This is a floating floor that glues to itself flooring, the allure planks have a underlayment attached. It will be going over 40 year old wood planks that have had repairs in a ground level living room. Should I use a floor leveler or underlayment product over all floor 25' x 11', or just patch gaps and holes? Thanks.

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    That sort of depends on the current state of level and the particular gaps and holes. Hard to answer such a broad question. Please revise to provide more information and photos, if possible.
    – isherwood
    Commented Aug 29, 2019 at 17:19
  • Thanks for swift response. I'll shoot some pics when I get home. The floor is dry, fairly level for a 70 year old house. I will be patching 3 areas, that have had boards removed and plywood installed for a smooth transition. I guess it can't hurt to do the whole floor. What product do you think?
    – Silvi
    Commented Aug 29, 2019 at 17:35
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    – isherwood
    Commented Aug 29, 2019 at 17:37

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How perfect do you want it to be / How much money and time are you willing to spend?

The vinyl allure product is at the cheaper end of vinyl products so my recommendation would be to forget about leveling and just make sure that the floor is not out 1/2" or more over 4'. So take a 4' straight edge or level and move it along the floor and make sure that any gap under the level is less than 1/2".

The vinyl flooring will conform to the rolling nature of the floor to a better degree than most other flooring types and if you don't mind it being a little bouncy in some places I suspect it isn't worth the effort to do anything more than ensure there are no squeaks, there are no large holes and the floor is within the 1/2" difference over 4'. The floor really just needs to be flat not level and pretty much the only case where I'd go to effort/money to flood a floor with self level is if that room receives no furniture and no area rugs. If you already know the areas where furniture will sit you can spend more time on the areas where someone is likely to walk and notice the bounce / dipping of the floor.

  • Your answer sounds very practical and I appreciate the tip about the 4 foot level. This flooring is cheap and I plan to change it in the future. Thank you.
    – Silvi
    Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 13:07

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