People installing laminate hardwoods themselves often wonder if they need to use a laminate flooring underlayment when they install their floors. The answer is always yes you need to use underlay with laminate flooring.
Laminate flooring underlayment is used for a variety of reasons. The first reason is to help smooth out minor imperfections in the subfloor. Some of these imperfections include nail heads, the tops of staples, excess glue, and/or minor chips or cracks in the subfloor. When used properly laminate padding can help smooth out a seemingly unusable subfloor.
Another reason it is important to use laminate flooring underlayment is to help prevent the bottom of the laminate floors from squeaking when they come in contact with the raw subfloor. People who don’t use laminate underlay between their laminate and the floor beneath usually report a very unwelcomed squeak when they walk across the laminate hardwood flooring.
Laminate flooring underlayment also can be used as a moisture barrier. This is especially important for people installing their laminates over concrete. All concrete holds at least a small amount of moisture which means you need something to protect the laminate from coming in contact with the moisture. In situations like this you will want to make sure your laminate underlayment contains some form of moisture barrier.
Many people also buy an up-graded laminate flooring underlayment that has sound inhibiting qualities. These types of underlayments are great for people who are installing over basements, crawl spaces, or on the upper levels of a home. The sound inhibiting laminate flooring underlay helps stop travel through noise as well as helps to minimize the echos of a laminate hardwood floor.
Some people will tell you that you don’t need a laminate flooring underlayment, but the truth is you always need an underlayment when you install a laminate floor in your home. simpleFLOORS offers several underlayments that will suit any project and budget.