How To Install Lifeproof Flooring? (Read This First!)

how to install lifeproof flooring

The vapor barrier (6 mil polyfilm) is not required because it will protect you from chemicals reaching your floor. Installation of a 6-mil vapor barrier is recommended. Rated 5 out of 5 by HomeDepotCustomer from This is a great product. It is easy to install, and it works great.

The only thing I would change would be to add a little more insulation to the bottom of the unit. I am very happy with this product and would recommend it to anyone.

Since one look is worth a thousand words, here’s a detailed video about it:

Can LifeProof flooring be installed directly on concrete?

LifeProof vinyl flooring can be installed over existing wood floor, a concrete subfloor or existing concrete slab. It can also be used as a base for a new concrete floor. This product is available in a variety of colors and finishes.

Can mold grow under vinyl plank flooring?

Yes, mold and moisture trapped underneath vinyl floors tend to grow. It may seem like a small space, but mold will find food, water, and oxygen in it. If you have a vinyl floor, you may want to consider replacing it with a non-vinyl flooring material, such as tile.

Tile is not as porous as vinyl, but it is still porous enough to allow moisture to pass through. If you do decide to replace your vinyl with tile, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly install the tile in your home.

Does LifeProof flooring expand and contract?

Lifeproof is a floating floor that should be allowed to expand and contract freely. It cannot be fastened to the subfloor in any shape or form. The floor must be free of any obstructions, such as nails, screws or other fasteners. If the floor is not floating, it is considered to be “floating” and is subject to all the rules and regulations of the building code.

Can LifeProof flooring be glued down?

LifeProof is a floating floor and should be allowed to expand and contract. It must not be glued, nailed, or fastened to the subfloor. If it is, it must be removed and replaced with a new one. If the floor is not floating, you will need to replace it with one that is.

Do you need a moisture barrier under vinyl plank flooring on concrete?

A concrete floor may need a moisture barrier before vinyl flooring can be installed. Installation of vinyl flooring requires a smooth, even surface for the underside of the flooring to achieve the best results. You will also want to ensure that you have the proper drainage system in place.

Do I need underlayment for vinyl plank flooring on concrete?

If you are installing luxury vinyl tile over a concrete floor, a waterproof underlayment is required. The surface of the tile can be ruined by a chemical reaction if water is allowed to pass through. This is why it is so important to install a water-repellent coating on your tile before installing it on the concrete.

Do you cut the tongue off the first row of vinyl plank flooring?

To allow for expansion, place the first plank with the tongue side towards the wall. We recommend cutting off the tongue on this first row to avoid damage. Next, place the second plank in the same position, but this time placing it on the opposite wall. This time, you want to make sure that you have enough room for your tongue to expand. If you don’t, then you will end up with a tongue that is too short.

You can also use a ruler to measure the distance between the two sides of the plank to determine how much extra room you need. Once you’ve determined the right amount of room, cut off a piece of wood that’s about 1-1/2″ longer than the original plank, and place it over the new plank. Repeat this process for the remaining two rows of tongue.

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