Vinyl Flooring in Richmond, VA from Richmond Decorating Center

Vinyl Plank Flooring: What Surfaces Work Best?

Richmond Decorating Center here, serving Richmond, Glen Allen, and Newport News, VA since 1977. We're your trusted flooring experts, and today we want to guide you through the world of vinyl plank flooring – a beautiful, durable, and affordable choice for your home.

The Versatility of Vinyl Plank Flooring

Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) and Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring have surged in popularity, and for good reason. They mimic the look of wood or stone while offering superior water resistance and scratch resistance – perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, and busy households!

But, Can You Install Vinyl Plank Over Anything?

While vinyl plank flooring is incredibly versatile, the surface you install it over is crucial for a successful, long-lasting outcome. Here's a breakdown of suitable subfloors:

  • Concrete: Clean, level concrete is an excellent base for vinyl plank. Always ensure it's fully cured and moisture-free.
  • Ceramic Tile: As long as the tiles are in good condition and the grout lines are filled, you can install vinyl directly over ceramic tile.
  • Plywood: Popular and reliable, plywood subfloors should be smooth, level, and free of imperfections.
  • Existing Vinyl: In some cases, you can install vinyl plank over older vinyl sheet flooring. However, the current flooring must be in good condition and properly secured.

Important Considerations

  • Moisture: Installing over subfloors prone to moisture? Consider a moisture barrier underlayment to prevent future problems.
  • Leveling: Significant imperfections in the subfloor may require leveling before laying your vinyl planks. This ensures a smooth and beautiful finish.
  • Installation Type: Some vinyl plank products require an underlayment for sound reduction and cushioning. Research your chosen flooring's specifications.

Need Expert Help?

At Richmond Decorating Center, we offer not only a wide selection of vinyl plank flooring but also expert advice from our flooring specialists. With showrooms in Richmond, Glen Allen, and Newport News, we're ready to help you find the perfect flooring and guide you through the installation process.