Roberts Black Jack 2-in-1 Premium Underlayment

Roberts Black Jack™ is a dense foam underlayment ideal for floating laminate and engineered wood floors.  This product is designed for on or above grade installations.  The 1/8 in. foam construction reduces everyday surface noise and provides resistance to moisture, mold and mildew.  It is easy to install with a plastic overlap and adhesive strip to join multiple rows.

  • Dense, closed cell structure offers moisture, mold and mildew resistance
  • Offers cushioning, along with a reduction in sound transference
  • Easy installation with plastic overlap and adhesive strip

Gather Your Supplies

Gather your supplies before you being your underlayment installation to make sure you have everything you need within reach!

  • Roberts Black Jack Underlayment
  • Broom or a Shop Vacuum
  • Utility Knife

Begin Installation

Step 1: Clean and Prep the Subfloor

Having a properly prepared subfloor is a key to any flooring installation. Check out the details for concrete and wood subfloors. Always follow the flooring manufacturer’s installation instructions with respect to preparing and leveling the sub-floor. Make sure the subfloor is level, clean, and dry. After you have done everything to prepare your subfloor properly, it is time to begin the installation.

Step 2: Roll Out

Unroll the Black Jack Underlayment with the film overlap and adhesive strip facing up away from the subfloor. Place the adhesive strip end of the roll along the longest wall to start. This will leave the overlap flap away from the wall and ready for the second row of underlayment.

Step 3: Cut and Run

Cut the underlayment about 2 inches longer than the room length on each end. Run the underlayment 2 inches up on each wall. This 2 inch perimeter running up the walls provides a moisture-proof enclosure for the flooring.

Step 4: Laying the Second Roll

Lay down a second row of underlayment alongside the first so that the edges of the foam meet and the overlapping film lies on top of the second sheet. Do not overlap the foam.

Step 5: Stick It

Remove the white protective cover from the adhesive strip, lay the overlapping film from the first row over the adhesive strip of the second row and press into place. Continue Steps 4 and 5, row by row, until the entire floor area is covered.

Step 6: Trim It

After the flooring is completely installed, trim the excess underlayment back to the height of the finished floor. Do this prior to installing base of molding.

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