Do I put laminate over this type of sub-floor? (pic included)

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Old 10-06-14, 07:25 AM
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Do I put laminate over this type of sub-floor? (pic included)

Hi everyone,

Tore up some old carpet in the basement and will eventually put down laminate hardwood floor. Found this rubbery material underneath when I tore the old carpet up. I started scraping it off the wood that is underneath it but then thought I should ask: do I need to get rid of this rubber or just put the laminate floor over-top? Please refer to my attached picture.


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Old 10-06-14, 11:01 AM
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Yep, get rid of it.

Chandler will be along shortly to try to talk you out of laminate in the first place.
 
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Old 10-06-14, 04:00 PM
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Oxymoron - it is either Hardwood OR Laminate not both. Laminated Hardwood (different animal) is also called engineered hardwood floor and is made with real wood. Laminate is a picture of wood stuck on MDF with a coating on top. Laminate is not rated for below grade installation and will fail at the first water incident.

As far as the rubber, you will void any and all flooring warranty's if you do not use an approved underlayment. In a basement the underlayment should also act as a vapor barrier. So, answering your question, remove the rubber stuff.
 
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I would recommend click lock engineered flooring. Laminate is made quickly and cheaply, and it carries forward to the installation. It chips rather badly during installation if not done gingerly, and Z already mentioned its affinity to attracting water and swelling. Use a manufacturer's approved underlayment.
 
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Thanks to all. I appreciate it very much.
 
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