One, Two, Three, Floor! Underlayment?
January 18, 2010 8:00 AM Subscribe
We're putting in a laminate "wood" flooring in our kitchen. I've read this thread
for great tips. However (underlayment question)...
posted by carlh to Home & Garden (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
...will we really need to add underlayment?
Here's why I think we won't have to: We'll be installing the floor on top of an existing linoleum floor that's in fine shape (just ugly) and we have no concerns about it, either for its durability or its "bounciness." Does this existing level of flooring address any reason we would have for installing the underlayment?
What would be any downsides to skipping that huge step/cost?
My understanding is that the underlayment is to allow the flooring to "give" a bit during a new installation over bare plywood, and to provide a moisture barrier. So I'm thinking my existing flooring accounts for that - is that too optimistic?
FWIW I am a competent DIYer, but have never done any flooring. Located in the Northeast.