Why should LVT have an underlayment?
Luxury vinyl flooring is extremely popular this year among homeowners and owners of light commercial space. And for good reason – it is affordable, durable, and good looking. But it is not perfect.
If installed without underlayment, it can easily dent or randomly compress to the base on which it rests. The best way to preclude or minimize those issues is to install underlayment engineered specifically for LVF. Underlayment engineered for under luxury vinyl should be dense enough and firm enough to support the floor and should be able to minimize denting.
And, because underlayment in general is often used for sound reduction – always a welcome attribute in floor assemblies used in multi-story residences and light commercial space – it should address sound reduction, as well. Manufacturers of underlayment that carries good sound ratings typically report those ratings in their sales literature, on their websites, and/or on the underlayment packaging. Pairing new LVF with a well-matched underlayment makes great sense and will boost performance of the new floor for the life of the installation. Take a look at LuxWalk, a thin but dense fiber acoustic underlayment that earns A’s on all counts.