Luxury vinyl planks (LVP) have become the rising star of the flooring industry. LVP are practically magic, solving so many homeowner issues with affordable style. LVP is water-resistant or waterproof, and available in a wide range of styles designed to fit any décor style imaginable.
Modern advances in the category mean that vinyl flooring durability has improved over the years. Most notably, the thicknesses have increased from 2mm to 6mm+. Also, vinyl flooring is being manufactured with more rigid core material. Another innovation is click-lock vinyl flooring, which utilizes an easy-to-install locking system similar to laminate and engineered wood floors.
LVP may seem like magic, but often it’s what’s underneath that matters most. If you’re considering or specifying an LVP project, make sure you have the right underlayment for your floor. In particular, if you are installing your new flooring over a concrete subfloor, a 6 mil vapor barrier is usually required. If you’re unsure whether or not you need an underlayment, be sure to check out our list of Top 5 Reasons You Need an Underlayment for Your LVP Project.
The most important thing to know upfront is that not all underlayment is made the same. Features vary, but important attributes include a water barrier, acoustical buffering, support and insulation. The only product that delivers complete protection is waterproof Eco Cork Foam® (ECF). ECF is the only underlayment on the market with a built-in 6 mil moisture/vapor barrier, providing the highest level of moisture protection and convenience available.
ECF is made using an innovative foam and cork technology, making it an all-inclusive, eco-friendly underlayment that delivers unmatched strength and support, superior acoustical buffering, and protection from mold and fungus for the life of your floors.
If you’re planning an LVP project, consider the benefits of ECF underlayment to maximize your investment. ECF is the most innovative and effective flooring underlayment available and the only choice to provide absolute peace of mind knowing your flooring is protected from moisture for a lifetime. ECF is proudly made in the USA and sold exclusively at The Home Depot® .
ECF is manufactured in North Carolina by Palziv, North America. Palziv brings together world-class science and engineering to deliver innovative products, materials and services for the construction, building, automotive, recreational, medical and packaging industries. Every day, we strive to grow our community, working with others to seek sustainable, innovative, market-driven solutions that promote better, safer, and healthier lifestyles and protect the environment for generations to come.