We had water damage in our basement and discovered previous owners had installed engineered hardwood directly onto concrete. We are now ripping out the hardwood and are considering vinyl plank flooring but I'd like some time of subfloor to 1) avoid future water damage and 2) make the basement floors warmer.
1) What type of subfloor would we install that would accommodate vinyl plank
2) How do you install the vinyl plank - is it a click system like some laminates? One of the flooring store employees said not to use glue plank because the seams will show eventually
3) Any brands of vinyl plank you would endorse or are they all pretty much the same?
I would recommend Everwood Premier, its waterproof, quiet, durable, warm, dent resistant & easy to maintain. It's a unclic installation, so its not glued down. This product could go over the concrete and would not need sub-floor as it has a cork backing. There are other products that are just as durable but few have the cork backing and offer the same state of the art visuals. You can feel the difference, warm to the touch, comfortable & quiet underfoot. The cork has antimicrobial protection and the product has a 4 sided bevel with a low gloss finish.
Sorry to hear what happened to your basement. Vinyl plank is a great option for your floor. But you need to choose WPC flooring- second generation for your basement. It's Unclic system, easy to install, and water proof. We could use EVA underlayment between the concrete and WPC flooring. It's not just about brand, you have to check the joint, the material.
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