Yes.  Although it does not have any wood in its composition and is constructed of 100% waterproof materials, it can shrink and expand as humidity levels change, creating gaps and misshaping.  We can’t emphasize enough the importance of excellent installation with vinyl flooring, as it goes a long way toward the appearance, performance, and longevity of your floor.

We hear that all too often, inexperienced installers who don’t fully understand different techniques install it incorrectly, resulting in costly repairs, premature replacement, and delays, not to mention stress.  As an example, different vinyl types have additional acclimation timing requirements, with composite tiles needing to go through the process longer than engineered vinyl. 

If it’s determined that the vinyl is too thin to hide imperfections, then, yes, the subfloor will need sanding because deformities will show through to the surface. One of the great benefits of vinyl floors these days is that they’ve come a long way with design options, but to have stunning floors, your installer will make sure everything's installed correctly.

Luxury vinyl is thicker than the standard sheet

Indeed, the luxury version is thicker than a standard sheet, but the installer may still feel that a thickness of 7-mm or 8-mm with a subfloor that isn’t in good shape will telegraph. As thickness increases, the challenges associated with imperfect quality subfloors decrease.  If you’d like to avoid that issue entirely, choose LVT flooring or vinyl plank flooring with a 10-mm or more thickness. Thicker vinyl also increases durability.

With almost 30 years of experience, PSLflooring.com offers the highest quality, craftsman-like installations and competitive prices.  Come into our showroom for information on vinyl flooring, our other products, and a free quote. We’re in Port Saint Lucie, FL, serving Port St. Lucie, Martin County, Indian River, Jupiter, and Jensen Beach.