We are renting a new space for my wife's dance studio and I am in charge of the flooring issue. The space currently has a thin carpet installed on a concrete slab. I'm thinking that in order to get a "poor man's" sprung floor, why can't I just install a plywood floor on top of the carpet, then lay our vinyl "marley" flooring on top of the plywood? If I lay 3/8" plywood down over the carpet with some minimal spacers between the panels (think credit card width), then lay 1/2" plywood on top of that in an offset pattern, then unroll our marley flloor and tape it down, would that work? How would I secure the plywood panels on the top layer to each other?
Bad idea IMO. The floor will not be secure or flat. Be better off removing the carpet. The floor will be uneven and tend to move when you walk.
It's an interesting idea, but I think the plywood would damage the carpet over time. You might want to put something between the carpet and plywood, maybe foam underlayment, the kind that's usually used for laminate flooring.
You may be able to secure all the layers by attaching quarter round molding along your existing baseboards to press down the edges of your new floor.
Let us know how it works out.
Now that I think about it, two layers of plywood isn't going to be cheap. Maybe it would be more cost effective to remove the carpet, then pay to have it replaced when you move.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Annett,
I installed a click and lock cork floor over a low knap commercial carpet at our church's coffee house 6 years ago instead of installing the recommended pad. It has worked well and we haven't had any issues with the floor popping or any other issues with it for that matter. We went this route because the carpet was glued to asbestos tiles and we didn't want to disturb the tiles in the process of removing the carpet.
It would all depend on what you want to cover the carpet with and how thick the carpet is. Our's was essentially fuzzy concrete with a very tight pile. Ours was a floating floor that needed a pad anyway.
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