How do you install laminate flooring over concrete?

How do you install laminate flooring over concrete?

Begin installation by laying a plastic vapour barrier (minimum 6 mm thick) or any other manufacturer-recommended barrier on the concrete subfloor to prevent moisture from reaching the laminate flooring. Use vinyl tape to secure the barrier and keep it from coming out.

Can you install vinyl plank flooring directly on concrete?

Most of the vinyl planks are designed to be laid on the existing floor. However, you need to assess the condition of the surface on which you want to put the vinyl plank. ... For the case of concrete floors, an underlay is necessary for your sub-floor.

What can I put under vinyl flooring on concrete?

Perhaps the easiest way to improve the insulation of a floating vinyl floor on concrete is to install a thermal underlayment, preferably made of cork, felt or a similar material. If you use an underlayment without a moisture barrier, it's a good idea to install a sheet of plastic below it for insurance.

Why is my concrete floor damp?

Concrete is a naturally very porous material and water can rise up or travel through capillaries which can lead to damp floors and mould issues. The easiest problems to isolate and repair with damp-floors are issues with above-ground services, such as leaking pipes.

What is the best underlayment for laminate flooring over concrete?

Best underlay for laminate flooring is foam or cork. Best underlay for laminate flooring is foam because it is simple to install, it is a good sound barrier, and is very cost effective. Some best foams have attached additional layer which functions as the best moisture barrier.

Do you need moisture barrier on second floor?

You should not need a vapor barrier for wood floors on the second floor. Unless there is some water feature, steam room, or other moisture sources on the first floor, the moisture barrier for hardwood floors under the first floor should suffice for the rest of the home.