We plan to fill in at least the worst of it with a leveling compound. Let us know if you have any additional questions. Our house is on pier and beam raised about 2 feet off the ground and has insulation on the bottom side of the house. You must use padding when installing laminate flooring over sheet vinyl. Here's one thing I found: Where can laminate flooring be installed? We were tild it was a bad batch and only the Montrise Oak was doing it. Hi Jen, thanks for reaching out. With any floating floor, it is important to have a smooth and seamless subfloor surface for installation.
Measure out from the starting wall the width of one full row plus the size of the cut you want to use. The main concern is the joint integrity of your flooring. We would highly recommend having a professional come in and take a look to give their opinion to fix the problem. While you do not necessarily need an underlayment under vinyl, it can help with sound reduction and cushioning and filling minor subfloor imperfections. This brand is a click lock vinyl that comes with an attached cork backing that is a moisture barrier and sound insulator. What kind of felt pad thickness would I need and will this eliminate having to prep the floor? For wet locations, true water-shedding flooring, such as vinyl or , is the best option. When my son was a teen, he used to get hired by the installers to take out the scraper machine for removals of those types of things.
The company that installed it said they would leave it alone and nothing will happen. I was looking for help, not attitudes. While many homeowners long for a hardwood floor, others are desperately seeking ways to cover theirs up. I would advise against an additional underlayment, due to joint stability problems that can occur with a floating floor. Thanks much, David Hi David! This includes color variations, textures, and patterns that replicate the appearance of wood at a fraction of the cost and with all of the benefits previously covered. You do not need to do these steps if your floor has been a water spill or an accident from a child or dog. The surface is pretty flat, but it slopes nearly 2.
The top layer of engineered hardwood is made of real wood, which is porous, and the backing below the top finish layer is made of plywood or a similar material. Providing an Even Surface for Laminate Dips or bumps beneath laminate flooring will cause the flooring to squeak or to quickly come apart, so they must be eliminated. The subfloor is wood and has some areas where the planks are not level or cupped. Also, could a person still bounce a basketball on the flooring with this underlayment? I would go the route of self leveling where the tiles are damaged. Be sure to fill in all cracks and have it be level.
In my opinion, it won't last, but only time will tell. They will give you the highest thermal rating. What is the best underlayment should I use? This is not a product we sell. I hope this helps you! If the concrete slab is in very poor condition, the best practice is to use a grinder or buffer with a concrete scraper over the entire surface before covering it with a layer of self-leveling concrete. Especially if it is , it will enhance the look and feel. We like helping people make the right choices. In a small bathroom, it might be the row that runs alongside the bathtub.
I believe under this 1 inch layer of thinset us either cement board or concrete. Do you need to have an underlayment? Feel free to give us a call at 800-520-0961 if you have more questions about vinyl! These are usually found in residential basements, and you must be careful about moisture migration from the ground through the concrete. This may be nice if you live in a place that stays hot all year round, but for chilly nights when you want to use your basement, you better wear your slippers if you have ceramic. There, we have black cut-back adhesive to someday encapsulate, unless we do carpet on pad. A vinyl is a perfect option for wet areas such as your bathroom and kitchen. Adjust the layout if necessary by adding a cut along your starting point, thus increasing the size of the termination strip.
If you want to look into an engineered hardwood, we have a great sale going on right now:. No residential flooring is designed to withstand pet urine. Keep in mind that in many older homes 40 to 50 or more years old the planks may be in poor condition, warped, etc. Can be cut to size using a utility knife. While I do not believe either of them are actually correct, neither are wrong.
However, our particular product has an attached non-cork pad. Hello, We recently installed vinyl plank flooring in our half-finished basement. It was very crunchy to walk on. While both types of flooring can come very close to the appearance of wood, laminate is the superior option. If you have any other questions, please feel free to reply to this comment or email us at! Another option would be to install a heavy duty underlayment and flooring with no attached pad, however it sounds like you have already purchased the flooring. At this point, you are down to the subfloor, and now you can take the opportunity to see any imperfections and fix them. However, our Tranquility underlayments referenced below may be used to help smooth out minor subfloor imperfections, while offering insulating and sound control properties.
You will not want to use underlayment on the stairs, regardless of what type of vinyl you purchase. For starters, I would highly recommend to remove the existing laminate flooring down first. This typically adds cushion, a vapor barrier and sound reduction to the floor. The surface must be flat and level per our subfloor specifications and the condition of the floor good. The only reason I ask is because I noticed a post above that mentioned no cork on concrete. I hope this helps clarify any misunderstandings that you may have come across in this thread or post.
These are best in bathrooms or other rooms where moisture accumulates. For most glue down vinyls, you will find them 4mm or less, but I believe you can glue down some rigid core floors that may be thicker. Take a look at the installation instructions of those products and you will likely see what substrates are acceptable. I believe I need to use a gule down product? We are glad that you have joined the discussions. The noise very well could be that your vinyl flooring is hitting the subfloor when it is being walked on, creating the click-clack sound. You will be installing over concrete, so keep in mind that it will probably have a hard feel! Check for cracked or loose tiles and grout — these could be signs of a poor floor condition caused by settling that could cause problems for your laminate floor. Hi, My wife and I have a rental house that was originally built pre 1900.