1 4 inch underlayment for vinyl flooring

How To Install 1 4 Inch Underlayment For Vinyl Flooring?

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Vinyl flooring is one of the best floors widely used in home and commercial buildings. Vinyl floor durability, flexibility and low maintenance makes it very popular. One of the main problems of vinyl flooring is that get worn out quickly. The most common problem of vinyl flooring is wear and tear caused by heavy foot traffic, high temperature and water damage. The best way to avoid this problem use underlayment for vinyl flooring. It helps to protect the floor from UV rays, traffic and water.

What are the common underlayment for vinyl flooring?

Underlayment provides a thin layer over the installed floor that hide problem of subfloor. Some types of underlayment for vinyl flooring widely used, these are:


Foam made of plywood and one of the most expensive underlayment. Attractive and comfortable but not mix well with water.


Felt is an excellent underlayment widely used for reducing noise. Insulate floor from sound and ensure comfort surface.


Cork underlayment also absorbs sound. Work better for preventing  moisture and mold.


If require for less expensive and durable underlayment, Plywood is ideal for you. Looking attractive and works better with water.

Oriented Strand Board:

Oriented strand board underlayment is similar to plywood, but less durable. Prevent moisture and keep floor always dry.

What do you need for laying out 1/4″ underlayment for vinyl flooring?

You need some tools for installing 1/4 inch underlayment for vinyl flooring, these are:

  • Carpet stick tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Utility knife
  • Broom

All of this equipment need for installing quarter inch underlayment or 1/4 plywood underlayment.

Prepare the floor:

Prepare the subfloor for Installing 1/4″ underlayment for Vinyl flooring. Collect all unnecessary things from subfloor. Sweep dust, dust and dry debris from the subfloor, if find any sticky equipment remove it. You may use vacuum cleaner for cleaning your subfloor. If you see any broken pieces of subfloor remove them immediately and fix it.

If your subfloor made of concrete you will face moisture seepage so use vapor barrier over the subfloor that save your underlayment for vinyl flooring from moisture.

Lay down underlayment:

Lay down the roll of 1/4 inch underlayment material over the top of the subfloor. Some tools necessary for laying underlayment for vinyl flooring. Lay down the roll slowly over your subfloor . Do not start from corners or edges first because it’s makes your task tough.

Use adhesive and lay over subfloor: 

If you use underlayment in high foot traffic area you need glue, tape, or sticky material fixing 1 4 inch underlayment for vinyl flooring to the subfloor .For limited foot traffic subfloor just lay over 1 4 flooring underlayment top of the subfloor. Lay down1 4 underlayment until full over the top of your subfloor. For heavy traffic floor It is best to use adhesive for laying underlayment on vinyl flooring .

Cut underlayment: 

After reaching the wall cut 1/4 underlayment for vinyl planks  by using utility knife, scissors or a straightedge of metal. Remember to cut underlayment on the long side of your plank. You need to cut the long side because this way underlayment will cover most of your subfloor. Cuts for vinyl flooring should be not only straight but also be at an exact length.

Secure underlayment: 

After cutting underlayment, you need to secure it to the subfloor. You can either use adhesive or nails. When you use adhesive, the underlayment will stick to the subfloor. Securing 1/4 plywood flooring from entire floor damage adhesive is the best choice. Before applying underlayment for vinyl flooring, it is important that you clean your subfloor thoroughly with special cleaner such as mineral spirits so that no heavy metals will cause moisture issues in subfloors.


1 4 underlayment for vinyl flooring will hide damage of your floor. Use adhesive on subfloor that will make flooring stick and prevent damage from heavy traffic.

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