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Laminate Underlayment: What to Know Before Installation

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Laminate Underlayment: What to Know Before Installation

Underlayment being placed on subfloor

With laminate flooring’s many advantages, it can be an enticing floor covering choice for living rooms, bedrooms, home offices, and other low-moisture areas of your home.

But if you are used to other types of floors like solid hardwood, vinyl, and tile, all of which require no underlayment, you might be surprised to learn that underlayment is practically required below laminate flooring.

What Is Laminate Underlayment?
Laminate underlayment is a soft pad that is installed under laminate flooring. The underlayment helps the laminate planks lay smoother, connect better, and for the flooring to feel slightly softer underfoot. Underlayment is either pre-attached to the bottom of the laminate flooring by the manufacturer or it is installed separately by the user.

Attached Underlayment
When the underlayment is attached to the flooring, nothing else needs to be done. The laminate flooring is ready for installation . Using a second layer of underlayment is useless and can even be detrimental.

Separate Underlayment
When the underlayment is not attached, rolls must be purchased and installed separately. Underlayment is made of polyethylene foam, felt, or cork. The strips, usually 36 to 44 inches wide, are attached side-to-side with seaming tape or with attached adhesive strips. Rolls are from 30 to 100 feet long, with thicknesses ranging from 6 mm to 8mm. สถาปนิก