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Choosing Underlayment for New Flooring


Underlayment Tips

Choosing the right underlayment for a new floor is important for two reasons. First, it will help protect your new floor from moisture damage and wear and tear. Second, it will help you keep your new floor clean. There are several different types of underlayment available, each with a different purpose.


Here are some tips to help you choose the right type for your new floor.


What is flooring underlayment?


Underlayment is a non-skid material that’s installed under the flooring to prevent it from squeaking and to provide added support. It’s a must-have for all homes, particularly if you have children, pets, or are prone to accidents. Its main purpose is to improve the sound and thermal insulation of the floor.


Types of flooring underlayment

There are three types of flooring underlayment:

  • Solid

  • Rubber/FOam

  • Cork

(Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages.)


1. Solid Underlayment

Solid underlayment is a layer of material that goes between the subfloor and the flooring. It is typically made of plywood or oriented strand board (OSB).


2. Rubber/Foam Underlayment

Rubber/Foam underlayment is a layer of foam or rubber that goes between the subfloor and the flooring. It is typically made of polyethylene or polyurethane.


3. Cork Underlayment

Cork underlayment is a layer of cork that goes between the subfloor and the flooring.


How to choose flooring underlayment


When choosing flooring underlayment, you need to consider the type of flooring you are installing, the climate of your area, and your budget.


Installing flooring underlayment

Flooring underlayment should be installed before the flooring material. It is usually installed in sheets or rolls and can be installed with adhesive or staples.


We’re often asked whether underlayment is necessary on a new floor. The answer is always, yes! Underlayment is the only way to make sure that your wood flooring has the structural integrity to withstand the weight of furniture and visitors. It also helps keep moisture out of your floor, which reduces the risk of damage from moisture-related problems such as mold or mildew.


Do you have questions about your flooring installation? We would love to help! Call our team of experienced home renovation experts at Norman's in Stuttgart, today!

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