Originally Posted by SoloMatt
I have read of people laying laminate directly over the factory carpet. I am interested in doing the same, eventually.... but cutting the carpet and removing it before laying the laminate or vinyl would give more peace of mind in terms of moisture collection, right?
Frank and Matt I've laid laminate over the carpet twice now in our 1999 17' SD. I didn't like the job of fitting around corners I did the first time, that was about 6 years ago. The second was 2 years ago.
IT'S MUCH EASIER TO CLEAN!!
It would be a major project to remove all the carpet and if you wanted to do it properly you would need to remove all the interior cabinetry.
There's no doors or opening to cause any problems. I did remove the slanted Casita wood covers over the pipes in the corners of the rear and side dinettes first along with the vinyl stick on trim around the edges. I didn't like that trim but have not found a better solution yet. The closest was using a light
brown rubber base molding like in a kitchen and cutting the height in half. It would have been perfect but the the 3M spray adhesive I used did not stick to the fiberglass
Maybe I should try another adhesive.
Buy a premium quality laminate that will provide better moisture protection both from above and below. Run your planks side to side for a better appearance.
It has a nice finish and does not need any floor sealer.
On removing the first laminate there was NO sign of any problems from moisture and that includes around the refrigerator
where the upper vent that is a known source of water leakage.
If your carpet gets wet, not just tracked in from your shoes, find and eliminate the leaks
first. This should be done laminate or not.
I look at adding laminate as something I can easily replace in a day or less as it shows signs of ware. It's a small high traffic floor, easy to replace.
The standard oak color is a pretty close match to Casita wood. the second time I choose Chestnut that is a nice contrast.
I don't think place and click vinyl is thick enough to cover minor imperfections in the OSb flooring and or carpet.
The carpet gives laminate a soft feel like the under laments made for laminate too.