Waterproof Installation Guide
What I need to know
There’s a lot to think about when it comes to installing waterproof floors. It’s good to have a sense of what the process entails before you buy. At The Floor Store, we have years of experience and are happy to answer any of your specific waterproof installation questions. In the meantime, here’s a brief overview of what to expect.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The benefits of waterproof flooring are not limited to the floor’s durability, versatility and aesthetics. Waterproof floors can also be pretty easy to install.
No matter which waterproof product you select, a successful installation starts with a properly prepped subfloor. It’s imperative that the subfloor be clean, dry and level. Many manufacturers recommend using an underlayment designed to smooth uneven subfloors while also providing moisture and sound-absorption barriers.
- Can I install my waterproof floor myself?
Yes. The rigid planks and tiles allow for “Floating Installation” over many existing floors, and the Angle-Tap installation is suitable for the average DIY installer. However, we recommend a professional installation performed by our highly-trained and knowledgeable installer at Custom Carpet Centers.
- What tools will I need if I want to install waterproof floors?
The necessities are a hammer, tapping block and a pull bar. We highly recommend using ¼ inch spacers and a crosscut power saw with a blade suitable for plastics. Other basics to have on hand include a pencil, chalk line, tape measure and 3M Scotch Blue™ Tape.
- Where can waterproof floors be installed?
Our 100% waterproof planks and tiles can be installed in any room of your home, from basement to top floor.
- Can waterproof floors be installed over radiant heat?
Yes. Please see the installation manual for detailed instructions and considerations.
- Can I install my waterproof floors outdoors?
No. Well, technically you could. However, installing waterproof floors outdoors will negate any product warranty.
- Do I need to leave expansion space?
It’s a good idea. While our waterproof flooring solutions are a very dimensionally stable product (it doesn’t expand or contract) the same can’t be said for your home’s walls or any adjacent hardwood floors. That’s why we recommend leaving ¼ inch space next to walls and adjoining hardwood floors.