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Vinyl Plank Flooring FAQs

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Vinyl plank flooring is one of the flooring options that a lot of homeowners are less familiar with because it is a relatively new idea. This flooring has a tongue-and-groove style that allows the individual pieces to be connected together into one floating piece, so it goes down easily, and the finishes available are enough to cater to any style preference. Here's some of what you likely want to know. 

Does there have to be an underlayment installed under vinyl plank flooring?

Vinyl plank floor installation services do not require an underlayment to be installed as long as the underlying sub-floor is smooth and level. The most important thing when installing these planks is to have an even floor beneath, because not having an even surface will cause the planks to not connect together as they should. In homes where the subfloor is not level or in good shape, the vinyl planks may be installed over an existing laminate, or a thin underlayment may be implemented. 

Will other types of flooring have to be removed?

You can install vinyl plank flooring over concrete, ceramic tile, and even wood. For the most part, any flooring that is stabilized because it is glued or secured to the underlying floor will make a stable surface for the planks. Laminate flooring does have to be taken out first because this is a floating, unfixed flooring type and can shift and move. 

What rooms are a good fit for vinyl plank flooring?

Vinyl plank flooring works well in just about any space, much like other types of flooring. The kitchen and the bathroom are two of the rooms most considered for vinyl plank flooring because it can provide the look of hardwood with a more resilient finish. Hardwood doesn't always fare well with rooms where there can be a lot of moisture. In homes where the climate is especially humid, vinyl plank flooring is an excellent alternative to hardwood all over the house. 

Is vinyl plank flooring expensive?

Vinyl plank flooring is fairly affordable, which is one reason why it is preferred by homeowners in small spaces. The typical cost to buy the flooring and have it installed is just over $7 per square foot. That price includes stripping of old materials and disposal, so you may be able to get the job done even cheaper if you get the room prepared for installation before the contractor arrives to get started.