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Laminate Flooring Underlay
Laminate is a popular flooring option for many people. It’s attractive and easy to clean and maintain.
However, if you want long-lasting quality and high performance from your laminate floor, you need an effective laminate underlay installed beneath.
Why do you need underlay for laminate flooring?
Underlay is essential in impacting how your flooring looks, sounds, and feels. Installed above your subflooring, laminate flooring underlay is a layer of cushioning, or padding, that your laminate flooring sits on top of.
The benefits of underlay include:
- Helping to even out your subfloor and reduce bumpiness
- Providing cushioning underfoot
- Protecting your flooring from subfloor moisture that can damage laminate
- Soundproofing your rooms
- Insulating your home and keeping it warm
Laminate flooring underlay for all needs and purposes
We stock a fantastic range of underlay for laminate flooring, so you’re guaranteed to find the ideal choice for your property.
So, what types of laminate underlay do we supply?
This type of underlay is perfect for soundproofing rooms that experience high traffic, such as hallways and living rooms. Fibreboard is also great for providing insulation to your home and keeping you warm throughout winter.
Studies, lounges, and bedrooms can all benefit from fibreboard laminate underlay.
Foam laminate underlay is excellent at resisting moisture often released by concrete subflooring. Moisture is incredibly damaging to laminate flooring, so prohibiting its effects is vital to keeping your flooring healthy and looking new for longer.
Foam laminate underlay is ideal for use in utility rooms and conservatories.
Gold foil underlay
This underlay is engineered to insulate laminate floors and resist water damage thanks to its high-performance aluminium vapour barrier. The gold foil will also prevent the need for extra moisture protection sheets, saving you money and hassle.
Gold foil is ideal for use in bathrooms and kitchens where water can easily reach your flooring.
Under-floor heating laminate underlay
Under-floor laminate underlay is designed for use alongside underfloor electric and water heating systems, helping to heat your home. The under-floor heating laminate underlay will have a low tog rating to increase the efficiency of your heating system, allowing the transfer of heat through your floor to keep you snug and warm.
Under-floor laminate underlay is ideal for …
Why Buy Laminate Underlay from Us?
At Tradepriced, we are trusted suppliers of top-quality laminate underlay manufactured to be as durable as possible. We’re also an approved Duralay and Tredaire laminate underlay wholesaler.
Our offering also includes:
- Some of the largest stocks of laminate underlay and fast delivery times in the UK
- Affordable flooring underlay and Best Price Promise – we’ll beat or match the price on like-for-like products found elsewhere online
- Huge stocks from reliable suppliers including Duralay, Tredaire, and Cloud 9
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Not sure which laminate underlay is best for your needs?
For assistance or further information regarding our selection of underlays for laminate flooring, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable team on 02080 376 557 or email us at email@example.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Frequently Asked Questions
Laminate flooring underlay comes with numerous benefits, including:
- Less damage to your laminate flooring
Laminate flooring underlay provides an extra level of protection. It absorbs impact, whether this be footfall, or an item being dropped, preventing your flooring from being damaged.
- Added support
Underlay increases the support beneath your laminate flooring. This is especially beneficial underneath the locking system.
- Improved insulation
Underlays come with tog ratings. The higher the tog, the more heat your room will retain.
- Options to work with underfloor heating
Lower tog laminate underlays are available for use over underfloor heating. These allow the heat to easily pass into your room.
- Increased noise reduction
Footsteps on your laminate flooring can be loud. Laminate underlay creates a cushioned barrier between your flooring and the sub-floor which in turn reduces noise within your room.
If you need help finding the best underlay for laminate flooring, get in touch.
We recommend between 1.5mm-7mm for laminate flooring underlay.
If your laminate flooring is going upstairs, you will likely want to choose an underlay with exceptional soundproofing qualities. Thicker underlays usually provide this quality.
However, if you have underfloor heating, thinner underlays are better.
Thinner underlays have a lower tog, meaning heat generated from your underfloor heating can easily pass into your room.
If you require an underlay suitable for underfloor heating and soundproofing, there are a few specifically designed for both.
You also need to take your doors into account. You don’t want your underlay to be so thick that it prevents your doors from opening.
If you’re unsure which thickness to choose, we’re happy to advise. Simply get in touch.
Laminate flooring underlay can cost anywhere from 49p per square metre to £7.39 per square metre.
Each laminate underlay varies in thickness, tog, sound reduction qualities and impact rating.
So, when choosing your underlay, you should make a list of your preferences in order of their importance within your household.
For example, do you have underfloor heating? Then a lower tog rating will be one of your priorities. Whereas if you don’t have underfloor heating, a higher tog rating is likely an important factor to increase the insulation within your flooring.
Do you live in a busy household? A higher amount of soundproofing will be beneficial to you, dulling the sound of noisy footsteps.
Once you’ve identified your preferences, you should be able to narrow down your options. You can then find the perfect underlay for laminate flooring within your budget.
Choosing an underlay designed for a flooring type other than laminate could cause issues.
Carpet underlay, for example, is a definite no-go if you’re installing laminate flooring.
This is because carpet underlay is usually much thicker than laminate flooring underlay – typically around 10mm. This extra thickness creates a luxuriously cushioned feel beneath carpet, however underneath laminate this won’t provide adequate support. Instead, it will put your laminate flooring under extra strain and could potentially negatively affect the locking system.
