I'm going to do change the flooring of my 40-year old house. The main floor
is carpet, while the bathroom is old lino. I'd like to get the popular
laminate flooring to replace carpet, but need advice on how to do with the
bathroom. After adding laminate flooring, inside the bathroom will be lower.
How to handle where the laminate and lino meet? Maybe I can add a layer of
plywood to bathroom, and place new lino. This way, both sides could be
leveled the same.
It depends on the thickness of and installation method for the engineered
wood product. If you just fasten 3/8" wood to the existing subfloor,
you'll have ~1/2" difference between the inside and the outside of the
bathroom. That's not much, and most people ignore it and put in a piece of
transition trim at the doorway. It normally isn't a trip hazard, but I
don't know your family, so it may be for you.
You can put a layer of plywood down in the bathroom with new resilient
flooring on top if you want to level it out. Beware that you'll have
installation issues with the toilet and cabinets, depending the thickness
of your underlayment. I'd pull the cabinets and run the plywood under
them. I would prefer *not* to put the toilet on the plywood, though it's
done all the time.
Not likely, since he said it was old.
In any case, the transition can normally be handled by the door saddle/
Also, there are many types of flooring product of various thickness
and characteristics that are loosely referred to as laminate. It can
mean an engineered wood base topped with a thinner genuine hardwood
top and hard factory finish. Or it can mean a cheap reproduction
product using totally synthetic material made to look like wood. The
value added to your home will be affected accordingly. In one case
you have a real hardwood floor. In the other you do not. What's
appropriate depends on many factors individual to you.
For the bathroom, I'd go with tile.
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