Installing luxury vinyl flooring over a concrete slab

Installing luxury vinyl flooring over a concrete slab

Luxury vinyl is a flooring material that is versatile in function and design so that you can install it anywhere in the home.

Carpet Mill Outlet offers a large selection of vinyl flooring in Portland, OR, including styles that mimic other floor coverings and display impressive patterned designs. We deal only with top companies like Mannington and Mohawk.

Installation methods

Luxury vinyl planks and tiles can be installed using loose lay, floating floor, and glue-down.

Loose-lay luxury vinyl butts together over concrete to form a removable floor, while planks and tiles designed for floating floor construction click and lock together, so the floor floats above the subfloor rather than attach to it. Waterproof brands are best for this application.


Underlayment, or padding, is placed under waterproof vinyl flooring to enhance performance, add comfort underfoot, and provide thermal and sound insulation.

Sometimes the underlayment is pre-attached to planks and tiles, but regardless of the type used, a moisture barrier is included when the flooring is laid over a concrete slab. Often, underlayment is made of foam.

Successful installation

Luxury vinyl is flexible, and like the hardwood some styles imitate, it expands and contracts with humidity levels and temperature fluctuations.

This change is not noticeable and will not cause problems during the luxury vinyl flooring's lifespan when installed correctly. For successful installation over concrete, the concrete slab must be level and clean.

Your premier flooring store in Portland, OR!

Carpet Mill Outlet provides waterproof vinyl flooring installation, free in-home measurement, design consultation, and more. We serve an area in Oregon that includes Oregon City, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, and Beaverton.

We invite you to visit our showroom in Portland today or take advantage of our mobile showroom, which can bring luxury vinyl flooring samples to your home.