Pad that plank?

In almost no time at all, we’ve gotten several requests for additional information since we ran our posts here (and on RenaissanceRonin.wordpress.com) about Vinyl Plank Flooring.

In those posts, we discussed it’s use as a durable, affordable, easily installed replacement material for hardwood flooring.

Vinyl Plank Flooring is often used in combination with tile or carpeting. In fact, in “low budget builds” the savings reaped from using Vinyl Plank instead of hardwood can help home-owners pay for tile or carpeting.

Vinyl-Plank-Flooring-Tile

We also showed you a few videos that details the Vinyl Plank Flooring material and it’s installation.

While we battle weather-inflicted delays here in ISBU-ville (I’ve decided that I hate the Arctic – she can keep her lousy storms), I thought that I’d take a moment to address them;

Most of the emails we’re getting point out the fact that we’d apparently forgotten to discuss the different pads that are laid beneath the vinyl plank flooring to cushion it.

There’s a reason that we didn’t discuss it.

You DON’T use a pad under most types of vinyl plank flooring.

This is due to the created potential for movement that a cushioned pad allows. While you normally use a pad under hardwood flooring, vinyl plank flooring has a small and flexible contact tongue and groove surface area that will actually separate under the flexing and movement of the pad.

If you choose to use any type of underlayment at all, it must be VERY THIN. The last thing you want is to spend the rest of your days repairing flooring that has separated.

Keep in mind that the surface of the concrete or sub-floor MUST be smooth to perform the best.

Man, I can’t wait for a good night’s sleep in my own bed! 🙂

Till next time…

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