Top 5 Reasons You Need an Underlayment for Your LVP Project

Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) have evolved to be the industry’s leading, all-purpose flooring solution. Available in a wide range of styles, price points and built-in durability, LVP is a quick choice for many home projects. However, it’s easy to sabotage your project if you neglect to use an underlayment and need one. If you’re considering or specifying an LVP project, make sure to consider the following questions:

    1. Is your subfloor concrete?
      If your subfloor is concrete, there’s a high likelihood, if not a certainty, that moisture will escape and build up beneath your flooring. Moisture accumulation leads to mold, mildew and other bacterial growth. Moisture can also damage the flooring system by causing buckling, warping, and the tongue and groove connections to fail. To prevent moisture accumulation, you should always use a 6 mil vapor barrier.


    1. Are you concerned with bacterial growth?
      As we described above, mold, mildew and bacteria can lead to significant environmental issues within the home. If this is a concern for you, your family or clients, you should certainly consider an underlayment with antimicrobial properties. Eco Cork Foam® (ECF) is infused throughout with antimicrobial protection, not just the top or bottom surface, to ensure a lifetime of protection.


    1. Are you looking to add warmth and comfort to your home?
      For many homeowners, adding an underlayment to their floor is a game-changer in terms of comfort. With any flooring, adding a layer of cushion and insulation beneath your flooring can significantly improve the experience. ECF provides thermal insulation beneath your floor, in addition to reducing drafts with the help of the attached vapor barrier.


    1. Is your subfloor perfectly smooth?
      A simple way to ensure that your floor doesn’t bow, warp or expose irregularities in the subfloor is to use an underlayment. Vinyl flooring that is 4mm or thicker will include a built-in vinyl layer to help compensate for minor irregularities. However, adding a quality underlayment such as ECF beneath the subfloor and flooring will further counterbalance the top layer and smooth out most any deformities that exist.


    1. Do you want to protect your flooring investment?
      Apart from buying a quality flooring product and installing it properly, the best way to protect your flooring investment is with a quality underlayment like ECF. ECF is rated to be the most effective, protective and affordable flooring underlayment available for vinyl planks, tiles and more.
      If you answered yes to any of these questions, take a closer look at ECF underlayment. ECF is proudly made in the USA and sold exclusively through The Home Depot® .


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