I bought 2 First Step 630-Square Foot Roll Underlayment of this for use under my new engineered hardwood floor over concrete. Roberts First Step is not as good as it's predecessor Roberts Harmony 3 in 1. They have found a way to make it cheaper. Top and bottom layers are thinner and more natural to rip with a slip of a tool. The total thickness is slightly thinner also because the Styrofoam pellets used look smaller and are more compressed if I were to do it again. Roberts 630 square feet roll use a different underlayment because in my opinion this one isn't worth the price. I highly recommend this underpayment for any engineered hardwood. I used this on my floor; it sits exceptionally well and is quiet. My basement doesn't make any noise. You won't get the foot roll underlayment price anywhere!
Roberts Premium First Step Underlayment Description:
First Step Premium 3-in-1 Underlayment, 630 square Feat. Roll designed for use under floating like laminate and engineered wood type of flooring. This product meant for use on concrete slabs and more likely on wood subfloors that are on or above the floor. This underlayment creates a pocket of constantly circulating air which inhibits mold growth. It is useful for sound reduction, moisture protection, comfort and even helps level minor sub-floor corrections. The first step is ideal for use with radiant heated floors. In a compression test using at 1,320 lbs. Pressure. The Roberts First Step Underlayment retained 96% of its original thickness after seven days. It compared to only 57% by a leading 2-in-1 foam product.
- Manufacturer By: Roberts
- Average Customer Reviewed Rated First Step Underlayment at 4.5 stars out of 5.0
- Best Sellers Rank: 30,394 in Tools & Home Improvement
- Item model number: 70-102-1
- Dimension: 15.5 x 15.5 x 39.5 inches
- Color: Green
- Thickness: 3 millimeters
- Coverage: 630 square feet
- Weight: .16 Ounces
- Recommend Usage: Residential & Commercial
- Price Range: Under 175
Top Features in First Step Roll Underlayment: The ROBERTS First Step Premium Roll 3-in-1 Underlayment, that cover 630 sq. Ft. roll - designed for use under floating. It is useful for sound reduction, moisture protection, comfort and even helps level minor sub-floor corrections.
- For use with all laminate and engineered hardwood floating floors
- Cushioning Styrofoam beads between the plastic top and bottom layers for air circulation
- Corrects minor subfloor imperfections and reduces ambient noise
- Gold Guard antimicrobial protection and constant air movement inhibits mold growth and protects floors from moisture vapor
- Ideal in condos and multi-level dwellings
- Forty inches * 189 ft., provides 630 sq. ft. of protection
- Constant air movement inhibits mold growth
- Seals out moisture to protect flooring
- The first Step roll Includes adhesive strip and 4 inches. overlap film for linking multiple turns
- Sound Transmission Loss Test (STC) rating of 67 and Impact Sound Transmission Test (IIC) rating of 68, R-Value .40
Review of Roberts First Step 630-Square Foot Roll Underlayment:
Easy to Install Foot Roller: Easy to install and as advertised. I am happy with the underlayment. Have installed about half of the wood floor and am very pleased with the underlayment. I would certainly recommend it. Very easy the handle and lays well. Seems to be quite.
Polystyrene balls Scatter Easily: Have space to cut the pad, as measuring it on the fly is tricky. The Styrofoam balls scatter quickly cuts you make. I can sweep and vacuum the debris every day. Seal a bit tears in the very tin green thin plastic topside. By First Step Underlay painters used for padding will do. Protect the pad if you will be walking over it to any extent. Take your shoes off if you are working on this material. I would not recommend you have it rising at the edges. Keep it flat. I stapled it down a bit. It helped me to keep it from sliding. Before you start to lay, understand how the sticky tape edge works.
Once you roll, it's hard to get back the previous form. You can remove any cut pieces and put them. Later you may need it, and they will create a snowstorm of white balls around your work area. I like Roberts 70-102-1, I don't know if it is precisely what I need, but it is reasonably priced. My 12mm clicks Laminate went down smoothly over this pad, but I had continually cleared away plastic balls. The pros know – that is how to effectively prep and move on. Like DIY guys should understand a lament job.
Awesome for Users: Excellent product, I have a friend who installed the same flooring but with different underlayment, and she noticed the difference right away. I used this on my floor; it sits exceptionally well and is quiet. My deck doesn't make any noise.
