Is 3mm underlayment good?
You might see thickness listed when shopping for laminate underlayment, but it’s usually not important. Most underlayments are 2-3mm thick. The advantage of 2mm would be with radiant heating or under thin laminate but 3mm is more common.
Is 2mm underlay OK for laminate flooring?
Acoustic White 2mm Thick underlay is ideal for Wood or Laminate Floors where a simple but protective underlay is required.
How thick should underlayment be?
With that being said, most underlayments are 2-3mm thick, but are sometimes thicker for carpet or to smooth out an uneven subfloor.
What should I use for underlayment?
Plywood, hardboard, and cement board are common choices, but sometimes the underlayment is simply a thin foam padding.
Do you staple down underlayment?
There is no fastening the underlayment to the subfloor. If your choose this route, staples are a good choice to fasten the underlayment. Staples usually have a coating which help increase the holding power. Using a crown compression stapler, staple 2 inches on the seams and edges with 4-6 inches apart in the middle.
What kind of tape do you use for underlayment?
We recommend to use duct tape as every hardware store carries this product. Some manufacturers sell specialized tape for underlayment but there is no extra benefit.
Can I double up on underlayment?
No, it is not recommended to install a thick or double layer of underlayment with laminate flooring. Underlayment is manufactured and meant to be used as only a single layer to allow your floor to be balanced and float properly.
Can you screw down underlayment?
Never use screws when doing underlayment. It would leave raised spots where they crush the wood and would all have to be filled and sanded. A few other rules, the fasteners need to be every 4″ on the edges, 6 to 8″ in the field. There is no need for any gaps between the sheets.
Do you nail down underlayment?
Lay the underlayment down perpendicular to the floor joists. For example, ¼-inch underlayment calls for 3d ring-shank nails every 3 inches along the edge and every 6 inches within the field of the underlayment. When nailing underlayment, don’t think that longer nails are better.