring itself. Also laying on top creates more work as I can imagine you would need the doors shaved etc... I also wouldn’t advise laying on top of old tiles for future projects.

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3 December 2019

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Anonymous user

I would advise against this, it’s a floating floor and isn’t fixed to anything and where the old stuff is removed leaves a gap for the new floor under the skirting boards. Doesn’t take long to rip out old laminate anyway, plus you’d be cutting out more of the door cases and skirting boards.

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21 June 2021

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Anonymous user

It’s not recommended as it’s very little mess to remove and going over the top will cause a bigger step in the door ways

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4 July 2022

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Anonymous user

I wouldn’t advise it personally, over time the existing laminate will have moved/expanded with every day wear and tear or if it has been exposed to water for a long period of time. Best thing to do is take it up and start again in my professional opinion.

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20 February 2024

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