Laminate Flooring Underlayment
An underlayment is requirement in any installation of laminate flooring and
serves certain functions. Underlayment adds a level of comfort to laminate
floor, provides a soundproofing quality, helps to protect the laminate material
from moisture, and helps to even out minor imperfections of the subfloor to
ensure that your laminate flooring is installed on a perfectly level surface.
Choosing which underlayment to use to go with your laminate flooring is very
important, and so we provide you with a guide to the various types of
underlayment available and their suitable applications:
Standard foam laminate flooring underlayment
This is the most common type of laminate flooring underlayment available. It is
a thin, foam padding measuring 1/8 inch thick, and is available in different
roll sizes. Since it is build without a built-in moisture barrier, this type of
underlayment for laminate flooring is made for use in areas where not a great
deal of moisture is expected. However, it can be used in conjunction with a
plastic sheet if moisture is expected in any capacity. Foam underlayment
provides a minimal level of sound reduction and therefore should only be
considered as entry-level for use with laminate flooring.
Combination laminate flooring underlayment
Combination underlayment is essentially the same as a standard foam
underlayment for laminate flooring, but comes with a moisture barrier attached.
This feature prevents moisture from seeping onto your laminate from underneath,
so it can be installed in areas where higher levels of moisture are expected,
such as basements. Its thickness is as same as a standard foam underlayment and
sold in various-size rolls.
Acoustical laminate flooring underlayment
This type of laminate flooring underlayment is used to reduce the hollow sound
that is often created when walking on a laminate floor. It is available in a
variety of materials like cork and felt, and comes with a moisture barrier most
of the time. Acoustical underlayment without a moisture barrier attached should
be installed together with a moisture barrier placed directly over the
Vinyl backed underlayment is a practical option when it comes to choosing
underlayment for laminate flooring because of its easy-to-install tile form. It
lays flat during installation and provides noise-proofing qualities. The seams
must be sealed, though, if moisture-proofing is a priority.
For any project, it is best to ask the opinion of experts who can help you make
the best choice for your home or office. Consult your contractor or local
retailer for the best laminate flooring underlayment to use in your