- ✔ Use with laminate and floating engineered
- ✔ Superior sound reduction ‐ recycled fibers absorb sound and keep it from traveling to other rooms. Makes click-together Floating floors sound solid underfoot
- ✔ Compression resistant ‐ dense recycled fiber structure supports the click-together mechanism and will uphold its supportive configuration under the consistent traffic of the overlying floor
- ✔ Moisture protection ‐ recycled fibers allow installation over concrete to & ‐ managing vapors from becoming bulk moisture. The attached vapor barrier protects the overlying floors from harmful moisture
- ✔ Certified clean and safe indoor air quality ‐ no voc's (volatile organic compounds) or off-gassing from materials
- Use with Laminate, Floating Engineered, Nail Down and Glue-Down Flooring.
- Superior Sound Reduction ‐ Recycled fibers absorb sound and keep it from traveling to other rooms. Makes click-together floating floors sound solid underfoot.
- Compression Resistant ‐ Dense recycled fiber structure supports the click-together mechanism and will uphold its supportive configuration under the consistent traffic of the overlying floor.
- Moisture Protection ‐ Recycled fibers allow installation over concrete to &; breathe; ‐ managing vapors from becoming bulk moisture. The attached vapor barrier protects the overlying floors from harmful moisture.
- Certified Clean and Safe Indoor Air Quality ‐ No VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) or off-gassing from materials.
- 100 sq. ft. coverage with rolls measuring 28 ft. x 43 in. x 2.5 mm
- For use under laminate and engineered wood flooring
- Dense, closed cell structure offers moisture, mold and mildew resistance
- Offers cushioning, sound reduction, resistance and levels minor subfloor imperfections
- Easy installation with plastic overlap and adhesive strip
- For use with ceramic and porcelain tile, stone, marble, engineered hardwood and laminate floors
- Crack isolation membrane that resists the transfer of stress cracks from subfloor through to flooring surfaces
- Acoustical sound control under ceramic tile and stone for less sound transfer throughout the room
- Easy to install in both glue-down and loose-lay configurations
- Green product constructed of natural cork, a renewable resource
- For use with staple and nail down installations of solid and engineered wood floors
- Reduces vapor flow without trapping moisture
- Meets perm ratings recommended by the National Wood Flooring Association
- Lab tested and approved for use with radiant heat systems
- Convenient 31.5 in. x 76.25 ft., 200 sq. ft. roll.6 mil wet strength paper and silicone coating ensure SVS will not fall apart during installation
- Ideal underlayment for interior installations of: ceramic, porcelain or stone over cement board, plywood or concrete; and, finished or unfinished wood floors over plywood or concrete
- Most commonly used beneath wood flooring, ceramic tile and stone veneer or as a membrane on walls, counter tops, and residential showers
- Sub-floor barrier slows moisture migration and helps prevent buckling, cupping, and cracking
- An extremely effective moisture vapor retarder for use in a variety of interior construction applications
- 500 sq. ft. roll measuring 3 ft. x 167 ft..Consisting of two layers of Kraft paper laminated with asphalt, Aqua bar "B" is a non-reinforced 30/30/30 duplex type Grade "B" paper
- 3/32 inch (93.75 mil) thick Polyethylene Foam for laminate and engineered wood flooring
- Adds comfort and cushioning to your flooring installation
- Easy to handle, roll out, and install 400 sq. ft. roll
- Corrects minor subfloor imperfections
Recommend Finally: Can't stress enough how happy I am with this product — excellent performance and quality. I would highly recommend using this! I have installed five floating floors, and this is the first time I used this product. Any floating floor I ever do will be with this going forward. The product is fantastic. Very easy to work with it. The overlap adhesive worked perfect for me, and I had minimal mess from the white balls — used household scissors to cut things. Later Installed the cheapest floor I could find (in stores) on top of this. It takes all of the echo/hollow sounds out. Also, it gives nice cushion and warmth. Premium First Stem Underlayment application went nice over a poured over the concrete floor. The finished piece compared to the bare concrete was noticeably warmer.
Good Sides: It feels warm when walking on it before installing the engineered floor. It is easy to cut and fit, with the self-adhesive tape on one edge. It is a little fragile, the green film on top is easy to damage with the corner of a plank for instance. It is about 1/8in thick (3mm), and I use a second layer in a few low spots that I realized I had missed when leveling the sub-floor. It works well and can compress a little to absorb minor height differences (1/16 or so)
Drawbacks: You can hear it when you walk on the floor. You are disappointed with this. I wish I would have gone with the felt type underlayment.
Found First Step 630-Square Foot Roll Underlayment easy to lay, cut, and place flooring. There are a lot of small spume balls between the other layers of plastic, so using scissors to cut seemed to work better than a knife, for cutting — no need to add an extra moisture barrier. Roberts 70-102-1 Underlayment sides are probably 1-2 mm.
After I bought so look out for that. Very pleased with the product.