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Can you install carpet over laminate?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
OK a question has popped up in the pre-planning phases...I have a finished basement, hardwood laminate (installed on the 'pad' so I guess it's 'floating')....can you install carpet over that laminate when the time comes?
I know you "can," but does it make a difference as far as acoustics are concerned?
thanks
post #2 of 7
I wouldn't. Do not take a shortcut, and just rip up the laminate.
post #3 of 7
If the laminate was installed properly and you are not likely to have any moisture issues that might cause it to buckle, it can stay, but I would only bother if it is currently solving some uneven floor issues or you actually plan on returning the room to that laminate in the future. Otherwise it should be a quick project to remove it.
post #4 of 7
You could go with throw rugs.
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
OK guys, thanks so much. Had a pretty long talk with 'the wife' last night about finances, plans, etc. and am probably putting the home theater on hold for a few years...HUGELY disappointed right now. The bright side is that I may move the project upstairs after kid #1 moves out, which is a huge bedroom in our cape cod, probably much better suited to doing a theater the right way.
post #6 of 7
That gives you lots of time to plan it out and make it perfect.smile.gif I was in the research/design mode for more than a year and then put everything on hold for another year before really getting into mine.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks Spaceman, and thanks for your help. It may be more like a few years, which is the hard part to swallow, but who knows? Either way, you're right, it does give me time to plan, I was pretty rushed if I'd gone with the original plan.
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