Laminate Flooring Underlayment Installation
Laminate Flooring Underlayment Installation
Sep 22, 2010
This article give basic laminate flooring underlayment instructions for the people who wish to know more about wood floor underlayment.
Category: Home & Family
Classroom: Cheap Laminate Flooring - Reviews, Sale & Installation Guide

Laminate Flooring Underlayment Installation

Laminate flooring is the option preferred by many people due to its easy installation process. However, below the laminate flooring one has to install an underlayment. The underlayment plays a very significant role for a good laminate flooring effect as it helps to reduce the sound made in the room and also acts as a moisture barrier and protects the floor from warping. The underlayment for Laminate flooring comes in a variety of types and thicknesses. It can be installed with a utility knife and a tape.

Types of Underlayment

One must ascertain the area of the floor that has to be covered in order to buy the correct rolls of underlayment. Underlayment for Laminate flooring is usually available in rolls which cover 100 sq ft. There are various types of underlayment which vary in their sound muting effects. Various manufacturers produce their own underlayment.

Unrolling the Underlayment

The underlayment has a strip of plastic which has to be placed all along the wall. The other end of the underlayment has a strip of adhesive tape which is to be attached to the next roll. When you unroll the roll the clear plastic end is found above the adhesive strip and you will see two white foam pieces placed against each other. The underlayment must run in the same direction as the flooring.

Running the Underlayment

Go to the longest wall of the room and run the underlayment near the wall. The plastic strip must be placed on the wall at least up to 4”. The second roll should be placed exactly near the first roll with the plastic sheet overlapping the first sheet edge. This plastic sheet should be smoothed over the tape edge of the first sheet. This process can be continued till the whole floor area has been covered leaving a small gap between the walls and the underlayment. If there is any underlayment in areas such as corners, switches, vents and so on it can be cut around with the help of a razor knife.

Board Cutting

The board has two sides namely the tongue side which is smaller and the groove side. When one installs the boards in the corners, the tongue can be cut off. When one comes across a door opening, a transition strip can be placed. The spacers can be put and one must measure the length of the board required in front of the door.

The board has to be cut and at the same time the face has to be protected. The tongue and groove design helps to set the boards right into place. A pull bar can be used for the last planks. The joints of each row must be staggered for a good look. After installing the first three rows, they can be pushed against the wall and the spacers can be put back for keeping the gap.


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