We’ve always been a fan of practical flooring and have had varieties of laminate, engineered, hardwood, LVTs and carpets fitted over the years. They’ve all served us well – with young children and a recent addition of a dog, but I’ve always steered clear of using LVTs upstairs in various houses, because of the subfloor preparation.
This past week, though, I bit the metaphorical bullet and purchased LVTs and was directed to look at Softlay as an alternative to a ply subfloor.
To be honest, I’d never heard of it, but I can see its virtues now.
The expert fitters set about removing the carpet and underlay along with those sabre-toothed edge grippers and didn’t use Softlay as a shortcut to cut down preparation. The floor had debris, staples and rubbish removed – they knew, as I did, that a floor is only good as its preparation.
Softlay Fleece was unrolled and I made a schoolboy error of trying to lift a roll, which was surprisingly heavy for a pen pusher like me.
The Softlay was rolled out in bedroom 2 and the upstairs office, glued down and there was none of the usual palaver of waiting for screed to dry. The wide mFlor planks were laid on top, glued down and the waste was minimal in terms of vinyl and Softlay.
I’ll come clean.
Downstairs, we have Amtico fitted on a screed subfloor but the one upstairs looks and feels better – and I guess this is down to the fitting and the Softlay underneath. There’s a warmth and solidity about the pairing and I can easily see its advantages over the faff of screed or ply bases. I’m not saying I could fit it – I am the Frank Spencer of DIY – but if my life depended on it, I’d give it a try.
I’ve now got German polymer underlay with a Dutch covering and and fearless now about Brexit.
I’m pretty sure this floor will last – whatever happens in the future.