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Can you lay carpet on laminate?

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Cloudminnow Sun 16-Dec-12 11:32:54

Would carpet and underlay go over old laminate flooring? There is beading along the perimeter by the skirting board which would presumably have to come up. Would all the laminate need to be stripped out first?

PigletJohn Sun 16-Dec-12 17:08:17

can't see why not. It should give you a flat smooth surface with no gaps or screwheads, and no draughts except round the edges. yes, take off the loathsome quadrant beading

it will of course increase the depth of the floor covering so you may have to plane a bit off the bottoms of the doors. Carpetlayers usually say it's not their job.

if the old laminate is in poor condition, or it creaks and cracks when you walk on it, take it up.

Cloudminnow Sun 16-Dec-12 17:28:19

Thanks piglet.

Aethelfleda Tue 18-Dec-12 20:29:21

Only issue I can see (and that's as a strict amateur who owns some laminate) is that in the event of a problem needing underfloor access (gas fire repair/leak in central heating pipe) you'd have to take up the carpet and rip open the laminate: may be a pain in the a* refitting the carpet after that , as laminate doesn't easily come up and down and may fall apart. But from an insulation point of view your idea sounds great (as long as it doesn't lead to a "step" where the carpet is way higher than any uncovered laminate).

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