When installing a new hardwood floor it is important to use the proper adhesive to prevent moisture and noise penetration, as well as reduce the possibility of future installation maintenance. In a previous Atlanta Flooring Blog post, we identified the problems that can arise from moisture seeping through floors and this issue can be an expensive one for the homeowner. In this product review installment we will introduce the Bostik Ultra-Set SingleStep, which is a hardwood adhesive, moisture vapor reducer and sound reduction membrane.
The SingleStep product is considered one of the industry’s leading moisture vapor membranes. The installation does not require any special tools in order to execute. Once the adhesive has been applied the product is able to dry overnight and will not require subsequent applications. This process makes for a rather quick installation and is where the product got its name, SingleStep.
Often times cork will be used to absorb sound and this can prolong the installation process. One installation day will be dedicated to laying the cork and the next for placing the layer of hardwood. SingleStep can be as equally effective as a 1/4″ layer of cork and takes half of the time to install. Another benefit is that when using SingleStep, the installer does not need to test for moisture content. If the slab is dry to the touch, then you are ready for installation. If you are familiar with installing wood floors, then you are aware of the difficulties that moisture can pose. Using an adhesive like SingleStep can reduce the effects of moisture and save future headaches.
The Bostik Ultra-Set SingleStep is a triple threat flooring adhesive. Not only does it bond to the floor, the product also is a sound reduction membrane and a moisture vapor retarder. Below you can find some supplemental content regarding the product.