I bought some Mannington iCore laminate for my basement, and I have a
question about installing it. In one of the rooms the previous owner had a
carpet glued to concrete/cement. Do I HAVE to remove the carpet, or can I
install the laminate floor on top of that? Scraping the carpet is not
exactly the easiest thing.
You don't HAVE to do anything you don't want to do. OTOH, if you want the
job done right . . . . . . . . .
Get a flat bladed ice scraper with a long handle. if you don't do it,
you'll be sorry in a hear or two. Hire a couple of the neighbor kids to do
Could be a year, could be a month. If the carpet is on grade, you have
potential moisture/mold problems. Even though you put down a barrier, the
carpet is now under the moisture barrier and can get wet from condensation.
It can be a real icky mess over time depending on your climate
Laminate is made to be put on a firm foundation. Carpet has flex, minute as
it is, and can cause joint breakage in the most used areas over time.
Your house so do what you want. Even the worst of hack installers would
take out the carpet, most would refuse to do the job otherwise. . It took
me a day to remove mine. You asked for advice, I gave advice. Your choice
to follow or not.
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