The adhesive on peel-and-stick planks, while strong, don't perform well in cold temperatures and the moisture fluctuations you're likely to find in the garage. Generally, swelling is caused by moisture, so it might be helpful to get a home inspector to come in and take a look at what is causing the issue. Even though the product doesn't contain wood, it can still expand in conditions of high moisture, and this could cause the planks to curl. In every room the floor is not level and is not smooth. Since vinyl flooring is a thinner product, you need a different underlayment.
I would check with your installer and see what his thoughts on filling in the grout would be. They will give you the highest thermal rating. Instead, take up all of the old laminate flooring. Overall, vinyl flooring is the easiest to care for on a daily basis. The rule of thumb is any vinyl over 4mm can have a vinyl specific underlayment.
Harder woods and engineered woods are more durable than exotic woods. This means that before laying vinyl planks, you have to fill depressions with leveling compound and knock down bumps with a chisel or belt sander. Due to the smooth texture of tile and the need for the wood adhesive to stick to it, it is not recommended to direct glue down wood flooring over tile. For most vinyls, we recommend no more than 1. The underlayment should be 1.
We are the second owner of the house, and I don't think the previous owner done any flooring work on the house in the last 8 years. You can opt for a vinyl with pre-attached underlayment, or simply add underlayment beneath the flooring you are installing. We recommend several ways to test this and steps you can take to control it. In some instances, a cushioned vinyl could cause your new floor to squeak. Cut the planks by using the straightedge and the utility knife to fit the room.
Using two underlayments could void the warranty if any problems with the joints occur. Since your subfloor is wood, you will not need a moisture barrier underlayment. We moved into our house about 6 months ago. The manufacturer should have specs on both those. Place the strip down on the floor and remove the paper covering the adhesive stripping on each end so the piece adjacent to it can adhere. Seams will be seen, knots, cracks, and the like if any vinyl is glued directly to it. I am considering installing 100% waterproof rigid vinyl flooring that also has attached padding underneath to convert a concrete garage floor into a pool room.
I want to maximize thermal insulation. Its currently Laminate wood plank in the dining room hall and bathroom, then linoleum in the kitchen and carpet in the living room. The concrete floor has lots of imperfections. Vinyl plank is a super versatile flooring option that has surged in popularity over the last few years. If you have anymore questions, please call us at 1-800-520-0961 or email us at! From cherry to or even exotic cedars, manufacturers are introducing new vinyl flooring products that look more realistic than ever. Are You Up for the Challenge? Attach the baseboards with nails going through the baseboards and into the wall.
So the cost of what we need to do is not really an issue we just want it done right so that it stays in place with no buckling, lifting etc. It is important for the expansion gap here, so that the floor has room to grow without buckling. I think this flooring will last you! That product is also Mohawk line called SolidTech True Vision; thickness 6. Running the floorboards along the longest dimension of the room will make the room appear larger than it is. If you are concerned that the sub-floor will not be level enough with the staples being hammered down, we recommend looking into a self-leveling product at your local home improvement store to level out any sub-floor imperfections. Was this a problem with installation, and is there a way to fix this? Please let us know if you have any additional questions. If you want to look into an engineered hardwood, we have a great sale going on right now:.
Feel free to give us a call at 800-520-0961 if you have more questions about vinyl! When thinking about installing engineered hardwood over existing floors you will want to make sure the floors are relatively smooth and free of major imperfections. However, for the long term, hardwoods go the distance and with proper care and maintenance can look good as new for many years. We would not recommend only putting underlayment on one half of the floor and not the other half. If you think moisture under the planks will be an issue, we recommend laying a vapor barrier film above the subfloor. Replace it only after the installation is finished.
Just to clarify — vinyl plank flooring is a floating and clicking floor. Slight movement can occur with temperature fluctuations, but it will not cause locking system issues like a click lock will. Our contractor will be using an extensive amount of self-leveling concrete to prepare our sub-floor as well as replacing any plywood that needs it. If you have any other questions, please let us know! The subfloor is wood and has some areas where the planks are not level or cupped. We ripped up the previous carpet and will be scraping off all glue, etc, to properly prep prior to installation. Question is is that there is a bathroom with shower with same type of sub flooring.
You can also cut off one-third of the first plank, then two-thirds of the second plank and alternate every three rows. When working over tile floors, first coat the tile floor with a self-leveling compound to ensure all the grout joints are flush and full. What does Armstrong say about going over hardwood? Appropriate subfloors include existing wood flooring and concrete. We recommend uninstalling your cork flooring before installing the loose lay vinyl flooring. Frequently asked questions about Before you purchase your flooring read our other Articles: Reply by HoskingHardwood : Having 1 x 6 plank subfloor was very common to see over the years and is fine to use under hardwood flooring as long as you install the wood flooring across the planks. I would highly recommend speaking with the person in charge of your installation to confirm what is the best for your situation. The house is built on a concrete slab.