Whether you’ve chosen laminate, LVT, wood engineered or solid wood flooring, when it comes to installing a new floor, choosing the right type of underlay is one of the most important components for ensuring a professional finish and the best end result. To help you determine which sort of underlay you need for your flooring, here at Discount Flooring Depot, we’ve created a helpful, easy-to-follow guide that will provide you with the necessary information you need.
To make sure you end up with the best results from your flooring installation, underlay is crucial. But why use underlay? Underlay is a thin layer of cushioning placed between your subfloor and your chosen flooring that has a big impact on how the end result looks, feels and sounds. There are a number of benefits associated with installing an underlay under your new floor. Subject to the one you choose for your home, underlay can:
Help even out the subfloor, minimising and bumps and imperfections.
Act as a sound barrier and help with soundproofing.
Work as a moisture barrier (to protect your flooring from moisture rising from the subfloor).
Add a level of insulation and help warm your home.
Provide superior cushioning underfoot.
Here at Discount Flooring Depot, we have several types of underlay for you to choose from with different properties to consider when laying your solid wood, LVT or laminate flooring:
If you’re laying solid wood, engineered wood, LVT or laminate flooring on concrete subfloors, the main issue to consider is moisture. As concrete is porous, water can easily seep in and subsequently damage your layer of flooring, causing warping and mould. To prevent this from happening, opt for an underlay with a built-in vapour barrier that works to protect your flooring from moisture and dampness creeping up from the cold concrete.
If your subfloor is standard floorboards, you may not want to use an underlay with an in-built vapour barrier, as this runs the risk of trapping moisture into the natural wood, causing the mould and warping issues you want to avoid. However, if you’re placing laminate in areas of your home with high levels of moisture such as a kitchen, bathroom or utility room, opt for an underlay with a moisture barrier to lay under your waterproof laminate flooring.
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