Can prefinished hardwood be installed over lin / can novices do it?

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  • Cin21825342 Cin21825342 on Jun 18, 2017
    Yes. You need to put down an underlayment first. It is time-consuming but not difficult.
  • Marlene June Haas Marlene June Haas on Jun 18, 2017
    It is difficult to do this job and have it look professional.
  • Susan Bechamp Susan Bechamp on Jun 19, 2017
    The first question that needs an answer is: how many layers of flooring are in that room already? If you are planning to do more than one room with the same flooring you will need to find out how many layers of flooring exist in EACH room you plan to work on. (Older homes may already have several layers). As a rule you shouldn't just add on if there are already two layers in place. If this makes layer three, most professionals would recommend stripping back to the original subflooring. (good time to inspect joists for damage).
    Laying a hardwood floor over existing hard flooring can be done, but the tricky part is the transition between the new floor and the existing doors and trim. Adding another layer of underlayment and finished flooring means taking the door off the hinges and cutting an inch or more of wood off the bottom of the door. Otherwise the door won't be able to move. (If it's a metal door, that might mean actually moving the door up the wall instead. Remove the molding and threshold, pry the door frame loose and reposition it higher up the wall and rehang the door. This might involve trimming the header at the top of the doorway).
    You'll need to trim the same thickness off the molding around the door to slip the flooring under it. Plan on doing this for every door in the room. They do make transition strips for entryways , where one flooring meets another. Example: where the hardwood meets carpeting or tile or a different hardwood.
    In floor heat/ac registers may be easy enough to cut out, but hot water radiators might be a bigger challenge.
    Do you have built-in cupboards or bookcases that raising the floor with another layer might effect?

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