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Can i lay down solid hardwood over Laminate?


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10-01-13, 01:12 PM   #1  
Can i lay down solid hardwood over Laminate?

Hi All,

So we have an interesting house in that 85% of it is on raised foundation and 15% is on a slab. The portion of the house that is on a slab has laminate flooring which was glued directly to the concrete.

Wife and I caught a good deal on some solid 3/8 Red Oak so we've decided to replace the laminate with solid wood.

My question, is there any application that doesn't involve me scraping out the old laminate? I understand that pulling it all up is the "best" way to do it, but wow that's going to be a mess and a ton of work. I was thinking of maybe gluing down a piece of luan and then glueing my solid wood over that?

I know i'm being lazy... but man... I get tired just thinking about it!

 
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10-01-13, 01:42 PM   #2  
The reason you want to get rid of the laminate is that on a slab, it is susceptible to moisture issues. Laminate is not wood but MDF with a picture painted on it. When it goes, it disintegrates. Then you will have a real unrepairable mess on your hands.

That being said, check with the manufacturer of the hardwood to see if it can be "Floated" in addition to glue down and nail down. That would be gluing the planks to each other and having it float over a sound deadening moisture barrier layer. You would not have to glue it to the floor.

 
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10-01-13, 01:47 PM   #3  
I understand that pulling it all up is the "best" way to do it, but wow that's going to be a mess and a ton of work
. Yep --- unfortunately doing things properly does require some effort.

I was thinking of maybe gluing down a piece of luan and then glueing my solid wood over that?
Personally , I wouldn't.

First , You're relying on the the laminate being securely and uniformaly attached to the slab in order to provide the substrate. If that laminate to slab bond fails that will affect the finshed floor. Resulting in a waste of time and money --- actually making more work for yourself.

Secondly , the laminate and the hardwood will expand & contract differently and could cause problems down the road.

Just my 2 cents worth.

 
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10-01-13, 02:16 PM   #4  
It's not likely laminate if it's really glued down to the floor. It would have pulled it's self apart by now of that was true.
You would be way ahead of the game to use engineered flooring not solid wood.
Real wood needs to be nailed to the subflooring not just glued.

 
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