One of the most overlooked parts of any floor installation is the underlayment. Installing the right underlayment can make your new floor last longer and be more comfortable for your family. Let us help you learn how to install Vapor 3-in-1 Silver Underlayment.
Installing underlayment is easier than many homeowners realize. It can also help cut costs by as much as 10%!
Which Underlayment Is For Me?
When looking for the perfect underlayment for your home, start by searching for a 3-in-1 underlayment, such as Vapor 3-in-1 Silver Underlayment. 3-in-1 underlayment offers the most luxurious features in your flooring, including:
- Vital underlayment properties
- Vapor barriers to prevent excess moisture from ruining your new floors
- Sound reduction to make walking on your flooring quieter
In this guide, we take you through each of the steps on how to install Vapor 3-in-1 Silver Underlayment in your home. With our easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, you’ll be amazed at just how easy it is for you to complete your flooring project.
Where To Use It?
This type of underlayment is ideal for the rooms in your home where moisture is a concern, such as the bathrooms, laundry rooms or kitchens. You can use Vapor 3-in-1 Silver Underlayment on both wood and concrete subfloors, making it extremely versatile.
But Before You Begin…
One of the easiest ways to ensure you have a successful project is to prepare before you begin. With all of the necessary supplies, tools, and materials on hand your project can complete your project in a fraction of the time.
- Enough Vapor 3-in-1 Silver Underlayment
- Broom or a Shop Vacuum
- Utility Knife
Step 1: Clean Away All Debris From the Subfloor
Before you lay the first section of underlayment, you need to clear away all debris, dirt and objects from the subfloor. Using a shop vacuum is best. If you don’t have a shop vacuum available, you can also use a broom. Give your floors a good cleaning. This will ensure that your project is a success!
Step 2: Do a Sub-Floor Double Check
Damage to your subfloor might be subtle but it can have a tremendous impact on your project’s success. Look over every detail of your subfloor to make sure that there is no damage. If you notice any cracks, holes, protruding objects, or sections that are not level, stop. You’ll need to repair these damages before you can continue.
Step 3: Time to Begin!
Once the subfloor is clean and well-inspected, you’re ready to begin. Get started by rolling out the underlayment with the silver side facing down. The tape strip should be flush up against the wall. Leave the overlapping section on the side that goes out toward the room. You’ll need this section later as you continue to unroll your underlayment.
Step 4: Do a Side Check
Double check that the flooring you just unrolled is facing the correct sides. The tape strip should be next to the wall, and the overlapping film must open toward the room. If this is backwards, it is important to fix it now or your floor will not be installed correctly.
Step 5: Install Parallel to the Wall
Make sure your underlayment is installed parallel to the wall. This is the best way to ensure your underlayment works the way it should.
Step 6: Cut and Paste
Once you’re sure that your underlayment is facing the right direction and is parallel with the wall, you can cut it. Cut the underlayment using a utility knife for the most exact results.
Step 7: Add Temporary Tape
At this point, you might want to add tape to the underlayment to keep it in place temporarily. This helps prevent the underlayment from shifting while you work.
Step 8: Add your flooring
With the first row of underlayment down, it’s time to install a small section of your flooring. Follow the directions from the manufacturer to make sure you install your flooring on top of the underlayment correctly.
Step 9: Start a New Row
Once you’ve installed your flooring up to approximately a foot away from the pad, it’s time to install your next layer of underlayment.
Step 10: Combining the Edges
Butt the edges of the underlayment together. Make sure that you only overlap the silver film.
Step 11: Remove the Adhesive
Remove the adhesive layer. Then, stick the two sections of underlayment together.
Step 12: Tape if Needed
If the underlayment does not seem to be secure, you might need to add extra tape. Put this tape over the seam to avoid the two layers from slipping away from each other.
Step 13: Finish the Installation
Continue following these steps until the installation is complete.
Installing Vapor 3-in-1 Silver Underlayment is not difficult when you know how to do it. With these instructions, you can successfully complete your DIY project like a pro!
Now, we’d love to hear from you! How did your project turn out? Did you have success with these steps? Let us know in the comments!
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