How to Guide: Waterproof LVP

Waterproof luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring is an excellent choice for areas in your home that are prone to moisture, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. This versatile and durable flooring option not only withstands water and spills but also provides a beautiful and realistic wood look. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to successfully install waterproof LVP in your home.

1. Prepare the Surface: Before installing waterproof LVP, make sure the subfloor is clean, level, and free from any debris. Remove any existing flooring, including the baseboards. Fill in any cracks or holes in the subfloor and ensure it is dry before proceeding. You may need to use a level and sandpaper to achieve a smooth surface.

2. Acclimate the Flooring: It is essential to acclimate the waterproof LVP to the room’s temperature and humidity for at least 48 hours before installation. This allows the flooring to adjust and prevent any expansion or contraction after installation. Open the boxes and leave them in the room where the installation will take place.

3. Install an Underlayment: While waterproof LVP already has a built-in underlayment, installing an additional one can provide extra sound insulation and cushioning. Lay a moisture barrier underlayment over the subfloor to protect against potential moisture damage. Simply roll out the underlayment and trim it to fit the room’s dimensions, leaving a small gap around the edges to allow for expansion.

4. Start the Installation: Begin installing the waterproof LVP flooring at one corner of the room. Lay the first plank with the tongue side facing the wall. Use spacers along the walls to create an expansion gap, typically around 1/4 inch. Continue adding planks, connecting them tightly by angling and clicking the tongue-and-groove edges together. Stagger the planks to create a natural and appealing look.

5. Cut and Fit: Measure and cut the planks when reaching the end of a row. Use a utility knife or a vinyl cutter to make precise cuts. Remember to leave the same expansion gap along the walls. When fitting the last row, you may need to cut the planks’ width to ensure a proper fit. Use a pry bar or pull bar to ensure tight connections between the planks.

6. Finishing Touches: Once the entire floor is installed, secure the baseboards back in place to cover the expansion gap around the room’s perimeter. Use a finish nailer or adhesive to attach the baseboards. Check for any loose edges or gaps between the planks and secure them with a tapping block or adhesive if needed. Clean the floor thoroughly to remove any debris or adhesive residue.

Following these steps, you can now enjoy your newly installed waterproof LVP flooring. Its waterproof properties ensure easy maintenance and durability in areas prone to moisture. With its realistic wood look, you can achieve a stylish and functional flooring solution for any room in your home.