Vinyl flooring is one of the most affordable and long-lasting options. There is no other type of flooring that can compare to its moisture resistance.
It is easy to install yourself, and a smaller room can often be completed within a day or two of work.
Laying vinyl flooring on a plywood base is a typical method of installation. What are your options if you don’t want to remove your existing flooring even though you already have it installed?
Vinyl flooring can be laid on other types of flooring such as tiles.
Cover these floor surfaces with vinyl tiles.
Vinyl floor coverings may be installed on the following surfaces if a suitable substrate is used:
Concrete floor coverings
Vinyl floor coverings
Solid wood flooring
Made wooden floor
Ceramic or stone tile
Usually completed projects involving vinyl flooring
Preparation is an important part of the work that needs to be done, as with many other types of renovation projects. When laying floor coverings, it is essential to properly prepare the base, also called the base, to achieve beautiful floors that will last a long time.
It is much more important when working with thin floor coverings, such as vinyl floor coverings.
When deciding whether or not to renovate your home flooring, the one you have today serves as a “de facto substrate” for you.
Therefore, the conditions that apply to a normal plywood base also apply to this floor covering base.
Vinyl flooring over wood flooring
Vinyl flooring can be installed on fabricated wood, solid hardwood or other types of wood flooring. If the wood has a lot of gaps, the gaps need to be filled first.
In addition, solid hardwood floors, which are quite old, can shrink or swell over time. Due to this situation, installation directly over the wood would be difficult.
An intermediate base is required for the installation of such wooden floor coverings.
Vinyl flooring over laminate flooring
Vinyl flooring can sometimes be installed on laminate as a base. Laminate flooring, similar to solid wood flooring, can expand when it comes in contact with water. It may be necessary to begin the repair process by focusing on areas with high humidity, such as areas around the sink, dishwasher, and refrigerator.
Because floating laminate is not attached to the substrate, it is easy to remove if the need arises. If your floor is floating (not glued), you will generally achieve better results if you remove the laminate instead of laying vinyl on it. This is especially true if your floor is already bonded.
Vinyl floor over tiles
If the grouting lines between ceramic or porcelain tiles are very narrow, vinyl flooring can be laid directly on these floors. It is important to replace or repair any tiles that are broken or missing.
It is possible that some smaller dents will appear on the vinyl floor due to the wide seams separating the tiles. Instead of laying vinyl directly on the tile, it is best to use a liner in areas where the seams on the floor are very large or deep.
Six considerations must be considered before installing vinyl on other floor coverings.
Vinyl floor coverings can in most cases be easily installed directly on existing floors. In most cases, the flooring material does not have its own properties that would prevent it from acting as a base for the vinyl flooring located above it.
This bottom floor covering can be used if it has all the properties of a suitable base.
Note that vinyl flooring is not only flexible, but also very thin and soft. Vinyl floor coverings cannot effectively bridge or smooth out substrate defects in the same way as thicker, stiffer floor coverings.
For example, gaps, holes and seams in solid hardwood or fabricated wood can be bridged, and fabricated wood can smooth out surface embossing.
When using vinyl flooring, each of these disadvantages has the potential to be transferred or transferred to the layer of vinyl flooring located above it. Even more worrying is the possibility that craters may eventually develop on vinyl flooring in areas where there are large gaps.
Before laying vinyl flooring, it is common practice to first lay a large-format slab backing as a base. Examples of suitable substrates include plywood boards with a thickness of 1/4 inch and dimensions of 4 feet by 8 feet, as well as boards made of MDF chipboard.
In addition to the base, this base will be installed. Large-format baseboards are a great choice for vinyl flooring, as they can bridge surface embossing and small holes, have few seams, and add some extra strength.
Strong and reliable in all respects
After removing the floor covering, the installer can more easily assess the condition of the base. If the old floor covering is not removed, it is impossible to determine whether the base is broken, crumbling, or generally not in excellent condition.
Make sure that the floor covering, substrate and any substrate already installed are of sufficient strength to install vinyl floor coverings.
Floor coverings that are seamless or have tightly spaced seams
Due to their size, large format panels offer a built-in surface that contains few seams. If we take the example of a kitchen floor that is 16 meters long and 12 meters wide, we should use six baseboards. That would only cause a few stitches.
On the other hand, solid hardwood floors used as a base can contain hundreds of seams. If the hardwood floor in question has other problems, such as large gaps between the floorboards (which are often the result of water damage), then there is no adequate basis for installing vinyl flooring.
There are no holes or any other imperfections in it
High and low places in the substrate should be sanded and filled.
Although minor imperfections may not be immediately visible on the surface of vinyl flooring, over time they may become visible in the form of modest craters or hills that gradually appear on the surface.
Very little or no embossing
Surface embossing is one of the desirable aesthetic aspects that can be found in different types of tiles, laminate and vinyl.
To make floor coverings look more authentic (such as the material they copy, such as wood) or just to enhance their appearance, embossing creates very subtle high and low values that provide a three-dimensional effect.
Strong embossing has the potential to telegraphically rise to the surface of vinyl flooring over time. In most cases, this does not apply to vinyl flooring that is thicker than 6.5 millimeters; however, it may apply to thinner plates measuring 3.5 millimeters or less.
When applied to a lower texture surface, thin vinyl is immediately picked up and transferred to the surface.
No moisture below
Because moisture would not evaporate, mold and mildew can occur if moisture gets caught between vinyl flooring and their substrate. Before laying vinyl flooring on a freshly poured concrete base, the concrete must be thoroughly hardened and dried.
When laying one type of flooring on another type of flooring, the question of height always arises. If the previous version was at a height that can be considered acceptable, will the new version that is higher be unacceptable?
One of the best alternatives in this regard is the use of vinyl flooring as a top layer, as it adds significantly less height compared to other types of flooring.
LVP is available in a variety of panel widths, all of which are widely available, allowing you to get the most accurate hardwood look. Oak, walnut and exotic species are just some of the wonderful forests we can find. Options for textured surfaces include beveled edges.
SD Wood Cabinet vinyl flooring in San Diego has a wide range of colors and designs to choose from. Our collection is constantly updated and includes the latest trends.