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Revamp without Removal: Laying New Flooring Over Old Foundations​

When installing new flooring it can be tempting to just leave the old flooring down instead of removing, but is this best practice? Can it even be done? Let's find out!

Flooring Over Flooring - Is it Viable?

When it comes to flooring renovations, the idea of transforming your space without the hassle of ripping out existing floors is undoubtedly enticing. The practice of layering new flooring over old, known as flooring fusion, has gained popularity as a cost-effective and time-saving solution. However, not all flooring materials are created equal when it comes to this installation method. 

In this blog post, we delve into the art of flooring fusion, exploring the possibilities of laying soft flooring, such as carpet, over hard surfaces while uncovering the limitations of installing hard flooring over carpets. Whether you’re considering laminate, vinyl, LVT, or carpet, understanding the dos and don’ts of flooring fusion will empower you to make the right decision for your home.

 

Last Updated: 25/07/2023

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The Versatility of Laying Soft Flooring Over Hard Surfaces:

Carpet Flooring

Carpet is the most versatile flooring option for layering over existing hard floors. Its cushioning properties and flexible nature make it suitable for installation on surfaces like concrete, tile, or hardwood. When installing carpet over hard flooring, you’ll still want to use underlay to get the best out of your carpets, keeping them bouncing back for years under every step and providing that extra layer of warmth.

Laminate Flooring

Layering laminate flooring over hard surfaces, such as concrete or tile, is generally straightforward and is typically the norm for most homes. But can it be laid over other flooring types?  With its click-and-lock installation system, laminate can be floated above the existing flooring without the need for adhesives or nails providing the existing flooring is a hard material. Other laminate, vinyl or luxury vinyl tile is generally going to be fine. If you’re layering your laminate over vinyl or LVT then the spongy base layer will help keep your laminate in good condition. If you’re laying new laminate over old laminate though you’ll still want to use underlay to protect it and prevent noise from them hitting together under each step!

Vinyl Flooring

Installing vinyl flooring over carpets is not recommended due to several key reasons. Carpets have an uneven surface and may conceal debris and dust, which can compromise the adhesion and stability of vinyl planks or sheets. Moreover, the soft texture of carpets may cause the vinyl flooring to become bumpy or uneven, affecting the overall aesthetic and durability. It can be installed over laminate flooring however, if it’s in good condition.

Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring

LVT, like regular vinyl flooring, should not be installed directly over carpets. The unevenness and potential for movement in the carpet can lead to an unstable LVT installation, resulting in a floor that doesn’t withstand the test of time. To achieve a durable and visually pleasing outcome, it’s essential to remove the carpet before installing LVT. Again, LVT can be installed over laminate flooring providing it’s in decent condition.

In Conclusion

Flooring fusion can be a game-changer in your home renovation journey, allowing you to achieve a fresh look without the need for extensive demolition. When it comes to laying new flooring over old, soft flooring materials like carpet prove to be more forgiving and adaptable. Carpet, with its cushioning properties, can be successfully installed over hard surfaces, adding warmth and comfort to any room.

On the other hand, hard flooring materials like Laminate, vinyl and LVT require a stable and even surface to ensure proper adhesion and longevity. Attempting to install hard flooring over carpets can result in an unsightly and unstable floor, undermining the investment and effort put into the renovation.

Before embarking on your flooring fusion project, it’s essential to assess the existing floor condition and consider the compatibility of the new flooring material. By understanding the dos and don’ts of flooring fusion, you can confidently make decisions that will bring beauty and functionality to your living spaces for years to come. One final, but important note is to consider that there will be work involved with covering old flooring. 

You won’t have to remove the old flooring, but you’ll likely have to remove your doors and trim them down to fit over the new flooring as your floor will be slightly higher. So consider what’s more work – rolling up old carpet and taking it to the tip, or taking off each door and sanding or planing 20-30mm off when you account for underlay too? 

In most cases, it’s easier to just remove the old flooring and lay the new one down, which is why we typically don’t lay new flooring over old flooring with our payment plans. 

You do get free underlay with our plans though, so you’ll still have those comfy warm carpets and that high quality laminate that lasts for years, from £10 per week! To book a home visit with us and see our samples, as well as get a free, no obligation quote, apply online by filling out the form below!

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