There may be a question that some home owners have when they are installing new flooring for their dream home in Vancouver. “Do you really need underlayment for your new floor?”  The answer is yes, all floor product require something underneath. You will require an underlayment before installing laminate flooring. We will explore the importance of underlayment for laminate flooring.

What is laminate flooring underlayment?

Laminate Flooring Underlayment is a thin layer of material (sponge rubber, foam, cork, etc.) that is placed under flooring to cushion and protect the flooring material above it. Depending on the material, it can provide varying degrees of sound insulation and vapor shielding.

How is laminate flooring being installed?

Laminate flooring is installed using a “lock and fold” method and clicks in a 45 degree angle.  It stays together because of the locking mechanism and it’s basically a layer between the flooring of your choice and the subfloor.

Some purposes of underlayment

  • Underlayment serves the purpose of noise reduction and eliminates the hollow noise of laminate flooring bumping into the sub floor. It is less likely for sound from inside the room to leak out and for sounds from the outside to leak in.
  • It acts as a cushioning layer that will help prevent movement, which means that it will also help prevent your flooring from cracking or bending and giving a softer feel to the entire floor.
  • Underlayment types are manufactured and designed to meet specific purposes. For example, basement suites require the use V.B Foam, or Vapour Barrier Foam. This type of underlay will protect your flooring from moisture seeping from the ground that may damage your flooring. Some padding acts as a moisture barrier protecting the laminate from vapor and humidity coming from underneath.
  • It also eliminates minor unevenness on the sub floor. Therefore the entire flooring structure will have a better stability.

At Vancouver Moulding and Floors, We will gladly assist you with choosing the right laminate flooring underlayment and transitions for your dream home in Vancouver. Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions regarding underlayment.