I'm about to install Quick Step laminate floor in our living-dining-kitchen areas. The kitchen and dining areas are vinyl, so I'm going to lay the laminate over that, with the Quick Step Unisound pad directly on top of the vinyl.
The living area is carpet, so once I pull that up, I'll need to build that area up by 1/4" so it's level with the existing vinyl floor, (it's an open concept ranch, so the existing vinyl/carpet interface runs the width of the room.)
My question is, what material and fastening method is best for this purpose? My neighbor works for a flooring contractor, so he can get me 1/4" birch ply at cost. Is it advisable to staple it down, or should I use screws? And how frequently, (what pattern), should the fasteners be placed in.
Thanks for any insight offered, my local flooring retailers are all over the map on this, and Quick Step's web site doesn't offer much info on this topic.