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Can Laminate Flooring Be Installed Over Vinyl?

Are you considering upgrading your home’s floors and wondering if you can install laminate flooring over old vinyl? It’s a common question, and the answer is yes, it is possible, but there are several important factors to consider. This blog post will guide you through the reasons why you might choose to lay laminate over vinyl, the potential risks involved, the installation process, and the necessary post-installation care.

Why Lay Laminate Over Vinyl?


Laying laminate over vinyl is often more cost-effective than removing the old flooring. This method reduces labour and disposal costs, which can be significant, especially in larger areas.

Time Saving

It also saves time. Removing old flooring can be labour-intensive and time-consuming, potentially adding several days to your renovation project.

Environmental Concerns

Additionally, by keeping the vinyl flooring, you reduce waste, which is a more environmentally friendly option.

Is It Safe To Lay Laminate Over Vinyl?

Yes, it is generally safe to lay laminate over vinyl, provided that the existing floor is in good condition. The vinyl should be flat, without damage or significant wear. It should not have any loose areas or uplifts, as these will compromise the stability of the laminate.

What Risks Could There Be?

Moisture Issues

Vinyl flooring can trap moisture beneath it, which could potentially harm the laminate if not properly managed. It’s essential to check for any signs of moisture and address these issues before proceeding.

Vinyl flooring handles moisture a lot better than laminate, so think about why that room has vinyl to begin with. If it’s in a bathroom then you may want to rethink having laminate installed. You can read our top tips for bathroom flooring here.

Uneven Surfaces

If the vinyl is peeling or buckling, it will need to be repaired or removed to ensure a flat surface for the laminate. An uneven base can lead to a spongy feel in the laminate and may cause it to wear unevenly or become damaged.

How To Lay Laminate Over Vinyl Flooring

Step 1: Prepare The Area

Clear the room of furniture and ensure that the floor is clean and free of debris. Check the vinyl flooring for any damage or issues as mentioned above.

Step 2: Moisture Test

Conduct a moisture test to ensure there are no hidden issues. This can involve using a moisture meter or a simple plastic sheet test where you tape plastic to the floor and check for condensation after a few days.

Step 3: Install Underlay

Lay a quality underlayment to create a moisture barrier and help smooth out any minor imperfections in the vinyl surface. This step is crucial for the longevity of your laminate.

Step 4: Lay The Laminate

Start laying your laminate flooring according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Typically, this involves measuring the room, cutting the laminate to fit, and clicking the planks together over the underlayment.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Install baseboards or trim to cover the expansion gaps and give the room a finished look.

Step 6: Care And Maintenance

Once installed, clean the floor with a dry or slightly damp mop. Avoid using excessive water, as this can damage laminate floors.

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Post-Installation Care

Maintaining your new laminate flooring is straightforward:

  1. Regularly sweep or vacuum to remove debris.
  2. Clean spills immediately to prevent slipping or staining.
  3. Use protective pads under furniture legs to prevent scratching.

Exploring Common Questions

Can I Lay Laminate Over Any Type Of Vinyl?

You can lay laminate over most flat, untextured vinyl floors. However, heavily cushioned vinyl or vinyl with deep textures may require removal.

What Happens If There Is Moisture Beneath The Vinyl?

Moisture can cause the laminate to warp or mold. If a moisture test indicates high levels, it is necessary to resolve these issues before installing laminate.

Do I Need To Glue Down Laminate On Vinyl?

Typically No. Many laminate products are designed to be floating floors, which do not require adhesion to the base floor. They expand and contract when warm and cold and to avoid damage they should be allowed to do so. 

How Do I Handle Transitions From Room to Room?

Use transition strips designed for laminate flooring to handle differences in height or gaps between different flooring types.

Is An Underlay Necessary?

It’s best to use them. With laminate its weakness is moisture which causes the wood to warp and swell. If you aren’t taking up the vinyl then you likely don’t know the condition of your subfloor. Install an underlay for your laminate just to help keep the flooring in good condition in case there is moisture issues under the vinyl. 

In Conclusion

By following these guidelines, you can successfully install laminate flooring over old vinyl, adding beauty and value to your home. Make sure to address any underlying issues first to enjoy a stable and long-lasting finish.

If you’re still on the hunt for new flooring, why not give us a try? Easipay Flooring offers great prices on high quality flooring, including laminate, vinyl and carpets. We also offer free underlay for carpets and laminate, and to make buying your new flooring more manageable we’ll also let you split the cost into instalments over time too, interest free! Tap the button below to get started.