Laminate flooring on top of existing flooring

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Posted by: from Toronto
5/14/2016 at 8:21:06 PM


I have a condominium and parquet floor in good condition but I want laminate flooring. Do you think it's a good idea to do laminate flooring on top of existing flooring? Also would 12mm or 8mm be better?

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Vincent from James Renovations in Scarborough
Date/Time5/14/2016 at 11:04:08 PM


Laminate flooring can be installed directly over the parquet flooring.

8 mil laminate is not advisable as it is very flimsy. I would suggest to go with 12 mil.



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Singh on Homes in Mississauga
Date/Time5/15/2016 at 12:43:02 AM

I would recommend 12mm and can be installed over parquet floor as long as fits properly.

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Vincent from Do My Floors in Vancouver
Date/Time5/15/2016 at 1:40:50 AM

12mm is the better choice. As long as the floor is structural sound whether it be tiles, parquet, or vinyl.

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Salvatore from Donewell Flooring in Oshawa
Date/Time5/15/2016 at 4:39:21 AM

Hello Nazeer,

Thank you for posting your question here on Trustedpros! Sal Tiburzio owner at Donewell Flooring here. Yes you can install laminate flooring over parquet, I always advise my clients to go with a 12mm over an 8mm no matter where it is being installed as the 12mm is a heavier laminate and will feel more solid under the foot. the cost of the material is a little more but the finished product will far better.

Things to keep in mind when going over top old flooring would be height, unless you remove or are replacing the old baseboards, you will lose the height of the laminate plus underlay and also if 1/4 round is being used instead of replacing the old base and leaving it on also the height of that as well. The over all job still looks nice but you must keep these things in mind. I would recommenced, depending on budget of course, going over the parquet with a 12mm, replacing the baseboards with a nice 5" x 1/2" MDF which really finishes off a new floor beautifully.

You can see many photos of my past projects where we used that combo on my website. Hope that helps!!

Have a great day!

Sal Tiburzio

Donewell Flooring

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Date/Time5/15/2016 at 5:30:44 AM

You can install the laminate floor on top of the old problem with that. Definitely 12mm is better than the 8mm.

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Date/Time5/15/2016 at 10:44:52 AM


Always go with the thicker mil materials. /then remove your existing base boards etc and lay down you foam underlay. then lay in and click you laminate together Remember to cut for doorways and stairs etc. /After its all down reinstall your baseboards and trims.


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Nazeer in Toronto
Date/Time5/15/2016 at 11:00:43 AM

Thanks for useful suggestions.

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Nazeer in Toronto
Date/Time5/15/2016 at 11:08:42 AM

Hi guys, l have another question:

What should I use under the heating, parquet is coming out. Do you think ceramic tile or vinyl tiles is good option to install under heating that resists against heating instead of laminate?

Your suggestion would be highly appreciated.


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Date/Time5/15/2016 at 11:49:38 AM


You can do laminate on your parquet floor. No problem. 12 mm is always better than 8 mm.

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Uzma from UR Homes in Milton
Date/Time5/15/2016 at 3:27:21 PM

In my opinion you should remove the entire floor and put the new laminate floor at least 12mm thick.

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