Laminate wood floors require an underlayment to provide additional comfort and noise reduction on all concrete subfloors, even those covered by another flooring material such as vinyl or tile.
Sound and moisture barrier underlayment
The newest premium underlayment that is quick and easy to install, provides maximum walking comfort and significantly reduces impact sound. One roll covers 100 square feet. We have in stock 1,000,000 sq. ft. of the best underlayment in the world.
Kinds of underlayment for laminate wood flooring
The type of underlayment you need will mainly vary according to the nature of the base that the laminate flooring is going to cover. If you have a concrete or mineral based sub-floor – a damp-proof membrane must be spread to act as barrier to moisture. Also, if the laminate floor is to be installed over an under-floor heating system, a damp proof membrane must be fitted. Other types of underlayment can then be added on top of the damp-proof membrane.
A foam underlay is often used to act as a leveler on a sub-floor with minor irregularities. Foam underlay is also effective for impact noise reduction. If you have need a damp proof membrane as well, you can purchase a special ‘combination’ underlayment, which is a foam that incorporates the damp proof membrane.
There is another ‘combination’ underlay available, which combines the damp proof membrane with a sound insulator. The most common underlayment of laminate floors is simply known as ‘Board underlay’. This has all the properties required to reduce noise, make the laminate floor feel comfortable to walk on and provides a layer of insulation between the sub-floor and the laminate.
Prices start at 10¢ per sq.ft.
Silentstep premium foam
Noise reduction laminate underlay – Most of us have walked on a laminate floating floor and commented on the rather annoying clicking sound that tends to emanate from the traffic. Traditional foam underlay will help to somewhat reduce this noise, but more sophisticated sound control underlayments like Quiet Walk™, Silent Walk™ or SilentStep™ will be much more effective.
Sound bloc underlay foam floor underlayment
Specifications – Type: Installation is the best in the world Name: Soundbloc Foam Underlayment Width: 20” Length: 49.2” 1300 square feet / roll Sound reducing underlayment Can be used with Moisturbloc Film for concrete sub floor applications
Blue, green, silver or white silent underlayment
Specifications – Highest sound ratings available in the U.S. IIC 72, STC 73 Accurate flexibility that overcomes most sub-floor imperfections.
Moisture Proof, closed cell construction. Outstanding thermal & sound insulation Designed for optimal joint stability and foot comfort.