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    Default Laminate Question about Install

    Sorry for the long post....We recently had a commercial company come out to give us an estimate on hardwood floors in the 3 main ajoining rooms (DR,LR &FL) on our main level. A little history: our house was built in 1910. At some point there were beautiful hardwood floors. Then there was water damage and the people that "redid" the house put the subfloor on top of the damaged hardwood. Then they layed carpet. The floor in one of the rooms slopes lightly not too bad but it is noticable. Our quote was way too high for our current budget so we decided to go with laminate instead (for now). The guy said that they can only do the two rooms that are level without having to rip out all the flooring down to the joist to make it level.

    My question is....does the floor have to be completely level to lay laminate flooring? Can't we just replace the subfloor along the whole floor area and somehow level it then?

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    Default Re: Laminate Question about Install

    Yes, the floor needs to be level because a laminate floor is a floating floor. One of the problems with shimming and adding another 3/4" sub-floor is the extra weight. Have you considered taking up the added sub-floor and seeing if it may be possible to refinish the original floor? If it can't you could then shim and reinstall new sub-floor.
    Jack
    Be sure you live your life, because you are a long time dead.-Scottish Proverb

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    Default Re: Laminate Question about Install

    The floor graudally slopes. We have a michigan basement so part of the basement is dirt. Kinda like a crawl space. The room that slopes is under the crawl space-dirt part. The two level rooms are under the usable basement part. If that makes sense.

    I wish we could just redo the wood floor but we were told they were very water damaged. I have a feeling it's going to be a moldy mess when we pull up the carpet and subfloor.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Default Re: Laminate Question about Install

    Laminate floor should not be installed on a sloping floor unless it is a glue down or nail down type. Laminate floor is installed with a gap around the perimeter. If the floor is sloped the floating floors can creep downhill.
    Jack
    Be sure you live your life, because you are a long time dead.-Scottish Proverb

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