Asked on Jan 18, 2018

Can LifeProof LVP flooring be laid BEFORE toilet/shwr/vanity?

Leigh Adams
by Leigh Adams
We are adding a new bathroom+bedroom and have someone available to do the flooring BEFORE the plumber can get back to do the finish work (i.e. install the toilet and vanity) all rough in plumbing work has been done. The HomeDepot Video says to install the cabinet and fixtures THEN install the LifeProof LVP flooring. I understand that some of flooring will be covered by the vanity and shower (and is wasted time & money) but will it lessen the integrity of the flooring to have to make cuts after it is laid?

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  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Jan 18, 2018
    It is better to install your flooring totally before putting in the fixtures. Just make sure the fixtures are placed on a cardboard while doing the installation so they do not scratch the flooring. This way all you will have to do is caulk around the base of your fixtures so the water, if any, does not go underneath.

    • Freddy Akins Freddy Akins on Feb 14, 2019

      Joy you are wrong. Lifeproof is a floating floor and your cabinets must be installed first. There must be a 1/4" gap around any fixtures so that the floor can expand and contract.

  • Freddy Akins Freddy Akins on Feb 14, 2019

    I realize this is too late for you but maybe it will help someone else.

    Taken from the Lifeproof installation sheet...

    "LifeProof is a floating floor and should be allowed to expand and contract freely. It must not be glued, nailed, or fastened to the subfloor in any way. Permanent cabinets, vanities, islands and similar items should be installed first. Then, install LifeProof around them, leaving the proper expansion gap. LifeProof can be installed under vanities with legs. LifeProof can be installed under toilets; leave proper expansion space around flange and use a premium waterproof 100% silicone caulk. Do not anchor toilet through the material."