Would it be ok to lay hardwood over a laminate floor?

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  • Ken Ken on Nov 30, 2017
    Okay by whose standards? I can promise that the floor police won't come knocking at your door if you do.

    Why wouldn't you want to remove the old layers and do the job so you know it will yield professional results and last for generations? Only costs a few pennies more to go first class.
  • You could, but I wouldn't. This will create an elevation change to any adjoining areas that are not hardwood and create an awkward transition and tripping hazzard. Not that hard to remove the old laminate, chances are you can remove yourself and save some money.
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Nov 30, 2017
    you can do it as long as the floor is level and smooth, ready to accept the wood.
  • William William on Nov 30, 2017
    Not at all! The laminate moves to temp changes and that would transfer to the hardwood. Both would move differently and cause failure to both. Also height elevations would create problems like Naomie states. Best to remove the laminate and have a solid base for the hardwood.
  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Dec 02, 2017
    I would think you should remove the laminate flooring first. Since most laminate flooring is floating (not attached to the subfloor) it would make it very difficult to attach your wood flooring to your subfloor. It could cause your wood floor to move around and come loose as well. Also, since there is already a layer of flooring, it would make your wood floors higher than a normal floor would be.