Prepping A Subfloor For Laminate and Other Types Of Flooring
One of the best ways to produce a great looking floor is to always prep the subfloor as much as possible. Preparing a subfloor mostly involves making sure that the underlayment will rest flat on the surface. This can be accomplished by simply tapping down any nail heads that are protruding through the surface. It is also important to walk the space and listen for possible squeaks. If squeaks are detected it is recommended to drive two-inch drywall screws into the affected areas.
Driving screws directly into joists is the most effective strategy. Once the subfloor has been properly prepared it is then time to rollout the underlayment as required. In most cases thin rubber underlayment will be used to form a tight moisture barrier that provides cushioning underneath a laminate floor or some other type of flooring. Underlayment is highly effective at deadening sound. Consumers have several choices when it comes to underlayment products today. Talk with your flooring manufacturer or flooring distributor to find out which type of underlayment will be best.
A Drywall T-Square
It usually comes in 3 to 5 foot wide rolls and is available in various lengths. When installing the underlayment it should be rolled out from wall to wall and then the length can be trimmed with a utility knife. Using a drywall T-square it is easier to cut the material. When laying underlayment it is wise not to overlap edges. Finally, there is never a need to staple or tape the material to the subfloor. If required, masking tape can be used along seams to prevent the material from shifting. Contact Timberline Discount Flooring Houston Design Center for Houston flooring products that last.