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  • Writer's pictureChris Black

The Key to LVT Floor Installation: Prep Work

In our recent home renovation, we installed new LVT floors, and I want to share my top tips for success. Prepping the floors might not be glamorous, but it's absolutely crucial.

Focus on Floor Leveling: For older homes like ours from the 1970s are often not perfectly level, so you must do this before you start laying the floor. Neglecting this step can result in buckling, unevenness, and soft spots throughout the house. Not good at all! Take the time to level the floor properly for a smooth and stable foundation.

Tackling Unevenness on a Slab: Our current house sits on a concrete slab, meaning we installed LVT directly onto it. To correct any unevenness, we opted for self-leveling underlayment. It acts like a thin layer of concrete that spreads out effortlessly, creating a better surface for laying the floors.  You can buy self-leveling underlayment from Lowes or Home Depot. We used nine 50lb bags!

Dry Locking for Moisture Protection: To go the extra mile, we decided to dry lock the floor before installing the underlayment and LVT. This additional step ensures that we never encounter moisture-related issues. While it may seem like overkill, it's better to do it right the first time than to face problems down the road.

When it comes to installing floors, proper preparation is key. By prioritizing floor leveling, using self-leveling underlayment, and taking preventative measures against moisture, we will have long-lasting results. Investing time and effort into prepping your floors will pay off in the beauty and durability of your new LVT floors.

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