Question - Do I need a vapor barrier for vinyl flooring?

Answered by: Ronald Flores  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 17-06-2022  |  Views: 1198  |  Total Questions: 12

Vinyl floors under 4mm should be installed right over the subfloor. If you have any areas on a concrete subfloor with moisture concerns, it is recommended to use a vapor barrier underlayment that will not add any cushion to the planks. Vinyl floors that are glue down or loose lay will not need a vinyl underlayment, as these floors will be installed directly over the subfloor. A vinyl flooring underlayment will not be as thick as a laminate or hardwood underlayment. It will add extra cushion to the floor, creating a softer feel under foot. Vinyl floors under 4mm should be installed right over the subfloor. If you have any areas on a concrete subfloor with moisture concerns, it is recommended to use a vapor barrier underlayment that will not add any cushion to the planks. Expansion and contraction is a fact of life When installing floating vinyl floors it is necessary to allow for this expansion by leaving a gap around the perimeter of the floor or anywhere it meets another floor or vertical surface. Some disadvantages of vinyl flooring include: Cannot be repaired. Can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) Shorter lifespan than wood floors. No impact, or negative impact, on home resale value. Difficult to remove, especially if adhesive is used during installation. Not eco-friendly; difficult to recycle.

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Before applying the vinyl tile, make sure the concrete floor is completely dry. Also vacuum and sweep the floor to remove any loose dirt and dust. After vacuuming, use a dust mop to remove any remaining dust. Concrete floors are notorious for minute pits and damage.

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Instructions Remove the baseboards. Prep your subfloor so that it is clean, dry and level within 3/16-inch change per 10 feet. Use a self-leveler on low spots and / or sand high spots of wood or concrete. Do not sand vinyl flooring – it may contain asbestos.

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Since flooring experts generally recommend against installing traditional strip or plank hardwoods below grade, the six best options for basement flooring over concrete are: Wood. Laminate. Carpet. Vinyl Tile. Ceramic Tile. Rubber Tile.

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Pry up any existing shoe molding from around the perimeter of the room. Cover the entire floor with ¼-inch plywood underlayment secured with 1 ¼-inch (3d) underlayment nails. Make sure to stagger the joints. Spread a thin layer of leveling compound along the plywood seams with a 6-inch drywall knife.

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Vapor retarders have been used since the 1950s. Recently, though, research has shown that the old traditional layer of 6-mil Visqueen (polyethylene plastic) under the slab is seldom effective for two main reasons: Although it may seem water-tight, this grade of material allows a lot of water vapor to pass through.

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Which way does the insulation vapor barrier or kraft paper go over a basement or crawl space: facing up (towards the floor above) or facing down (towards the crawl space or basement floor)?

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One common underlayment for vinyl floors is 1/2-inch particle board. It's inexpensive, flat, smooth and bonds well to the vinyl adhesives. On the downside, particle board underlayment has very little structural strength.

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Roll the moisture barrier onto the floor lengthwise. Overlap the next row by 3 to 8 inches, depending on the manufacturer's instructions. Seal the seams with a moisture-resistant tape all the way down the length of the row. Repeat these steps until the whole floor is covered.

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Installing vinyl plank flooring ca be done over most surfaces as long as those surfaces are smooth. Rough and uneven spots will telegraph through the new flooring, causing noticeable high spots that will wear faster than the rest of the floor.

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A shed without heat and air-conditioning does not need to have a moisture barrier as it will cause condensation and mold growth. If you plan to build your shed on a concrete floor, a plastic barrier under the slab will prevent moisture from entering through the concrete.

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LifeProof™ can be installed under vanities with legs. LifeProof™ can be installed under toilets; leave proper expansion space around flange and use a premium waterproof 100% silicone caulk. LifeProof™ is a waterproof floating floor, but it should not be used to seal an existing floor from moisture.