Laminate flooring on top floor of this 3 storey HMO?

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    Laminate flooring on top floor of this 3 storey HMO?

    Hi, new here, sorry if I'm unfamiliar with the etiquette of this forum.

    I wanted to consult people's opinions on changing carpet to laminate flooring, on the upstairs floors of this 3 storey house, which is currently being let out room by room.

    One of the rooms upstairs has a carpet which is old and dirty, and needs changing, and I'd like to change it to laminate flooring.

    I've already done so on the ground floor, but I was wondering if it might be too noisy to have on an upstairs floor, which has people living below?

    Would love to consider some aspects which I may have missed.

    For example, what if I add a thick rug after installing the laminate flooring, to dampen the sound? Surely this would be even better than just carpet?

    Many thanks in advance.

    #2
    I wouldn't install laminate on an upper floor of a shared house. The noise will be horrendous for the people below. If I were you I would stick to carpet plus a good underlay.

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      #3
      Would carpet still be better than laminate + thick rug?

      I'm sick of carpet getting stained by tenants and difficult to wash or replace.

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        #4
        Switch to really good underlay and cheaper carpet over the top.
        You can replace the carpet and keep the same underlay when it gets stained.

        If you have a rug over laminate, a) it'll get stained and b)someone will trip on it or it will slide.
        When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
        Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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          #5
          Thanks for the suggestion but that doesn't really solve the problem of needing to replace the carpet so often due to stains and stuff. And I've found that a lot of people from overseas actively dislike carpet a lot.

          Any other ideas / viewpoints?

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            #6
            You can get cheap carpet which is even bleachable. I also recommend a good underlay. I find a cup of white vinegar with a tablespoon of washing up liquid is good for spot removal of stains on carpet. I also have a vax for cleaning between tenancies, I picked it up second hand and its useful for cleaning soft furniture also. With maintenance as needed between tenancies my carpets still look like new.
            The tenants' deposit could be used towards replacement if needed (taking into account years of use) and carpet can be replaced in a few hours. Laminate would be very noisy and is easily damaged. If you put a rug over laminate floor the tenant may just remove the rug anyway.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Sandstone View Post
              Thanks for the suggestion but that doesn't really solve the problem of needing to replace the carpet so often due to stains and stuff
              Build the cost of replacing the carpet into the rent.

              Or put in proper soundproofing, then you can do what you want.

              It's an upstairs flat. Just putting down laminate isn't really an option.
              As I think you realise.
              When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
              Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                #8
                Sorry if it wasn't clear, but this is a house, not a flat. I own the whole building as a single property, and the rooms are being let as individual rooms, hence why I'm posting on the HMO subforum, but apologies if this would be better placed elsewhere?

                How exactly would one "put in proper soundproofing"? I've asked builders this before and didn't get any answers.

                As for the rent, I do the same as any landlord - price it at the level I think someone will pay for it. This is a refurbishing question, and my margins don't really come into it.

                Also, sorry if this info comes late, but the space directly below the bedroom in question is actually a bathroom, if that's relevant?

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                  #9
                  Thanks for clarifying!

                  I still don't think laminate flooring will work anywhere but on the ground floor.
                  Maybe put some rugs over the carpet on the most travelled areas.
                  When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                  Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                    #10
                    The sound of people walking on laminate flooring will travel to the rooms adjoining the one directly below it.

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                      #11
                      We have used Vinyl floor covering which has a more cushioning effect than laminate but is not so hard wearing. It can mark or dent if you put heavy furniture on it - but it is a better look and easier to clean that carpet.

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                        #12
                        Thanks everyone. I was wondering if something like this premium acoustic underlay would be effective and reducing sound for the downstairs?
                        https://arbiton.com/en/underlays/multiprotec-acoustic/

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                          #13
                          Any one that designs flat conversions should know how to do the sound proofing. I suspect that tends to be architects, who then just give the builder a detailed specification.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Sandstone View Post
                            I was wondering if something like this premium acoustic underlay would be effective and reducing sound for the downstairs?
                            https://arbiton.com/en/underlays/multiprotec-acoustic/
                            I don't know about that particular underlay but I fitted a specialist 'sonic underlay under a laminate floor in a flat I own and still had complaints from the neighbour downstairs. Laminate flooring has an extraordinary capacity to transmit impact noise. Read the research.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by DPT57 View Post
                              I don't know about that particular underlay but I fitted a specialist 'sonic underlay under a laminate floor in a flat I own and still had complaints from the neighbour downstairs. Laminate flooring has an extraordinary capacity to transmit impact noise. Read the research.
                              Thanks, do you have a link to the sonic underlay you used?

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