1/26/2017

Installing Laminate Flooring over Linoleum

You can feel a traditional feeling at your home if you provide a hardwood floor. The grain patters inside laminate and the stain applied to the surface will help make your home more beautiful. If linoleum floor installation is not enough for you, you can install a floating laminate floor. This is a kind of floor that consist of engineered wooden planks which are covered in a laminate finish with a wood-grain pattern.

It’s called a laminate floor because they are locked together using a tongue and groove system instead of having the individual planks nailed on the subfloor. Maybe you already know how to install a linoleum floor, but how to install a laminate floor? Installing a laminate floor is easy.

Installing Laminate Flooring over Linoleum

  1. Remove the molding with a pry bar along the edge of the baseboard. Take care when removing the quarter round when you want to reinstall it.

  2. Vacuum the surface of your linoleum floor to remove any dirt and debris. Mop the linoleum floor with a mild detergent and gives time to dry.

  3. Laya panel of laminate flooring and a piece of foam underlaymentagainst the door jambs inside the room. Cut the bottom edges of the jambs by lying a flush-cut dovetail saw on top of the laminate and then sawing the jamb.

  4. Cover your linoleum floor with foam underlayment. This provide a barrier between the linoleum and the laminate. It is also provides some cushioning to the laminate floor. Cut the foam with a utility knife.

  5. In every two feet around the perimeter of the room, place 1/4-inch spacers against the baseboard.



  6. Lay the first board properly so the groove on the side edge is against the spacer and the tongue on the long edge is facing you. Apply a bead of glue on the side edge of the board. Then, hook on the second board’s side onto the tongue. Press it and wipe away any glue which seeps up through the joint. Use a glue approved only by the manufacturer for the laminate floor.

  7. Continue laying the first course of board. If a full-sized board doesn’t fit on the end, you have to measure the distance between the spacer against the wall and the edge of the last board. Then. Cut a board to fit with a circular saw. Install the board and lock it with pry bar between the board and the spacer.

  8. Cut a board in half with the circular saw. Install the first board in the second course. With the same process, install the second course of board and add glue to the tongues on the backs of the boards in the first course.

  9. In the second course, place a tapping block against tongues of the boards. Tap it gently with a hammer. This step can tightens together the boards in the two courses.

  10. Continue laying laminate floor boards. In each course, stagger the boards as you lay them. In every sixth course, apply painter’s tape to help keep them tight while the glue cures.

  11. Measure the distance between the spacers on the back wall and the end of the floorboards. With a jigsaw, measure and cut notches for the doorways into the boards

  12. Along the back wall, remove the spacer and apply glue to the tongues of the last course of boards.

  13. Install the last course by fitting the grooves and tighten the joints with pry bar between the last course and the wall. Push the board together. Allow the glue to dry at least 12 hours.


That’s all the things that you can do for installing laminate flooring over linoleum.