15 October

Understanding Underlayments for Hardwood, Laminate, Resilient

“Flooring underlayments for laminate, hardwood and resilient flooring are designed for many things-including sound absorption, stability, moisture protection and extra comfort underfoot. Whether recycled rubber, cork, wood composite, foam or sheet, these products are built to withstand everyday stresses… as long as they’re installed properly.

Subfloor prep. “Subfloor prep is critical to any successful installation for any underlayment and the major source of failures. Inadequate prep results in laitance [an accumulation of fine particles on the surface of concrete] and other bond-breakers, forming a barrier between the underlayment and the subfloor.” Said Joe Hostler, Dependable general manager. “In laymen’s terms, if you don’t clean up the dirt, you are going to stick to it instead of the concrete underneath…”


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Understanding Underlayments for Hardwood, Laminate, Resilient

Floor Covering Installer

By: Terra Donnelly

October 2015





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