Last week, we told you How To Choose Laminate. This week, we’ll be discussing how to choose underlayment, or cushion, for your laminate flooring.
Cushion has a variety of benefits, such as reducing noise transmission, making the laminate sound more like hardwood when it’s walked upon. It can create a moisture barrier, protecting the flooring from light moisture; and smooths out irregularities in the subfloor (the concrete or other surface underneath the flooring) for more comfortable walking and sound-dampening. Cushion is necessary in most applications of laminate.
Choosing the correct cushion is very important in protecting your laminate, and getting the most out of it. Here are a few tips on how to choose the right cushion:
What type of subfloor do you have?
If it’s concrete, you’ll want a combination cushion (a cushioned underlayment that features a layer of moisture barrier) to counteract the moist soil beneath the concrete that produces humidity and can damage your new floors.
Will moisture be a factor?
A standard foam cushion will work in areas in which moisture is not a concern, such as a second-story area, and when the subfloor is plywood. Typically, you’ll want something about 2-3 mm thick.
Is sound-dampening important?