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Old 10-07-2011, 04:29 PM   #1
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Trying to pit laminate flooring in a garage converted to a bedroom. The subfloor is raised plywood. My issue is, about a foot from the outer walls, the surface is raised about 1/2 inch or less. If I could double the padding, it would be perfectly level. I have read this is a huge no-no. With the areas being just slightly off, will this cause a huge problem. They will mostly be covered by furniture, and no one will be walking in these areas. I'd this is a problem, what could I do?

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Trying to pit laminate flooring in a garage converted to a bedroom. The subfloor is raised plywood. My issue is, about a foot from the outer walls, the surface is raised about 1/2 inch or less. If I could double the padding, it would be perfectly level. I have read this is a huge no-no. With the areas being just slightly off, will this cause a huge problem. They will mostly be covered by furniture, and no one will be walking in these areas. I'd this is a problem, what could I do?
Unfortunately, this is probably going to be a problem. However, maybe a little clarification would be helpful.

When you say, "...is raised abut 1/2 inch or less..." what do you mean? Is one side of the floor 1/2" higher than the other one, or is there a lump, or what?

Why is that "raise" there?

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Not sure why raise was originally there. Ww has to apply thin set in several areas to even out as much as possible prior to placing carpet. Basically this area of the floor is about 3mm higher than the rest of floor. If you place a level down, it is not that bad, just slightly uneven
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Not sure why raise was originally there. Ww has to apply thin set in several areas to even out as much as possible prior to placing carpet. Basically this area of the floor is about 3mm higher than the rest of floor. If you place a level down, it is not that bad, just slightly uneven
There's quite a bit of difference between 1/2 inch, and 3mm. If you're talking 3mm - which is close to 3/16ths of an inch, you might be fine, provided it's a very gradual rise. There is a little bit of "give" in hardwood laminate, but not much.
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as long as the floor is flat, it doesn't have to be level. Laminate floor should stay down.If it's actually "raised" slightly by the wall, a self leveling underlayment might want to be used. Several are out there. Make sure it's not gypsum based. It has to be cement based. Ardex and Mapei are good ones.
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