When you invest in new flooring, you want to make sure that it is as durable as possible, whatever room it is in. Regardless of your specific type of floor, underlayment is an important step to ensuring that your flooring lasts for years to come. The underlayment is the middle layer of your floor that is between the subfloor and the actual floor, and it serves to create an even, smooth, and strong foundation on which we will install flooring for you. Without a solid underlayment, your flooring will be susceptible to damage; it needs that support in order to work properly. Therefore, it is important to install the right underlayment for your particular type of flooring. In the previous blog, we went over what underlayment is, and the different types offered to you. In this blog, we will go over which type of underlayment is best for each flooring option, as well as what type of subfloor. That way, you can make the best choice for your home with our guidance. When choosing underlayment, you need to consider both your floor and subfloor. This ensures that you have the highest quality floor possible.
The Best Underlayment for Different Types of Flooring
When it comes to carpet, the best underlayment option is nearly always foam or rubber. Depending on your individual needs, you can get them in a variety of thickness levels. The thicker the pad, the softer and more comfortable your carpet will be to walk on. When choosing an underlayment for your carpeting, it is important to keep in mind what you want your underlayment to achieve. While foam is a great, inexpensive option, make sure the type of underlayment you choose is specifically designed to accomplish your goals. For example, if sound reduction is a concern, be sure that the type of underlayment you invest in is designed for soundproofing.
The best underlayment for tile flooring is rubber cork. Rubber cork is great for tile because it protects the integrity of the tile from underneath. When natural movement of the earth happens over time, tile tends to crack as the floor shifts. Rubber cork protects against this phenomenon, ensuring your tile looks great for years to come.
Laminate or Hardwood Floors
When it comes to laminate or hardwood floors, the two best options for underlayment are foam and cork. However, between these two choices, cork is the superior one. Foam has more give than cork, meaning that your hardwood floors might sink slightly as you step on them. Cork provides a more supportive surface for your floorboards. Cork is also incredibly durable, so you can expect to have it supporting your floors for years to come.
The Best Underlayment for Different Types of Subfloor
Not only is what your floor made of important, your subfloor also matters. All of the different types of underlayments do not work for all the different types of subfloors, so you must choose carefully.
Concrete at Ground Level
If you are installing underlayment over a concrete subfloor that is at ground level, you need to consider the risk of moisture absorption. At ground level, there is more of a risk of flooding, and therefore, it is important you choose an underlayment option that is moisture resistant. The best options are rubber or rubber cork. Some cork underlayments have moisture barriers as well.
Concrete or Wood Above Ground Level
If the flooring you are installing is above ground level, it opens up your options much more, because there is less concern about flooding. You can choose an underlayment option without moisture protection, so it opens up your options to pretty much any material. However, you may still want a moisture barrier for added protection.
At Texas Hardwood Flooring, we know pretty much everything there is to know about flooring. This means that we know the best type of underlayment and flooring, regardless of type of subfloor or the function of the room. When you are looking for hardwood floor installation in Fort Worth or the surrounding cities, it’s time to call your favorite flooring professionals! Contact Texas Hardwood Flooring today for a free in-home estimate.