Installing engineered hardwood over existing flooring is a great option for people who have hard to remove floors such as glued down hardwood or glued down vinyl. When installing a floor over your existing floor you will want to choose an engineered wood floor that is at least 1/2″ thick and over 4 3/4″ wide. This type of structure will ensure that the floor will stay stable.
Engineered wood floors can be floated over existing floors such as: laminate, vinyl, hardwood floors, and even some types of tile. When thinking about installing engineered hardwood over existing floors you will want to make sure the floors are relatively smooth and free of major imperfections.
When floating engineered hardwood over it will be tempting to not put an underlay underneath the floor, but you will need to put a floating floor underlay between the existing floor and the new engineered floor to prevent squeaking and other unwanted noises.
Installing engineered hardwood over existing floors may also require that you cut the interior doors and any exterior door that opens into the house. This is due to the fact that your floors will be a little higher. Many times the expense to have the doors cut is less expensive than removing the existing floor. This is especially true if the existing is tile or glued-down hardwood.
All of the simpleFLOORS locations offer floors for people installing engineered hardwood over existing floors. We carry a wide range of colors and styles that will suit any decor and budget. Stop by one of our simpleFLOORS stores today.