Laminate flooring is an easy way to give your house a new look within minutes, often without having to spend too much money. Laminate flooring has several advantages. Yet one important factor that needs to be considered is the installation process.
But can laminate be installed over carpet?
Well, you can install laminate flooring over your carpet. However, it’s usually not recommended for most installation scenarios. Carpet is generally soft and plush, so laminate flooring won’t have the support it needs to keep the locking mechanism stable. The only way you may be able to make this work is if you have a low-pile carpet or if you are prepared to lay a subfloor on top of a plush carpet.
Is it a good idea to lay laminate over carpet?
Adding laminate flooring over carpet seems like one of the best ways to add this stylish product to your home without much effort. It is not necessary to remove the existing mats, and preparing the area seems to be simplified. However, you may soon find yourself spending more than you anticipated if you choose to pursue this route.
No matter what type of carpet you have in your house right now – it is never considered a good idea to install laminate flooring before removing the carpets first.
How to prepare a flat surface to install laminate flooring?
The first step in installing laminate flooring is to remove existing carpeting from the area where it will be installed.
Next, clean the surface thoroughly after removing the carpet. Be sure to remove any remaining carpet pieces, such as those against the wall at the side. Clean up any glue debris that is still present on the floor. Likewise, the area should be dust-free.
Before installing laminate, you must decide whether to use underlayment. Mold-resistant acoustic underlays are a popular choice amongst homeowners; this provides some insulation and absorbs some footsteps noise.
Sometimes it is possible for the laminate flooring to have already applied glue. Some of these products, however, will require you to use your adhesive. There are different products available – always read and follow the instructions. It is usually necessary to apply glue to the subfloor surface before installing the flooring. After placing the glue layer on top of the laminate, place the flooring carefully on top of it.
Be sure to allow the glue to dry completely before walking on the laminate after it has been installed.
A Step-by-Step Guide
The following steps will help you lay laminate flooring over carpet:
- Remove all belongings and furniture from the room.
- Vacuum the carpet so that the work surface is as clean as possible.
- Use spacers to hold the wall and planks apart. Create a 14-inch spacer using your spacers—a distance of expansion from the wall of (0.635 cm).
- Fill the corner of the room with the first plank, working from right to left.
- Connect the tongue and grooves and line the seams to complete the first row.
- For the next row, use the remaining cut ends at least six inches long. Make sure to space out these pieces.
- As you move down the room, tap the planks into place with your rubber mallet and tap block.
After the installation is complete, spacers can be used every few feet around the floor’s perimeter and removed afterward.
Adding laminate flooring to your house can be great, but it is also vital to take the proper steps during installation.
In the short term, it may seem like a good idea to cover the carpet in laminate, but this could end up causing severe problems. If you install flooring properly, you will be able to enjoy durable, fade-resistant flooring for quite some time to come.