Underlayment for laminate flooring - what is it and why it is needed?


foam underlay for laminate flooringUnderlayment for laminate flooring
is a thin pad laid on the subfloor before installing the laminate. Many people ask if laying laminate flooring underlay is really necessary and the answer is: Yes, installing laminate flooring underlayment is essential. Underlayment for laminate flooring is necessary since it allows the floor to float. We don’t nail or glue the laminate (most popular is click lock laminate flooring), therefore it needs some support. By installing rubber or foam underlay for laminate flooring we:

  • create a smooth surface,
  • get better stability,
  • underlayment for laminate flooring helps retaining moisture,
  • we create softer subfloor, which is especially important if we install laminate flooring over concrete,
  • underlayment for laminate flooring also helps to damp the sound.

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Foam underlay for laminate flooring as the most popular choice


Foam underlay for laminate flooring is the most popular choice because it’s effective and available at a low price. There are basically two types of foam underlay for laminate flooring:

  • light foam underlay for laminate flooring: it is the cheapest underlayment for laminate flooring on the market and it still effectively smooths the subfloor, however the light foam underlay for laminate flooring does not absorb the sound; if bad sound insulation represents a problem in your home, we recommend you choose another type of underlayment for laminate flooring;
  • heavy foam underlay for laminate flooring: is heavier and a bit more expensive. It levels the subfloor and has better sound absorption qualities.

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Other types of underlayment for laminate flooring


There are other options besides foam underlay for laminate flooring:

  • rubber underlay for laminate flooring: rubber underlay for laminate flooring is one of the best choices for any flooring. It levels the subfloor, protects the upper layer from mould and moisture, it is versatile and acts as a great sound barrier; rubber underlayment for laminate flooring is easy to install, can be laid on wood and concrete subfloors and is perfect for any flooring;
  • cork underlayment for laminate flooring is natural and offers the best sound barrier; however, it is not appropriate for damp environments;
  • felt underlayment for laminate flooring: is made from recycled fibres; it smooths the subfloor and offers good supports and sound insulation.