Alloc Laminate floors can be used for both residential and commercial purposes. On top of the low cost, another advantage of going Alloc is the fact that it is very easy to install the flooring. With just a little knowledge on installation and having all the necessary tools, you can even install the floor yourself.
Before installation of the floorboards themselves, there is a need to have an underlayment above the subfloor for a number of reasons. As heard before, Alloc laminate flooring is a floating type, meaning that the floor planks are not attached in any way to the subfloor. A hardwood floor, on the other hand, may be glued or bolted to the subfloor.
The recommended underlayment for Alloc floors is the Alloc rapid roll. As the name suggests, it is very easy to install and requires no alien skills. It is a three-in-one product in that it contains 3 major elements; the padding, the moisture barrier and the tape.
The padding constitutes closed cell foam which is white in colour. This provides the density needed under the floor planks for good performance. When walking on the floor, the squeaking and creaking sounds will never be heard. The floor also feels comfortable because of the padding effect.
Below the padding is the High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) film moisture barrier. With a thickness of 4mil, it offers enough resistance to the subfloor moisture. The subfloor moisture can be the existing moisture that has failed to completely dry after the construction of the floor. Otherwise, a water spill on the floor may find its way into the subfloor. The moisture barrier thus ensures such moisture is not absorbed into the floor planks as this will indefinitely lead to damage.
Two sides of the Alloc rapid roll are fitted with an adhesive tape. It comes with a protective face which is simply peeled off to expose the adhesive surface. The moisture barrier of one sheet of rapid roll should overlap the tape with a 3” overlap and be secured firmly.
One such sheet of the underlayment measures 25ft by 4ft, which is a total area of 100 square ft. It is wise to use this underlayment when installing Alloc laminate floors. Failure to use it may nullify the warranties on the Alloc floor.