Installing Vinyl Plank Flooring in Basement - whats the best order?

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I have recently bought a 3 bdrm bungalow with a great basement that needs some updating.

I need to tackle the flooring, some drywall, painting and ceiling patching.

Prepping the floor is where I am right now. I have peeled the vinyl sheet flooring off because it was already peeling off and there is some glue residue. Some areas in the basement are vinyl tiles which have been painted over in the past - they will be staying and the flooring will be put over top. My plan is to install vinyl plank flooring throughout the basement but I am reading a ton of conflicting things about laying the flooring and how to prep.

Here is my plan... any suggestions?

- Peel up vinyl sheet in main living area of basement
- Leave vinyl tiles in bedroom, kitchen, bathroom (asbestos concern)
- Do not scrape up adhesive from peeled vinyl sheet
- Apply self leveling cement primer
- Apply self leveling cement in some uneven areas (its not too bad plus it will avoid scraping/grinding the floors for glue)
- Add a moisture barrier (is it needed? the vinyl may be manufactured with on these days)
- Begin to install Vinyl Plank flooring
- Install transition strips in basement between the bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom which will all have the flooring installed
- Install moldings

Am I on the right track here?

q installing vinyl plank flooring in basement whats the best order
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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Nov 21, 2017
    I am wondering where in Canada you live, as that will affect the aspect of humidity and temperature change over the seasons. Before you install the new materials, you should think about the HVac system that the house has and how you can integrate any improvements to air flow needs.
    • JaySqueaks JaySqueaks on Nov 22, 2017
      Hey - thanks for taking time to read my question. I’m in Toronto and the basement moisture is not too bad. However, new windows are getting installed in a week and the HVAC appointment has ready been made for the upgrade. Good tip and I’m right there with you.
  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Nov 21, 2017
    I agree with the HVAC system. Removes humidity and gives you continuous fresh air which is really helpful if anyone in the family has allergies. I would recommend putting down the damp protecting 2X2 insulation interlocking underlay first. This way if you have any dampness or water coming into the home this will save your flooring. The other thing it will do is to help to keep plank or tile flooring from coming loose on the edges. If there is any dampness at all you will eventually have a problem. (speaking from experience and I was advised by the flooring store that I would not need the underlay. (Very wrong) The underlay will also make your floors warmer. I used the more expensive vinyl plank flooring which had fiberglass in them too. Do the floor before you start piling stuff down there or it will be a huge job to move it all to do your project. Be sure to paint your walls before you do the floors because the paint will be hard to get off the flooring. Good luck!!
    • JaySqueaks JaySqueaks on Nov 22, 2017
      Okay. I felt similar about the underlay and figured it would be a good idea even though not consistently suggested. I just don’t want to do it if it really won’t make an impact.

      The basement is getting gutted. Working on the ceiling this week and then dry wall. After that is the fun paint job. Floors then we fix up some kitchen basics. Long story short... I appreciate the advice on what you did with flooring and how it went. Thank you!
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 21, 2017
    I would patch the walls first,paint them and do the moldings before the floor installation. Do you want to paint with a newly laid floor? Secondly Vinyl plank flooring has totally come along way from previous Laminates. I would still recommend you speaking to a professional on using this with moisture in the basement.
    • JaySqueaks JaySqueaks on Nov 22, 2017
      hey - thanks for the tips. I have heard it is pretty resilient and that the vapour barrier isn’t necessary but then again, I have heard the opposite as well.

      I totally hear hear you on paint etc. I am going to be doing a few things before flooring - but Black Friday deals are kicking around for flooring and I was just getting thinking about what the best way would be for installation. Still in demo phase ...
  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Nov 21, 2017
    I went back to look at your other points and recommend that you do not install vinyl anything over anything that is lumpy because it will show. For the upstairs with the hard tiles, I would lay click flooring over that. There are transition strips available for doorways.
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Nov 22, 2017
    Hi Jay,
    It depends on the type of vinyl planks you are looking for. The type I am thinking of buying is a drop plank. Each plank is removeable (without disrupting the others) and washable should there be a flood, or if one gets dirty. You cannot put it over a moisture barrier, because it would slide. It is as waterproof as you can get. It is made for humid areas like basements and bathrooms.
    I recommend that you go to a higher-end flooring store, where the people are trained, to ask your specific questions. You can buy the flooring wherever you want afterwards.
    I like to pick up samples, and try them in the space to see how they hold up. I borrowed some waterproof, rigid plastic type planks, and they scratched really badly before I even got them home.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Nov 23, 2017
    If you want to check for dampness, place a plastic over a suspect area and weigh it down, leave a few days and then you will see if you have any humidity. My test did not show humidity, but I ended up with a problem anyway. I sincerely regret not putting down the underlay and I did use the recommended glue for the planks It will cost a little more but you will find it well worth while and it will definitely make your floor warmer. The underlay is an insulator as well as a vapour barrier. The underlay is easy to put down.
  • Flipturn Flipturn on Nov 23, 2017
    Congratulations on being able to purchase a house in the crazy Toronto market. I hope that it brings you much satisfaction and pride in making improvements yourself, and that it brings you many happy years as your home.