Here at Tradepriced, we supply a variety of underlays specifically designed for laminate flooring. So, no matter what you’re after – whether it be increased insulation, added support or damage prevention, you’re sure to find the perfect laminate flooring underlay.
Laminate underlay is a thin, padded layer of material that sits below your laminate flooring.
It protects your laminate against damage and extends its lifespan as well as providing other benefits including noise reduction, comfort and insulation.
It protects against wear and tear
Laminate is a floating floor, meaning it lays loosely over your subfloor. The laminate panels need to be evenly distributed and fixed securely in place, so they don’t move or warp.
A lot of subfloors are slightly uneven or bumpy, which can affect the quality of the laminate installation.
Installing an underlay evens out any imperfections in the subfloor, helping ensure the laminate is level and stable.
This extends the lifespan of the flooring because a level and stable subfloor supports the laminate’s locking mechanism.
Also, laminate flooring is often quite thin, which makes it vulnerable to damage from wear and tear.
Underlay cushions your flooring from shocks and impacts caused by general use like footsteps and moving furniture.
This protects your laminate against wear and tear and can significantly extend its lifespan.
Underlay protects your laminate against moisture damage
For cold subfloors like concrete, you need to consider a damp proof membrane.
Cold ground floor subfloors are often prone to damp, which can damage your laminate.
An underlay with a vapour barrier helps prevent this.
More on this further down the page.
An underlay provides insulation
Laminate can make the floor feel colder in the winter, especially when it’s installed on a cold subfloor.
A laminate underlay provides some insulation, meaning the floor’s not quite as cold on your feet.
Extra comfort in your home
For a luxury feel underfoot, you should choose an underlay that provides comfort and sound reduction. More on this below.
Some laminates come with pre-attached underlayment. In this situation, you don’t need any extra underlay. It won’t provide any extra benefit and may actually damage the underlay.
Too much padding can make the floor too bouncy, which strains the laminate’s locking system.
If you are fitting a laminate floor with a pre-attached underlay to concrete though, it’s a good idea to install a vapour barrier as well. This will help prevent moisture damage.
What is the best underlay for laminate? The best underlay depends on the type of subfloor you are installing it to, and what you want to achieve from your flooring.
Your first consideration is the type of subfloor you are installing to.
Cold hard ground floor subfloors such as concrete are more prone to moisture damage, so you need to choose an underlay with a vapour barrier like Duralay Timbermate Excel Laminate Underlay.Its built-in vapour barrier repels moisture and protects your floor.
Wooden subfloors are often on higher floors and less prone to moisture damage, so you don’t usually need to worry about a vapour barrier.
Your next consideration is what you want to achieve from your underlay.
Without underlay, footsteps and motion can cause a lot of noise.
As well as having a vapour barrier, our Duralay Timbermate Excel laminate underlay reduces in-room noise by up to 30%.
If you have underfloor heating, you need to choose a thermal underlay for laminate flooring. These have a low tog rating’s, like our Heatflow wood & laminate range.
A low tog rating allows more heat to pass through the flooring and into the room.
An underlay can also act as an insulator if you don’t have underfloor heating.
So, choosing a laminate underlay with a high tog rating will help your room retain more heat.
This could help you save money on energy!
We would recommend an underlay of 3 – 5mm for laminate flooring.
It should be at least 3mm thick to provide comfort and ground leveling properties. But, it should be no more than 5mm thick. If it’s any thicker, you could experience problems with the laminate’s locking system.
Although re-using your underlay may be appealing, using a carpet underlay with laminate flooring will cause problems in the long run.
Carpet underlay is usually much thicker than laminate underlay. It’s usually around 10mm thick, whereas laminate underlay is usually around 3mm thick.
If you install laminate on top of a carpet underlay, the floor will be too bouncy and spongy, which can damage the locking system and provide an uncomfortable feel.
Once you’ve chosen the best underlay for your laminate flooring, you can either use a professional installer or install it yourself.
If you don’t feel confident, you should use a professional installer to get the best results.
However, if you want to do it yourself, here’s how you can do it.
For the best results, you should lay the underlay before you install any skirting boards. Or, if you already have skirting boards, you should remove them.
This will allow you to fit the skirting boards over the underlay and laminate boards, which will result in a more seamless and professional finish.
First, clean your subfloor and ensure it is completely dry. If you notice any that your subfloor is damaged in any way, you should fix it before you continue.
Then, lay your underlay along the length of your room, ensuring you leave a gap of at least 10mm around any pipes.
On concrete subfloors, lay the underlay with the vapour barrier side down.
On wooden subfloors, lay the underlay rubber side down.
Also, make sure to leave a small gap around any pipes.
Then, use a knife to cut off any surplus underlay.
After this, secure the seams of the underlay with vapour tape if you have a concrete subfloor, or a good underlay tape if you are installing to a wooden subfloor.
Once you’re happy than the laminate underlay is securely in place, you can install your laminate flooring on top.
Interfloor’s underlays are renowned for their great value and quality. Why not browse our ranges.
Our Heatflow Wood & Laminate Underlay range is perfect for use with underfloor heating. The low tog rating allows heat to easily pass through the underlay and into the flooring, which can help reduce your energy bills. It also provides underfoot comfort and protects your flooring from wear and tear.
Our Timbermate Excel and Silentfloor ranges are great sound dampeners. The underlays can reduce in-room noise by up to 30%! They contain vapour barriers too, which protects your flooring against moisture