Laminate underlayment is foam that comes in rolls that are more often than not around 3 feet wide and somewhere around 30 and 100 feet long. Thicknesses range from 6 mil. to 8 mil.
Note that, in the realm of flooring, there are two materials that pass by the same name of “underlayment.” In this article we discuss the delicate kind mentioned previously. Another material, not talked about in this article, is meager plywood or fiberboard, more often than not around 1/4″ thick.
Why do you need Underlayment
Because of laminate being thin (not like real hardwood) and ailing in robustness: it needs assistance. Consequently, you have to give additional padding and sound proofing properties to your laminate.
Without underlayment, your new floor would be no bad for your feet. Walking will be heard downstairs and in the room with laminate and you could damage the laminate itself.
Laminate underlayment will:
- Give your floor more protection.
- Cover old floor
- Retain sound.
- Make it easier to walk on that your old floor
- Give some protection against humidity
Some laminate flooring, for example, Pergo Accolade and DuPont RealTouch, have the underlayment already connected to the base of the floor. Taking away your need to put any extra under and save you loads of time this way.
There is no compelling reason to spend loads of cash on underlayment. A few producers may attempt to persuade you that you need to buy the most expensive kind, yet no such thing exists. Foam will still be foam, the main difference being in the thickness of the froth.