How level does the floor has to be for laminate flooring

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by rkhazin, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. rkhazin

    rkhazin Guest

    Hi,

    I am planning to lay laminate flooring over the entire basement floor
    but 60% of it is covered by 1/8" vinyl tiles and the rest bare
    concrete. Can I lay over it as is or do I need to level the floor first
    by stripping all the tiles or perhaps cover the bare concrete with 1/8"
    linoleum.
    Suggestions?

    Ray
     
    rkhazin, Nov 8, 2005
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  2. rkhazin

    Guest

    rkhazin wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am planning to lay laminate flooring over the entire basement floor
    > but 60% of it is covered by 1/8" vinyl tiles and the rest bare
    > concrete. Can I lay over it as is or do I need to level the floor first
    > by stripping all the tiles or perhaps cover the bare concrete with 1/8"
    > linoleum.
    > Suggestions?
    >
    > Ray


    Greetings,

    1/8" is too much. Harbor Freight tools had a cheap pneumatic floor
    scraper on special not too long ago. That might make your job a lot
    easier. If a) it is still on special and b) you buy it for this one
    job let me know and I might buy it from you for a reduced price used.
    Otherwise I will just wait until it goes on special again.

    Hope this helps,
    William
     
    , Nov 8, 2005
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  3. rkhazin

    Bert Guest

    rkhazin wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am planning to lay laminate flooring over the entire basement floor
    > but 60% of it is covered by 1/8" vinyl tiles and the rest bare
    > concrete. Can I lay over it as is or do I need to level the floor first
    > by stripping all the tiles or perhaps cover the bare concrete with 1/8"
    > linoleum.
    > Suggestions?
    >
    > Ray


    Couldn't you just use floor leveling compound to feather out the
    difference?

    MikeB
     
    Bert, Nov 9, 2005
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  4. rkhazin

    Colbyt Guest

    "rkhazin" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am planning to lay laminate flooring over the entire basement floor
    > but 60% of it is covered by 1/8" vinyl tiles and the rest bare
    > concrete. Can I lay over it as is or do I need to level the floor first
    > by stripping all the tiles or perhaps cover the bare concrete with 1/8"
    > linoleum.
    > Suggestions?
    >
    > Ray
    >


    At the risk of sounding unhelpful, may I suggest you read and follow the
    directions included with the product.

    I seem to recall 1/8" deviation in X feet. Yes you are going to need to
    remove the tiles. After you do that you may still need to skim coat and
    level the floor. Most basement floors do not meet the minimum standards set
    for a proper laminate installation. Concrete floors may look level but they
    aren't.

    Colbyt
     
    Colbyt, Nov 9, 2005
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  5. rkhazin

    Guest

    Have you given thought to any moisture problem perhaps affecting that
    laminated flooring? I think I would want to be sure there was no
    moisture coming up through the concrete..

    Jack
     
    , Nov 9, 2005
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  6. "rkhazin" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am planning to lay laminate flooring over the entire basement floor
    > but 60% of it is covered by 1/8" vinyl tiles and the rest bare
    > concrete. Can I lay over it as is or do I need to level the floor first
    > by stripping all the tiles or perhaps cover the bare concrete with 1/8"
    > linoleum.
    > Suggestions?
    >
    > Ray
    >


    Are you talking a Floating or Glue down Floor.
     
    Sacramento Dave, Nov 9, 2005
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  7. "" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > 1/8" is too much. Harbor Freight tools had a cheap pneumatic floor
    > scraper on special not too long ago. That might make your job a lot
    > easier. If a) it is still on special and b) you buy it for this one
    > job let me know and I might buy it from you for a reduced price used.
    > Otherwise I will just wait until it goes on special again.
    >
    > Hope this helps,
    > William
    >

    If it's this one,
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=37073
    it's on sale now. Not sure if you saw it lower. I'm picking one up this
    week to work on my floor.....long story made short,
    I'm having to remove self leveling concrete from the floor I was trying to
    flatten. I hope it works!
    Cheers,
    cc
     
    James \Cubby\ Culbertson, Nov 9, 2005
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