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Old 03-01-2019, 08:53 PM   #1
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Laminate flooring floor issue


I want to install laminate flooring in the living room and kitchen. The living room flows into the kitchen/dining room.

Currently, the living room has carpet, while the dining room/kitchen has hardwood flooring.

I have a concrete slab.

Ideally and to preserve the hardwood floor, I would like to install the laminate flooring over the hardwood floor. The problem is, under the living room floor, there is no hardwood floor. It's the concrete slab.

What can I do to raise the living room floor to the height of the kitchen hardwood floor? Should I put down plywood? Should I use a thicker underlayment? Hardiebacker?

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Old 03-01-2019, 09:06 PM   #2
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What is the height difference? I would think plywood.
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1/2 an inch.
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I want to install laminate flooring in the living room and kitchen
Not what you asked but laminate handles water very poorly and is therefore not a good choice for a wet area like a kitchen or bathroom.
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Not what you asked but laminate handles water very poorly and is therefore not a good choice for a wet area like a kitchen or bathroom.
I will second that opinion. We have laminate flooring in our kitchen. Luckily it didn't get totally ruined by a plumbing problem a couple years ago. You can still see a little swelling at a couple joints.
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1/2 an inch.
I don't think there is a good or right answer, I think you want a 6 mill sheet poly under 1/2" plywood and screw the plywood down.
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Not what you asked but laminate handles water very poorly and is therefore not a good choice for a wet area like a kitchen or bathroom.
I was actually going to create another thread about whether I should use laminate or vinyl. The vinyl planks that I like are actually water proof. I guess luxury vinyl planks it is.
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Here is an article about what someone did
https://www.addicted2decorating.com/...-flooring.html
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Pergo has a waterproof laminate flooring now.
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Laminate flooring has a number of specific requirements.
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Your issue seems to be quite specific. The best way to get the answer is to seek for professional assistance since there are many specific requirements with a laminate flooring installation. Your subfloor plays a crucial role in the long-term health of your laminate. Subfloors must be clean and flat in order to properly support your flooring. Your subfloor cannot slope. OSB board, concrete, exterior grade plywood, and existing wood (that is not adhered to concrete) are the appropriate types of subfloors for laminate flooring. A laminate floor must be installed properly to prevent future issues including tiles and boards warping. The process is complicated. For many people, it is not a DIY job. You’d rather become familiar with consumers’ feedback regarding a laminate floor installer. You can choose any installer. But before making a final decision, you’d better carry out an in-depth research on the company using different consumer advocacy websites.

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