Underlayment is the layer between your subfloor and your new floor. Underlayment is usually made out of rubber, cork, rubber cork, felt or foam. The underlayment acts as a protective coat between your floor and the subfloor. It provides a barrier from the friction of movement, keeping your floor together, defending expansion and contraction of the floating floor during temperature change.
- Offers support for your flooring–With the installation of underlayment before you install a new floor provides more stability to your floor.
- Diminishes the muffled sound produced by foot traffic–Underlayment should not be ignored if you want to reduce the sound created by footsteps.
- Resists moisture–It will protect your floor from the damage created by the water especially in the bathroom and kitchen.
- Helps smooth subfloor imperfections–If you want your new floor to remain smooth over the subfloor, then you should not forget underlayment during the flooring. It reduces the imperfection of the subfloor and gives the new floor a finished look. Underlayment ensures your floor lays correctly over your subfloors.
- Reduces transmission of impact sounds–Underlayment provides an extra sound barrier between levels of homes.
- Adds softness to your flooring–If you’re buying carpet, you’re looking for soft. Underlayment adds some squish to your step.
- Increases the longevity of your floor–By supporting your floor and protecting it against friction, the underlayment will help keep your floors beautiful for years to come.