Can Hybrid Flooring Be Installed on Top of an Existing Floor?
To answer the question simply: ‘yes’. It is possible to lay hybrid flooring over the top of your existing floor.
But, just like with vinyl and laminate floors, laying hybrid flooring is not as clear cut as that. Not all existing flooring makes a suitable base for hybrids, which means that there are a few important questions to be asked before purchasing and installing your new floor.
Can I install hybrid flooring over carpet?
Unfortunately, carpet, bricks, and natural stone are some of the only floors that you can’t lay hybrid flooring over. The uneven nature of the materials will put extra stress on the joining system of the hybrid as well as extra wear on your new floor, potentially causing buckling and cracking once laid. It might mean a little more work for you, ripping up your carpets or covering bricks up in preparation for laying your hybrids, but it’s an essential step if you want long-lasting flooring.
The good news is that, if your house already has a smooth and evenly finished floor like vinyl, plywood, floorboards, concrete, or tiles, the hybrid flooring can be laid straight over the top. Just remember that laying your new flooring on top of the existing flooring will add extra height to the floor, so check how much space you have under your doors before starting the install. You don’t want to run into trouble and not be able to open and close your doors!
Do I need an underlay with hybrid flooring?
Most of the hybrid flooring on the market now comes with an inbuilt underlay, so there is no need to purchase it separately. The only time you may want to buy a separate underlay is if you require an extra layer of padding to help with the acoustics (i.e. if you’re laying hybrids straight onto the concrete foundation of a second storey unit). Felt underlay provides the best acoustic insurance but is also the most expensive option. For something a little friendlier on the wallet, opt for rubber or foam.
How do I install hybrid flooring?
The hybrid installation process is made easy with the clever ‘click and lock’ system. Simply slide the planks together, put the ‘tongue’ into the ‘groove’ until you hear a click (this means it is secure), and tap gently with a rubber mallet or tapping block and hammer to close the gap. For more detailed information on the install process, follow our step-by-step installation guide.
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