Yes, you can lay a new floor on top of your existing one

Renovating your home and want to get rid of that hideous floor the previous owners somehow adored? Don’t start demolishing it just yet: if it’s decently levelled, chances are you can simply lay your new vinyl, laminate or hardwood floor on top of it.

By installing a new floor on top of your old one, you get the best of both worlds: the time-tested stability of the old floor, and a sparkling dash of newness. Don’t worry about doors or thresholds either: most vinyl, laminate and hardwood floors are so thin that minimal adjustments – or none at all – are needed.

To remove or not to remove

Some subfloors, however, do need to be removed. These include damp-porous floor coverings (e.g. carpet, needle felt…). If the subfloor is wooden, you’ll also need to remove any other existing floor covering.

On the other hand, damp-sealer floor coverings like PVC, linoleum etc. installed on a concrete subfloor don’t have to be removed, but require a suitable underfloor before installing your new floor on top of them.

Quick-Step offers a solution for every situation and every taste. Within our laminate, parquet and vinyl collection, you’ll find floors that suit your specific circumstances. Rigid vinyl, for example, doesn’t require a levelled floor and can be installed on top of an old tile floor. Simply choose a suitable underlay and get started.

Do it yourself

The best thing about installing a new floor on top of an existing one? You avoid inconvenience, dust and debris, and you obviously gain precious time. Just buy the materials and get started!