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Hardwood Underlayment by Installation

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Hardwood Underlayment by Installation
With hardwood flooring, you have several different installation options. Depending on the product you choose, hardwood flooring can be either nailed down, glued down, or installed with the floating installation technique. Consider your installation options as you make your product selection. 

Nail or Staple Installations

Solid hardwood flooring must be nailed or stapled to an approved subfloor. The use of Shaw underlayment under a solid hardwood floor is not recommended. Shaw installation guides call for the use of 15 lb. asphalt saturated felt paper to be used under solid hardwood flooring. There may be cases where additonal steps need to be taken depending on your site conditions. Please refer to solid hardwood installation guides for additional information. 

Engineered hardwood flooring that is being nailed or stapled to the subfloor will require the use of a 15 lb. asphalt saturated felt paper per Shaw installation guidelines. The use of Shaw underlayment under a nail or staple down installation is not required. Please refer to the installation guide for your specific flooriing for more information.

Floating Floor Installations

When choosing to install a Shaw engineered hardwood floor using the floating installation method, the use of underlayment is recommended. Shaw offers a complete line of underlayment options that can be used with your installation. 

Shaw Underlayment
  • Selitac Thermally Insulating Engineered Flooring Underlayment
  • Shaw Silent-Step Ultra Engineered Flooring Underlayment
  • SofSound II Engineered Flooring Underlayment
  • Shaw 2-in-1 Foam EngineeredFlooring Underlayment
  • Shaw Foam Engineered Flooring Underlayment
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