If you’re considering adding beautiful hardwood floors to your home, the benefits are endless. They’re easy to clean, easy to refinish, and they look incredible. But one commonly overlooked component to hardwood or laminate floors is the moisture barrier and underlayment.
Keeping moisture out of your new floors is absolutely necessary. In addition to protecting from spills or leaks near a sink, moisture barriers also protect your flooring from moisture working its way up from your subfloor, particularly if your new floors are installed over concrete. A moisture barrier can be nailed down, glued down, or remain floating. Floating moisture barriers are the most common of the three.
Sometimes you may also need to use an underlayment. Underlayment (when used properly) can help to reduce noise, helping to soundproof a room from footsteps, noise from the television, or the shouting and merriment of a family game night. It is not unusual to find underlayment that doubles as a moisture barrier and in this case you will very regularly see these used in floating floor applications. Some underlayments also help to insulate your floors which can regulate temperatures both when it’s hot outside and when it’s cooler.
This might all sound a little confusing. Not to worry–the professionals here at Texas Hardwood Flooring are here to help. We’ve helped Dallas and Fort Worth homeowners to make important decisions about their flooring for over fifty years. We use only high-quality products and skilled installers and we guarantee our results. Customer satisfaction is our highest priority! Contact us today and schedule your free in-home estimate.