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Why is laminate flooring underlay important?

Laminate flooring in Cheshire and Wirral homes is extremely popular, as it’s hard wearing, cost effective and offered in many designs. However, for laminate flooring to last a long time, a quality underlay is required.

Without underlay, there is added pressure on the joins between each laminate plank, and moisture from the subfloor can cause damage. Underlay can also reduce noise.

Some laminates have underlay built in, but for those without, a high-quality underlay is recommended. While this increases installation costs, it also increases the life of the floor, so it’s a worthwhile investment.

There are several types of underlay to choose from. According to the flooring expert Rachel Ogden, the type of room a laminate is being fitted in can determine which type of underlay is best to use. Writing for Expert Reviews, she explained:

“For example, in an attic or guest bedroom, where footfall will be lower and the chance of damp minimal, a basic foam underlay can suffice. On the other hand, if it’s a high-traffic area, such as a living room or kitchen, a thicker product, or one that helps to soundproof, will be the best choice.”

Underlays insulate the floor. Like duvets, they are measured using a tog rating, but if a household has underfloor heating installed, the lowest tog should be chosen to ensure the heat can pass through.

Soundproofing underlays are rated according to their reduction of decibels. Most reduce impact sounds heard by people in rooms underneath and by neighbours. Damp-proof underlays are important for ground floor insulation, but will make little difference in bedrooms.

When selecting the right underlay for a particular room, households should ensure they consider factors like insulation and soundproofing.

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