laminate floor over ceramic tile & carpet area

Old 01-01-03, 10:10 AM
Tif Fletcher
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laminate floor over ceramic tile & carpet area

We would like to install laminate wood floor in an area that currently contains both ceramic tile and carpet. I have read that it is not necessary to rip up the ceramic tile and that a cork underlayment could be used in the carpet area to bring both floors level. First, is that true? Second, is cork the only option that can be used, or could we use a plywood? Lastly, would we still lay some sort of underlayment over the ceramic tile?

Thanks for your help.

Old 01-01-03, 04:15 PM
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It is not necessary to remove ceramic tile if: the floor is flat within installation requirements for the product that will be installed, the tile floor is sound, and it is true that the entire area to be covered has a uniform and very flat surface. Plywood is a satisfactory sub floor surface that may be used to replace the carpet. You will still need underlayment under the entire laminate floor surface to satisfy the warrantee of most laminate products that will be installed, and ALL of the better brands will require a specific underlayment.

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