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How to Install Floor Muffler Ultraseal Underlayment

How to Install Floor Muffler Ultraseal Underlayment

One of the biggest perks you’ll get when you install Floor Muffler ultraseal underlayment on your own is money savings. Installing the underlayment on your own saves approximately 10% of the total cost of installing laminate.

Floor Muffler ultraseal underlayment is one of the best underlayment products you can put down. Not only does it help blog moisture, but it also makes your floors quieter. In fact, this underlayment is often called “quiet” underlayment. If you don’t want to hear the pitter-patter of everyone’s feet as they glide across your floor, you’ll want to install Floor Muffler underlayment before you begin your project.

Where To Use It?

As a rule, the underlayment must be laid down over the subfloor before installing your flooring. Floor Muffler Ultraseal underlayment is suitable for both wood subfloors and concrete subfloors making it one of the more versatile types of underlayment.

Sound Good? Let’s Begin!

We’ve put together this detailed illustrated guide to show you just how easy it is to install Floor Muffler ultraseal underlayment. With our step-by-step instructions, installing this underlayment will be one of the easiest and most enjoyable parts of your project.

Before you lay anything down, you must get organized with all of your supplies and tools needed for the job. It’s critical that you are well organized before you begin. Lack of organization can cause tremendous difficulty later in the project. It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with our tips for successful laminate flooring installation.

Supply List:

  • Enough Floor Muffler ultraseal underlayment
  • Flooring
  • Broom
  • Tape
  • Utility Knife

Supplies needed for a DIY Floor Installation

Step 1: Clean the Subfloor

The surface of your subfloor might be filled with dirt and debris. To ensure your underlayment is properly installed, sweep and clean your floor. Your subfloor must be spic and span in order for you to have a successful project!

Step 2: Inspect Your Subfloor

Once you’ve cleared away all of the dirt and debris, take a close look at your subfloor. Are there any cracks, lumps or other obstacles that could impact the installation? Is the floor completely dry and free of moisture?

Signs of a bad subfloor include cracks, holes, protruding objects, unevenness and other abnormalities. If your floor does not have any of these, you’re ready to begin.

Inspect your subfloor

Step 3: Begin

Roll out the Floor Muffler Ultraseal underlayment. This should be flush up against the wall. The directions that come with your Floor Muffler may say that you should install the floor 2″ up the wall. You can do this, but you will just end up needing to cut off the excess after you install your flooring. The reason why they recommend doing this is so the expansion gap will be covered when you install your flooring.

Roll out Floor Muffler ultra seal underlayment

Step 4: Install the Underlayment Next to the Wall

To install your underlayment, you will need to tape the strip side down next to the wall. Position the overlapping film toward the room, away from the wall.

Floor Muffler Underlayment

Step 5: Install The Opposite Direction Of The Flooring

Install the underlayment in the opposite direction that you plan to install your flooring. This is to help the Floor Muffler to lay flat and to prevent the locking system from lining up with the seam of the underlayment.

Underlayment parellel to wall

Step 6: Cut the Underlayment

Once you’ve completed the first section, cut the underlayment. You will want to unroll enough underlayment to reach the next wall before you make the cut.

Cutting the underlayment

Step 7: Unfold the Film

Unfold the film under the underlayment. Just as is shown in the picture, pull the bottom film out toward you and away from the underlayment before you install the next roll.

Pulling out the underlayment film

Step 8: Keep it Rolling

Roll out the next roll of Floor Muffler ultraseal underlayment. This should go in the same direction as the previous roll. Again, the overlapping film should be on the side away from the previously installed layer of underlayment, further away from the wall.

Unrolling the Floor Muffler underlayment

Step 9: Position the Two Pieces Side-by-Side

Make sure the two foam seams are butted together. The two pieces of underlayment should sit directly next to each other without overlapping or leaving any gaping holes.

Positioning the underlayment

Step 10: Double Check There is No Overlapping

It is critical that no pieces overlap as this could ruin the effectiveness of the underlayment. Double check once again that there is no overlapping anywhere along the seam.

Do not overlap underlayment layers

Step 11: Remove and Secure

Remove the adhesive liner and stick the foam to the film overlap. This will keep each piece firmly in place, while preventing any overlap from happening on accident as you continue your installation.

Secure Floor Muffler underlayment

Step 12: Continue Your Installation

Install your flooring by following the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Complete your room by installing one plank and one section at a time.

Install laminate flooring over underlayment

That’s it! You’re done. Once you’ve installed one section, continue with these steps until your entire floor is installed.

Please note that this is an installation guide to help you with your installation. You should still follow the manufacturer’s instructions should they differ from this guide. We recommend this, because incorrect installation could result in damage to your flooring or a void in warranty.

It’s easy, and it saves you quite a bit of time! Did you have success following these step-by-step instructions? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Comment below to let us know how your flooring turned out.

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About Kimberly Crossland

Kimberly Crossland is a guest writer for Bestlaminate's Blog and founder of the GetVailAz.com. She has an unnatural obsession with the power of words, which is really cool because she can speak two languages: English and Danish. Her other job titles include wife and dog-walker.

9 comments

  1. How do you double glue down FloorMuffler Ultraseal?

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Bernie, thanks for your question. You do not need to glue this underlayment to the subfloor at all. It comes with pre-attached tape to adhere the seams together and will lay over the subfloor. Hope this helps!

  2. Hi. According to the directions is says to leave to inches of the muffler up on each wall. I don’t know how to accomplish putting down a chalk line if that is the case and also what the purpose of that is. One more thing, in the directions for the muffler pad.. it says to lay the planks opposite or perpendicular to the way the muffler padding is going.. In here you are saying to lay the planks the same direction… which is correct? Thank you in advance for you help!
    Michael

    • Sorry, I meant to say 2″ (two) inches in my comment above. Thank you!

      • Ashley Arndt

        Hi Michael, Thanks for the update on Floor Muffler’s installation guide. We have updated our article to reflect the changes you have made us aware of. We recommend following the manufacturer’s installation instructions. We believe the chalk line and leaving 2″ of the Floor Muffler up the wall is to help cover the expansion gap when you pay down your flooring. You would then use the chalk line as a guide to cut off the excess underlayment. If you have anymore questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

  3. can you put this on stairs?

  4. How do you connect end to end?

    • Alana Kane

      Hi Carla! With the underlayment, you don’t need to adhere it around the perimeter, just the overlapping side by side. Let us know if you have any other questions!

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