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Can I Install Laminate Flooring Over Carpet Underlayment?

Finally decided to swap your carpet for laminate flooring? Excellent! You’ve read up on all the tools and extras you need, and know you need underlayment in order to help the laminate float. You pull up the carpet and see… carpet underlayment! Since you see you already have this underlayment, you can use that to install your laminate flooring on top of, …

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What Are The Best Underlayments for Condos and Apartments

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Dear Fred, This is a really important question! For those living in apartments or condos, and have the luxury to be able to renovate them, you will have to abide by the standards set forth by your condo/apartment association or HOA. These guidelines are put in place for you, and your neighbors, comfort and safety. One of these things that is …

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Can I install underlayment under laminate with attached padding?

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Dear Craig, Laminate with attached padding (underlayment) can be confusing to many DIY installers. You read articles touting the importance of using underlayment for moisture control, noise reduction, and overall support. It’s natural to wonder what you should do to maximize your floors longevity when the underlayment comes pre-attached. Extra Padding Poses a Risk Most underlayment provides extra padding on …

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Installing Underlayment With Laminate Flooring on Stairs

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Dear Elaine, Great question! Underlayment is usually such a crucial part of laminate flooring installations, but when it comes to your staircase, you can leave your underlayment behind. When you install laminate flooring on your stairs, you must glue the planks to the thread and riser. You cannot use the click and lock installation method for this type of install. …

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Do I Need a Moisture Barrier Above Grade?

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Dear Sean, No matter how dry your environment is, having a moisture barrier is an important part of your hardwood flooring project. Even though your floor is above grade, it’s important you don’t leave it out of the equation. Moisture is sneaky. In many cases, you won’t realize it’s present in your home and wreaking havoc on your flooring investment. …

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What is the Best Laminate Floor for a Beach House

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Dear Hilary, Great question! Finding the best laminate floor for a beach house isn’t always easy. You’re smart to be conscientious of water from the canal. As you know, laminate is not completely waterproof. Still, the right products are durable enough to stand up to the occasional spill or tracking in of water. It shouldn’t stand in your way of purchasing …

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How Much Underlayment Do I Need to Buy?

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Dear James, This is a common question. Since underlayment isn’t actually seen, many homeowners think that they might be able to get away with leaving a little room on the sides of the flooring, and not buying the full amount needed. That’s dangerous and it could decrease the life of your flooring. As a rule, we suggest buying as much …

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What Are the Best Questions to Ask Before Buying Laminate Flooring

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Dear Mark, Buying new flooring is both exciting and a little bit scary. You want to make the best choice for your home, budget, and long-term comfort, but how? Asking smart questions before you buy your laminate flooring is the best way to know that the purchase you’re about to make is the right one for your home. Here are …

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Your Guide to Installing Laminate Flooring On an Uneven Subfloor

Your guide to installing laminate flooring on an uneven subfloor requires you to pay attention to a few key aspects. Follow the tips below and your installation should go smoothly! How Level Is Your Subfloor? Most manufacturers require you to have it level to within ¼” over 10 ft. This is to insure the integrity of the floor and will …

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