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When will I need to use a moisture barrier when installing laminate flooring?

When will I need to use a moisture barrier when installing laminate flooring?

All laminate flooring requires an underlayment to allow the floor to float and give the locking system its strength. Sometimes the underlayment is already attached for you, but you may hear the term moisture or vapor barrier when installing laminate flooring. You may be wondering if you will need to use a moisture barrier. Depending on your subfloor and project, you ... Read More »

Do Hardwood Floors Need Moisture Barrier?

Do Hardwood Floors Need Moisture Barrier?

Dear Susan, You’re right. Moisture can do serious damage to hardwood flooring if you’re not careful. If you were to install your flooring below grade, we’d caution you heavily against it. However, on grade installations can be safe as long as you’re confident that the moisture levels won’t damage your floors. Moisture barriers protect your flooring from below. You are ... Read More »

The Pros and Cons of Engineered Hardwood and Laminate

The Pros and Cons of Engineered Hardwood and Laminate

Dear Sandy, You’re making one of the toughest flooring choices homeowners have to make today – deciding between engineered hardwood and laminate flooring. Engineered hardwood is nice because it has a top layer of real hardwood flooring without the intensive maintenance and tricky care. Laminate is also ideal because it’s so durable and still offers the same aesthetic look as ... Read More »

Do I Need a Moisture Barrier Above Grade?

Do I Need a Moisture Barrier Above Grade?

Dear Sean, No matter how dry your environment is, having a moisture barrier is an important part of your hardwood flooring project. Even though your floor is above grade, it’s important you don’t leave it out of the equation. Moisture is sneaky. In many cases, you won’t realize it’s present in your home and wreaking havoc on your flooring investment. ... Read More »

Can You Put Down Two Layers of Laminate Flooring Underlayment to Reduce Noise Pollution?

Can You Put Down Two Layers of Laminate Flooring Underlayment to Reduce Noise Pollution?

Dear Patricia, Underlayment is an essential part of any flooring project. Not only does it add a barrier of protection between your subfloor and the planks of laminate, but it also reduces noise. Some types of underlayment even help to keep moisture out of your room. In rooms where noise is a concern, such as yours with a basement below ... Read More »