Depending on the flooring material and the installation method, certain subfloors are better suited for the job. With GoHaus flooring, here’s is a break down of the preferred subfloors based on flooring material we carry.

Vinyl Click-Lock Flooring 

Click-lock vinyl (also known as interlocking vinyl) is one of the most versatile, in regards to compatibility with subfloors. Click flooring can be installed over pretty much any type of flooring as long as it is somewhat level with limited imperfections. Underlayment can be used to cover up imperfections that are minimal, such as grout lines if not too deep and unevenness of the subfloor. Approved subfloors include:

  • Wood (plywood subfloor or existing finished hardwood floor)
  • Concrete & below grade subfloors (underlayment recommended)
  • Tile
  • Subfloors with radiant heat systems

Glue-Down Vinyl Flooring

Glue-down vinyl has some restrictions with subfloors. Depending on if you want to preserve or just cover up your previous flooring you will have some decisions to make. If you’re looking to preserve your previous floor, glue-down isn’t recommended because the adhesive will ruin it; go with Click-Lock. If want a replacement, you can install glue-down vinyl as long as the subfloor is level with minimal imperfections. With glue-down planks being thinner in total thickness they will show more imperfections of the subfloor and also imperfections in the levelness of the adhesive if not installed correctly. Approved subfloors include:

  • Wood (plywood subfloor or existing finished hardwood floor)
  • Concrete & below grade subfloors (underlayment recommended)
  • Tile

Engineered Wood

Engineered woods – no matter if you’re floating them or gluing them down – will need to have an almost perfect subfloor or previous flooring. The reason for this is because engineered wood is more rigid in regards to planks forgiveness.  With engineered wood planks any waves or bumps will create a gap in between the subfloor and the actual flooring, which will cause noticeable imperfections once installed. Recommended subfloors include:

  • Wood (for floating, gluing and nailing installations)
  • Concrete (for floating and gluing installations)
  • Tile (for floating installations)
  • Subfloors with radiant heat systems (for floating installations)

For more information in regards to what new flooring you can install over your previous floors give our flooring specialists a call at 844-463-5667.