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What is underlay?
Simply put, Underlay is a layer that’s fitted on top of a sub-floor and underneath Solid, Engineered Wood or Laminate Flooring. Normally made from sponge rubber, foam, felt, or crumb, it’s a great way of making the most of your new flooring in a variety of ways.
It levels the floor
This is essential when laying a wooden or laminate floor. It is vital that your flooring is exactly level, as even the smallest bumps and divots can result in unsightly gaps between planks. Not only does this look messy, it’s also a haven for dust and dirt which can accumulate over time. Uneven floors also creak underfoot, reducing its lifespan and creating an unpleasant noise.
Underlay is insulating
Underlay absorbs and muffles the sounds of footsteps over the floor’s surface, reducing noise by up to 50%. It also acts as a thermal insulator, helping to keep the whole house warm. The insulating properties of Underlay also cushions your feet for a more comfortable feeling underfoot.
More durable, hygienic flooring
Underlay makes floors last longer. Over many years, the continual pounding of feet on the floor results in flattening, deformation and cracking. By acting as a physical cushion and reducing movement between planks, an Underlay can drastically increase the lifespan of your floor. It even improves your home’s hygiene; by helping a floor fit together properly, it prevents moisture and dirt from seeping between the cracks and creates a more uniform surface which makes vacuuming and mopping easier.
If you’re not sure what underlay to purchase for your new flooring, don’t hesitate to Contact Us; our team will be happy to talk you through your options. You can also order online for delivery all over Mainland UK & Northern Ireland.
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- What is flooring underlay?
Although a home’s floor is often thought to simply be the surface layer of a visible floor panelling, a floor is a system of layered components, each of which is essential to the floor’s overall durability and functionality. One of the most crucial layers is one that is rarely seen and is thus often overlooked –the underlayment, which is found just under the surface floor covering.
- Why is flooring underlay necessary?
Found just under the visible floor covering, the purpose of flooring underlay is to provide a smooth, flat surface for the floor covering. It can also fix several imperfections and faults, such as creaking and squeaking caused by the subfloor not being installed close enough to the floor surface. Underlay flooring with moisture protection will prevent liquids from getting to and consequently swelling your wooden subfloor. When it comes to concrete floors, if your flooring will be subjected to moisture but doesn’t have a moisture barrier, the concrete will swell and possibly start to mould. Even if your flooring is water-resistant, it is still wise to install underlayment with moisture protection in order to make for durable and long-lasting flooring.
- Is flooring underlay ideal for reducing noise?
Along with reducing the squeaks and creaking of ill-fitting flooring, underlayment also works to dampen the noise that travels from room to room. This means that the sound of footsteps walking throughout your home will be dampened.
- Does flooring underlay provide compression resistance?
Compression resistance put simply, is what protects your floor from impact such as constant foot traffic. Rooms that see heavy traffic, such as hallways and kitchens, can easily develop signs of wear. As such, a quality underlayment is required to help absorb the impact that busy rooms are subjected to and will consequently improve the longevity of your flooring.
- Can I install underlay flooring if I have underfloor heating?
If your home is lucky enough to have underfloor heating, it’s essential to choose a flooring underlay that is compatible with your heating system. The Lignum Design Quick Transfer Foam Underlay isn’t just compatible with underfloor heating, but facilitates that transmission of heat to the degree that it allows your flooring heating system to operate with top efficiency.