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Hardwood Underlayment (floating installation only)
We all need support.

Just as carpet needs cushion, if installing your hardwood using the floating method, Shaw Hardwood will needs a quality underlayment between it and the sub-floor. Below is information about our many underlayment options. 

**Consult installation instructions for all other installation methods. Underlayment such as those listed in this article can not be used with any other installation method.


Underlayment All-Stars: Selitac and Silent-Step Ultra

Selitac Thermally Insulating Hardwood / Laminate Flooring Underlayment*
 
  • easy to cut, easy to lay, easy to lock
  • non-allergenic and odorless
  • enhances peace, quiet, and comfort of your home
  • outstanding seam strength
  • moisture and vapor resistant
  • easy to install
  • extends your warranty

    *Requires the use of SelistopTM Aluminum Foil
      Sealing Tape

 
Shaw Silent-Step Ultra Hardwood / Laminate Flooring Underlayment
 
  • 3-in-1 underlayment
  • ideal thickness for comfort and stability
  • provides superior sound absorption and the most realistic hardwood walk-sound available
  • appropriate for use over concrete or wood substrates on all grade levels
  • superior sub floor moisture resistance
  • non-allergenic
  • fast and easy installation
  • made in the USA

 
 
The JV Team: SofSound II, 2-in-1 Foam and Foam
 
SofSound II Hardwood / Laminate Flooring Underlayment
 
  • synthetic fiber blend with a laminated polyethylene moisture retardant barrier
  • made from 100% post-industrial fiber waste
  • strong film-to-pad bond for enhanced performance and ease of use
  • approved over radiant heat
  • made in the USA
 
Shaw 2-in-1 Foam Hardwood / Laminate Flooring Underlayment
 
  • for use over concrete or wood substrates on all grade levels
  • moisture barrier to protect your flooring
  • non-allergenic
  • made in the USA


Shaw Foam Hardwood / Laminate Flooring Underlayment
 
  • for use on or above ground level over a wood subfloor
  • non-allergenic
  • made in the USA

Moisture Defense: VersaShield and VersaShield MBX

 
  • Suppresses extreme moisture emission levels in concrete up to 95% RH
  • Saves installation time and money by as much as 85%
  • Quick and easy to install with no mixing, special tools or cleanup required
  • Mold and fungus resistant
  • Consists of polymeric mineral top coating and internal patented fiberglass mat
  • Protects against alkalinity and promotes flooring adhesion
  • 10 Year Limited Warranty

VersaShield MBX
 
  • suppresses extreme moisture emission levels in concrete up to 99%
  • saves installation time and money by as much as 85%
  • quick and easy to install with no mixing, special tools or cleanup required
  • mold and fungus resistant
  • consists of polymeric mineral top coating and internal patented fiberglass mat
  • protects against alkalinity and promotes flooring adhesion
  • 10 Year Limited Warranty

 
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