Does Vinyl Plank Need Underlayment?
Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring is the up-and-coming, soon-to-be most popular flooring option on the market today.
If you’ve just had your flooring replaced with vinyl, congratulations!
This flooring will pay back dividends for many years to come.
The reason it’s so popular is due to its versatility.
It’s water-resistant — some models are even fully waterproof! — and it is very durable, capable of surviving all the scratches and scuffles thrown at it each and every day.
You may have even fitted the vinyl flooring yourself — but did you properly install the underlayment?
Read the article below to learn which vinyl floors require an extra level of underlayment and those that don’t.
What Is Underlayment For Vinyl Plank Flooring?
Underlayment is a thin layer that sits beneath your vinyl flooring, protecting it from the hard floor.
Not only does it protect your vinyl floor but it also creates a cushion beneath your feet, deadens sound, and can even act as a barrier against much unwanted moisture.
Do I Beed Underlayment For Vinyl Plank Flooring
As every floor is different, not all floors require underlayment.
To discover if you need it, simply look at your current floor.
If you already have a vinyl floor and intend on putting your new floor on top of it, you won’t need another level of underlayment as it is already built-in.
But under all other circumstances, you will need underlayment.
Some vinyl flooring comes with underlayment already attached to its underside, in which case you won’t need an additional layer.
Still, you might require a barrier to protect against moisture.
What Underlayment Do I Need?
The underlayment you need depends a great deal on the type of flooring you already have installed.
Concrete is hard and inflexible and vinyl by itself will not parlay these shortcomings.
Over time, this surface can play havoc with your joints, so it’s a good idea to have underlayment installed.
It may also be worthwhile looking for underlayment with moisture protection built-in.
On plywood subfloors, a moisture barrier is not necessary, but it can still be hard on the joints, so we generally suggest getting underlayment installed.
How To Install Underlayment For Vinyl Plank Flooring
Generally, we suggest hiring a professional to install your underlayment, but we understand that that is not always within everyone’s budget.
To prepare your floor for underlayment, do the following:
Clean the existing floor thoroughly
The floor needs to be perfectly clean, ridding it of any dust, dirt, grime, and other uncleanliness.
Ensure it is perfectly dry
Once this is complete, you may begin fitting the underlayment
Roll the underlayment material out, beginning in one corner and spreading it across to the opposite end of the room. Ensure to leave two inches around each of the edges as this will be removed after the flooring is fitted.
Line each of the seams up, without overlapping
Tape the seams together using tape. The underlayment doesn’t need to be attached to the flooring underneath, although it may be a good idea to glue it down around the entrances and doorways.