Do I have to fix tack strip damage on concrete before installing wood laminate?

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Posted by: from Herndon
4/10/2019 at 11:29:54 AM

Do I have to fix tack strip damage on concrete before installing wood laminate?

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Date/Time4/10/2019 at 12:36:00 PM

Yes you should fix concrete and make level it before installation laminate flooring.

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Date/Time4/10/2019 at 12:53:46 PM

Typically not really, but if it's a big damage then you should fill the area with thin set.

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Date/Time4/10/2019 at 4:04:24 PM

Hi Neezy,

I'd take a look at the manufacturer's installation instructions for the laminate flooring you are installing. They'll list the allowable variances in the subfloor. Using that you'll be able to determine if the damage from the tack strip requires patching. Following the manufacturer's instructions would be best practice.

In reality though, I doubt you'll have any issues going right over where the tack strips were with your new flooring unless they are unusually severe.

Good luck with the floor install!

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Date/Time4/10/2019 at 9:45:03 PM

it depend? if it just a cracks in the concrete so you don't have to worry about it unless its a bigger damage then you have to repair it first

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Date/Time4/11/2019 at 11:31:32 PM

Hi Neezy,

Tack strip removal damage is typically minimal. Maybe a loonie size divot. This will not affect the laminate installation whatsoever.

If the damage, depth of the damage is severe and could affect the installation, then yes, fix / repair the damaged area.

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Date/Time4/25/2019 at 11:07:18 PM

No. If they are just nail holes, the laminate floor will float over them. If the strips were glued, you will have scrape off glue. Dave's Flooring

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