The Best Vinyl Flooring Underlayment
It can be extremely exciting picking a new floor for your home, but it doesn’t come without its stresses.
With so much to think about and plan for — such as the overall colour scheme, your drape design, your complimentary furniture if you’re buying new items, etc — that sometimes we don’t give the more practical elements a second thought.
It would be a big mistake to ignore the role underlayment plays in our home.
In fact, underlayment can be just as — or even more — important than the actual floor itself.
The shiny, shimmering surfaces of our fancy new floor might get most of our attention but the underlayment provides the much-needed buffer between your floor and the hard surface below it.
In this article, we will reveal the underlayment you should be considering for your shiny new vinyl floor.
Keep your budget close and your mind open as our revelations might just surprise you.
What Type Of Vinyl Flooring Will You Install?
In many ways, vinyl is a truly unique material.
Whereas other flooring types suffer under the constant barrage of a busy family, vinyl soaks it up with ease.
And speaking of soaking up…
Vinyl deals with moisture much better than carpet or wood flooring ever will.
Vinyl also comes in many forms:
Tile-based, sheet, and plank.
Sheet Vinyl Flooring
You may recognise sheet vinyl as it used to be very popular in older houses.
In fact, beneath your feet right now might be the remnants of the old vinyl sheet flooring you remodelled over!
It might surprise you to learn sheet vinyl is just as popular today as it was many years ago, although manufacturers have come up with innovative ways to make an old design more practical for modern purposes.
The difficulty with vinyl as flooring is that you depend very much on the surface under it.
If it’s uneven in any way, it will show through later after the vinyl floor is fitted.
Vinyl Tile Flooring
There are three main types of vinyl tile:
Vinyl Composite Tiles (VCT)
Luxury Vinyl Tiles
Peel and stick tiles
Peel and stick tiles are the only variety that don’t need underlayment.
Make sure the surface is level and peel and stick the vinyl in place.
VCT consists of a moderate amount of limestone, which has only contributed to their popularity.
Unfortunately, this also makes them less moisture-resistant unless they are properly sealed.
Make sure to discuss this vinyl flooring type with experts as some don’t require underlayment, while others absolutely do.
Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) are the most popular form of vinyl tile today.
They are made from man-made materials and are more expensive than other varieties.
Very often, they also come with their own layer of underlayment already attached, ready to be fitted.
It makes DIY installation much easier but predictably ease-of-use adds dramatically to the price.
Vinyl Plank Flooring
Vinyl plank flooring usually slips seamlessly into the luxury vinyl tile category, but there are some notable differences:
First of all, vinyl plank flooring is made almost entirely from vinyl, which makes them a little noisy when walked over.
Many experts suggest having an extra layer of underlayment, but this can create further problems later, which is why we suggest hiring a professional to fit it properly.
Vinyl Flooring Underlayment
If you already have your heart set on a particular type of flooring, make sure to consult with an expert before purchasing, as they can point out if you need anything extra — such as a vapour barrier — added to the mix.
It’s worth bearing in mind that most vinyl flooring comes with the underlayment already attached. This makes it easier to install but can come with its own headaches if you decide to have an extra layer of underlayment.
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