“Underlayments and membranes encompass a broad range of categories, from self-levelers, moisture mitigation products, patches/fillers and crack isolation, to systems that deaden sound or often extra cushioning underfoot. Whether available in bags, rolls or buckets, these products are all designed to keep the installation as stable and trouble-free as possible. We asked several leading manufacturers and contractors to weigh in on the segment.…”
“…Dependable LLC. Joe Hostler, Dependable general manager, gives one piece of advice when working with underlayments and membranes: “The best prep is always the best practice. If you want a successful installation, then make sure your substrate is well prepared. I can’t stress that enough.”…”
“…Keene Building Products. Daniel Gibson, Keene Building Products sales and development, noted, “A good sound underlayment is one that installs quickly and easily. The best practice of installation is always the one specified by the manufacturer.”
To that point, he added, “Keene’s QQ Step Soft underlayments can be glued down or adhered by use of a latex modified thin-set. It is not recommended that the use of any mechanical fasteners such as staples and nails be used either during the installation of the product or the finished flooring. The use of such fasteners can severely diminish the overall product, but without the full understanding of the science behind the product the installer may say, ‘What’s the big deal?…”
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“Choosing and Using the Proper Underlayments and Membranes”
Pro FCI Magazine
By: Michael Chmielecki