Laminate over partial linoleum?


Old 02-20-15, 06:15 AM
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Laminate over partial linoleum?

We've had to replace a large section of subfloor due to rot. The linoleum is old and hard to remove. Since some is missing from the repair, does it all have to be removed now? I have the best underlayment I could purchase of it makes a difference.

Also, I am aware laminate isn't ideal for kitchen which is why we went with Classen w/ isowaxx, but aside from a rubber backed rug at sink and stove, any other precautions? We only need the flooring to last about 10 years.
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Old 02-20-15, 06:20 AM
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There is not reason to remove the rest of the linoleum.
Figured out why the subfloor rotted and fixed that?
Old 02-20-15, 06:41 AM
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What is the height difference between the two floors? Linoleum is usually installed on a 1/4" plywood underlayment. You remove that not just the linoleum. To joe's point, what caused the rot in the first place?
Old 02-20-15, 06:42 AM
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I am not a fan of laminate. The product you have chosen is probably one of the best engineered ones around, although, I guess, somewhat expensive. The Isowax helps seal the joints to keep moisture damage to a minimum, and they use Microban in their process, another plus. Regardless of the underlayment you purchased, check with the manufacturer to see if it is approved to maintain your warranty, and get it in writing.

Take proper precautions against long standing water and it should last 10 years.
Old 02-20-15, 07:36 AM
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Just make sure the floor is flat for the laminate. Floor patch or self-leveling compound will work depending on how bad it is.
Old 02-20-15, 01:55 PM
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Thanks all. The rot was a bad door install, and we've just replaced the door.
There is no underlayment on the current linoleum, my husband said its 2 layers thick, though so about but with new subfloor that hadn't yet shrunk its about 1/16th of an inch. We plan to install to that door direction-wise, so it can easily be removed and repaired in that section without ripping up the entire thing.

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