The answer to this question depends on the installation, and it’s not a simple yes-no answer. If you’re installing luxury vinyl plank flooring (LVP) over a soft vinyl floor, you won't need it. On the other hand, if you're installing over concrete or another hard surface that isn't cushioned, you may want it. To confuse matters even more, some vinyl plank already comes with a pre-attached underlayment! In any case, we’ll ask you plenty of questions to determine if you need one; that is the kind of personalized service you can be sure of at Floorz.
What is the function of an underlayment?
An underlayment, which lies between the subfloor and surface, is usually made of felt, fiber, rubber, or foam. It eliminates sound and cushions the feeling underfoot, making it easier on the joints. It also acts as a moisture barrier, can become a flooring stabilizer, and will even hide subfloor imperfections, which can telegraph through to the surface flooring.
What, exactly, is LVP?
This is a form of luxury vinyl flooring (LVF). Here, the vinyl is cut into planks and mounted on boards to resemble hardwood. You’ll also hear it referred to as LVT flooring when it’s cut into square, groutable tile-sized pieces to mimic stone or tile. Whatever the form, this premium product has a stylish, high-end appearance inspired by nature with true to life images taken with digital photography.
LVF is 100% waterproof, durable, and easy to maintain and install; it is a terrific alternative in any room where genuine wood is desired but, for whatever reason, cannot be installed. Features such as micro beveling and embossing give it depth, dimension, and textured appearances, with finishes available in matte, gloss, and high gloss colors.
We work with homeowners in and around Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Lehigh, and Estero and provide free quotes. When you come into the Floorz showroom in Ft. Myers, FL, looking for LVP, we’ll help you find the right flooring solution for your needs. You will experience our personalized service difference.