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From laminated to carpet

I currently have thin laminated flooring. My neighbour underneath me says she can hear my every footstep. House is also freezing so for added warmth and sound barrier I would like to carpet my home. Can carpet be laid directly on top of the existing flooring? What is involved in this kind of job? It would be to carpet 3 rooms and a hallway.

Steve - NN16

Asked: February 28 2018


You can laid underlay and carpet on top of the existing laminate flooring.Taking un to account that you are adding the thickness of new underlay and carpet to your floor datum line. So if carpet is finishing to tiles in your bathroom floor you are going to create a small floor level difference. Also some of the doors needs to get trimmed to accommodate the thickness of the new floor. Regards Svet

Svetmar Interiors Ltd

March 08 2018

The answer is no the underlay will creep under laminate causing lumps under the carpet also grips around the edge will become loose, uplift the old use a good quality underlay and you’ll be good. If the subfloor is not good you can ply the floor this will give a bit more insulation and stability.

A J Burness Carpet and Flooring Specialist

May 12 2020

Is better to take off the laminate first and see how the base floor is looking and then install the carpet.

Simalex London

March 10 2018

As long as floors are sound over laying is not a problem

JH (Builders)

March 08 2018

You can lay over as long as base floor is sound and not uneven However it is not hard to remove lamminates so I would remove first for peace of mind a good deep underlay should help stop noise from below

Garston Decor

March 08 2018

It's better to remove it first as any inconsistencies in the flooring will show through the carpet. Always use a decent underlay.


March 08 2018

As above it's advisable to remove laminate first, but if you require to keep it use carpet spray glue for lino as this will not affect the under lay. Reason the laminate is shiny and smooth and the underlay will creep. Also carpet gripper nails into laminate will not hold very well and may pull out. Again if you must keep laminate a gripfil glue before knocking in gripper nails.

RPM Services

July 05 2020

Underfloor heating would solve the coldness remove any product get back to basics then What ever your choice of carpet Laminate engineered wood will be warm

BJP Building Contractors

December 31 2019