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Can you lay carpet on top of wooden flooring?

Last Updated: 22nd March, 2020

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Installing carpeting over a hardwood floor is not a difficult task, but it does require some physical labor. By installing a narrow tackless strip that grips the outer perimeter of the carpet around the perimeter of the room, you only place small holes in the hardwood.

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Considering this, can carpet be installed over laminate flooring?

Many carpet installers will not put carpeting over laminate. Removing a laminate floor is easy to do because it is loose-laid. Installing wall-to-wall carpeting is not advised because nailing tack strips to the perimeter of the room would restrict seasonal movement of the laminate and could cause it to buckle.

Secondly, is it cheaper to carpet or laminate floor? The cost of carpet is generally much cheaper than the cost of laminate flooring, but laminate flooring has the advantage of being longer-lasting, easier to clean, and less likely to suffer weather damage.

Beside this, can you lay new carpet on top of old carpet?

Carpet tiles can be laid over old carpet with a bit of effort. First off, the old carpet must be thoroughly cleaned. Using a carpet pad or plywood base over the existing carpet can create an even base for new carpet tiles. Existing low-pile carpet can serve as the carpet pad.

Are wooden floors colder than carpet?

It's true wood is warmer than carpet, but carpet often feels warmer to your bare feet. If cold feet are still an issue for you, there are ways you can make your wood floors warmer underfoot.

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Roxane Torneiro

Professional

Can I use carpet underlay for laminate flooring?

You absolutely cannot use carpet underlayment underneath laminate flooring. As much as you want to cut down costs on a new floor, this is not the way to do it. Installing laminate flooring over carpet underlayment will do more harm than good in the long run.

Yevdokiya Moreno

Professional

How do I replace carpet with laminate flooring?

Removing the actual carpeting is easier than removing the under padding, and you'll want to be thorough about the second job before installing laminate flooring. Remove the carpeting after removing the baseboards from the perimeter of each room. Pull the carpet off the tack strips, roll it up and take it away.

Rosaline Tsvei

Explainer

Do you need an underlayment for laminate flooring?

Underlayment for laminate flooring is a must. Since laminate is a floating floor, it must be evenly distributed across your subfloor. Underlayment is what allows the floor to float, gives it stability, support, noise reduction, and supports the locking systems in between planks to assure the sturdiest flooring project.

Ross Hoerner

Explainer

Can you put vinyl plank over carpet?

Over tile? Vinyl plank flooring cannot be installed over any high pile carpet. The “squish” of a plush carpet will prevent vinyl planks from locking properly. However, if the carpet is a tight, low pile style, then thicker, tighter locking, vinyl planks may be suitable for installation.

Alecsandru Eastham

Pundit

How do you lay carpet on a concrete floor?

Part 3 Laying Carpet
  1. Lay the tack strip.
  2. Lay padding strips.
  3. Cut carpet to size, allowing approximately 6 inches (15.2 cm) excess all around.
  4. Lay carpet out and use a rented knee kicker to force the carpet into the far corner.
  5. Finish the edges.

Manuela Escalada

Pundit

Are transition strips necessary?

If you are dealing with two different types of floor coverings, a transition strip is almost always required. You can purchase genuine hardwood transitions, even if the floors you are connecting are not wood. For laminate flooring, you can purchase transitions that look just like your laminate.

Houda Henze

Pundit

How do you close carpet on a door?

Press forward on the knee portion of the tool to stretch the carpet, and use a putty knife to tuck the edge of the carpet into the tack strip down in the floor. Repeat the process along the entire doorway until no portion of the carpet edge remains visible.

Deolindo Niehof

Pundit

What goes down first carpet or hardwood?

Install hardwood first. If it is a site finished flooring the final coat could be applied after the carpet is installed. By installing the hardwood first the carpet guys will have something to finish to. They will want that, and any professional will understand how to work around a new hardwood floor.

Nadjat Pujante

Teacher

What kind of flooring can you put over carpet?

You can install Armstrong laminate flooring over virtually any existing floor -- wood, and wood underlayment, concrete, ceramic and resilient tile, vinyl sheet flooring, even carpet, if it's fully adhered to a wood subfloor, and no more than 1/4" thick.

Sarah Skampinsk

Teacher

How do you tuck under carpet trim?

  1. Vacuum the bare floor thoroughly to remove all dust and dirt.
  2. Position carpet underlay so its edges butt up against the tack strips but do not overlap onto the tacks.
  3. Unroll the carpet and cut off the excess, so each edge runs to just above the top of the baseboards.

Amaiur Kalischer

Teacher

What is a carpet reducer?

Carpet reducer is designed to create a smooth transition from hardwood flooring to a thinner or more delicate type of floor covering, such as carpeting. Carper reducers can compensate for slight difference in height between adjoining floors.

Armandas Lamshoft

Reviewer

How often should carpets be replaced?

While a carpet may not need to be replaced just because it's old, a typical lifespan for modern carpeting is five to 15 years, depending upon the quality of its construction and the amount of foot traffic it receives on a regular basis.

Asensi Schaden

Reviewer

Can you replace a piece of carpet?

As long as the damaged area isn't too large you can save the time and expense of replacing the entire carpet. If you have carpet remnants left over from installation, you can repair the damaged section with a patch. Cut out a triangle or a rectangle around the damaged area of carpet using a utility knife.

Tariel Plut

Reviewer

Can I use old carpet as underlay?

Old carpet can be used in lieu of new underlay when budget insists. Its not a perfect option, but its a lot better than no underlay, and I've not run into troubles using it. Used carpet doesn't yield as much as underlay when stepped on, but its far better than no underlay at all.

Rubiel Guillen

Supporter

How hard is it to install carpet yourself?

Installing carpet yourself is challenging but not impossible. Here are some of the specialty tools you'll need; you can buy them, but it is cheaper to rent the larger equipment. Tackless Strips: These are strips of wood with angled pins that catch the back of the carpet and hold it in place.

Johnsie Potts

Supporter

How do you secure an area rug on top of carpet?

  1. Measure the length and width of your area rug.
  2. Purchase a roll of double-sided carpet tape and a roll of nonslip rubber shelf liner.
  3. Turn your rug upside-down.
  4. Cut the shelf liner to fit over the double-sided tape.
  5. Flip your rug back over, and position it as desired.

Bara Jemukhov

Supporter

Cresencio Quievreux

Beginner

What are Tackless carpet strips?

For those of you looking "over our shoulders", a tackless strip is a thin strip of plywood use to hold carpet tight around the edges of a room or, in some instances, across doorways and around other types of flooring, such as wood or tile.

Pinar Schultmayer

Beginner

How do I reinstall my carpet?

Steps
  1. Peel back the carpet. Using a pair of pliers, grab a corner of your carpet.
  2. Cut the carpet into strips if you can't lift the entire carpet all at once. Use a utility knife to slice the carpet into smaller, more manageable sections.
  3. Remove the pad.
  4. Pull up the tack strips.