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Old 11-17-2011, 04:44 AM   #1
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Laminate over original hardwood


Have a room that I need to finish quickly as a family member will be moving in. Room has original 130 year old wood floor. At some point, the floor will be refinished, but this isn't the time. We want to cover it up inexpensively, so we've decided on a click lock laminate floor. Looking for opinions/advice on the following:

The room is on the second floor of the house and the floors are level. I'm planning on laying down some 4 mil plastic and then installing the laminate. (Family member has a dog that has "accidents", so the plastic keeps undesirables from reaching the floor beneath) I'm going to install the laminate perpendicular to the wood flooring. (Parallel to the floor joists)

1. Does anyone see any issue with installing in this manner? (ie: over the old wood floor, parallel to the joists)

2. It's my understanding that I don't need any type of pad under the laminate. Is that correct?

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Old 11-17-2011, 07:05 AM   #2
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You need the pad or it will 'clap' as people walk over it----

Undercutting the trims to tuck the laminate under them will be a problem when you go to finish the floor later--

I suggest you skip the laminate and consider a sheet vinyl instead---loose laid and stapled at the edges---

Much better solution for a temporary covering that must be 'pee' resistant. The seams in the laminate will trap the urine and stink---as the flooring puffs up and falls apart.

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the best thing you can do for the floor is to refinish it now, you can always do a better job later. any covering will trap urine and cause problems.
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You need the pad or it will 'clap' as people walk over it----

Undercutting the trims to tuck the laminate under them will be a problem when you go to finish the floor later--

I suggest you skip the laminate and consider a sheet vinyl instead---loose laid and stapled at the edges---

Much better solution for a temporary covering that must be 'pee' resistant. The seams in the laminate will trap the urine and stink---as the flooring puffs up and falls apart.
So the vinyl would just float over the floor? What would you do at the seams? Staple like the edges? Any need for an underlayment?
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The rolls are 12 feet wide---how big is the room?
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Old 11-18-2011, 02:14 AM   #6
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The bedroom is 16' x 18'.

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