How do you install a Platon membrane?
Nail one Speedclip to act as a pivot, unroll a 10′ length of Platon, pull the smooth tab tight, tack with another Speedclip and continue until the foundation is wrapped. Platon membrane must extend from finished grade (chalk line) to the top of the footing. Platon can be sawn to height while rolled up.
Which side of underlayment goes down?
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.
Do you have to staple underlayment for laminate flooring?
Installers usually lay the underlayment on the floor and start installing the laminate flooring on top. 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.
Does underlayment need to be taped down?
The answer is no. 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.
Does underlayment have to be perfect?
Even new subflooring can be considered less than perfect since the OSB or plywood sheets are seamed. Solid hardwood or engineered wood can easily bridge small gaps, running directly over imperfections without the need for underlayment.
Can you walk on laminate underlayment?
If you want to keep your laminate floor finished as long as you can, consider doing this and don’t take care of it before you make the purchase. Before you use your new floor or move into the room , make sure the floor is completely healed. After installation, do not walk on the floor for 24 hours.
What happens if you don’t put underlayment under laminate flooring?
If the subfloor in your home or property is uneven, then your laminate floor could move and shift if it doesn’t have an underlayment for support. As a result, the floor will be more prone to wear-and-tear and could even warp.
How often should you staple underlayment?
When installed with staples, the underlayment sheets are fastened every 2 inches along the edges of the sheet and every 4 inches in the field area.
Do you tape down underlayment?
What kind of flooring can I put over Platon?
Carpet, vinyl, laminate or hardwood can be installed over Platon and OSB or plywood subfloor. On fresh concrete you can install flooring as soon as you can walk on the slab.
Why do you need underlayment for laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring underlayment is essential for installation as it allows to laminate flooring to expand and contract properly on top of the subfloor. Laminate is a wood product and will expand according to the climate of the room.
Do you have to prepare subfloor for laminate flooring?
Once you’ve confirmed that you have a suitable laminate flooring subfloor, you will need to prepare your subfloor for installation. Whether you have a plywood subfloor or a concrete subfloor, there are a few steps that are universal in preparing the subfloor. The most important step in this process is checking for any damages.
What does Platon do to a concrete floor?
By using Platon over the concrete, an impermeable vapor barrier and air gap is created. This allows the concrete to breathe while keeping the floor dry. The finished floor is isolated from the cold concrete and becomes room temperature, not slab temperature.