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Do I need underlayment to install vinyl plank flooring?

Do I need underlayment to install vinyl plank flooring?

When installing new flooring, it is important to know if you need underlayment.  Unlike laminate flooring, most vinyl floors are designed to lay right on the subfloor. But there are a few exceptions to the rule, but with all flooring installations, there are a few things that are required no matter what floor you install. Before you install vinyl floors, always make ... Read More »

How should I choose laminate flooring underlayment thickness

How should I choose laminate flooring underlayment thickness

Dear John, Great question! Your underlayment sits between the laminate flooring planks and your subfloor. The type you choose has a big impact on the comfort and life of your flooring, so it is important that you make the right choice for your needs. What To Keep In Mind Underlayment provides three core layers of protection, which is important for ... Read More »

What Should I Look For in Laminate Flooring Underlayment?

What Should I Look For in Laminate Flooring Underlayment?

Dear Jon, When it comes to underlayment options, you have a lot to choose from. It’s understandable that things get a little bit overwhelming trying to sort through it all. You want to make the right purchase decision, but where do you start? I’ll help. Does Your Laminate Flooring Have Underlayment Attached Already? The first thing you need to look ... Read More »

Do I need to glue vinyl flooring?

Do I need to glue vinyl flooring?

We get asked a lot if you need to glue vinyl flooring down. What many people don’t seem to know is that whether you glue it down or not depends! There are a few types of vinyl flooring, each with a unique installation process. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the manufactures installation instructions and options prior to purchasing and ... Read More »

Ask Bob and Betsy: Can I Use Laminate Flooring in a Bathroom?

Ask Bob and Betsy: Can I Use Laminate Flooring in a Bathroom?

Dear Ariana, You’re right. There’s no such thing as waterproof laminate flooring. But that does not mean that laminate cannot be installed in rooms where there is some water. The biggest concern with bathrooms is both water and humidity, which can cause buckling or bubbling. For those reasons, we would only recommend installing in a half-bath or powder room that ... Read More »

Why Is My Floor Bubbling?

Why Is My Floor Bubbling?

We’ve recently been getting a lot of questions about floor bubbling. The questions range from what causes it, to how to fix it. We’re here to help you prevent and fix floor bubbles and buckling with this article! Moisture and Laminate Flooring: The Basics The wood materials in the laminate flooring expand and contract with moisture. Humidity is one of the ways that ... Read More »

Can I use a thick or double layer underlayment with laminate flooring?

Can I use a thick or double layer underlayment with laminate flooring?

No, it is not recommended to install a thick or double layer of underlayment with laminate flooring. Underlayment is manufactured and meant to be used as only a single layer to allow your floor to be balanced and float properly. If you install any additional underlayment, the base for your flooring will end up being too soft and could jeopardize ... Read More »

Ask Bob & Betsy: Is Laminate Flooring Good for Bedrooms?

Ask Bob & Betsy: Is Laminate Flooring Good for Bedrooms?

Dear Samantha, This is an important consideration to make. The flooring you put in your bedroom will have a major impact on the look, feel, and comfort level of the space. Although carpet is often seen in master bedrooms, it is not always the best type of flooring for the space. Here are the top 4 reasons to add laminate ... Read More »

How Thick is Laminate Flooring With Underlayment

How Thick is Laminate Flooring With Underlayment

Dear Stephanie, To know how thick laminate flooring with underlayment is for your home, you need to first decide what type of underlayment you need to buy. Underlayment comes in various sizes and thickness levels. You will determine the level you need based on what type of subfloor you have, what type of vapor barrier you need, and how much ... Read More »

Can I install laminate flooring over vinyl flooring?

Can I install laminate flooring over vinyl flooring?

Many homeowners ask whether or not they can install laminate flooring over vinyl flooring. The short answer is yes, you can install laminate flooring over vinyl flooring. However, there are special things to consider. How To Do It Right Laminate flooring can be installed over vinyl as long as: The vinyl is level The vinyl is in good condition The vinyl ... Read More »