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Laminate Flooring Underlay

Laminate wood flooring is a popular choice for many people installing new flooring in their homes.

It’s attractive, easy to clean and maintain, and available in a range of stylish colours and patterns.

However, if you want your laminate flooring to last, investing in a high-quality laminate flooring underlay is essential.

At Tradepriced, we stock an extensive range of underlays that are ideal for a range of laminate floors – and at such an affordable price, you really can’t go wrong!

Scroll our collection below, and add your chosen underlay to your online basket for convenient home delivery!

Why do you need underlay for laminate flooring?

Underlay is essential in impacting how your laminate floor looks, sounds, and feels.

Installed above your subfloor, laminate flooring underlay is a layer of cushioning, or padding, that your laminate flooring sits on top of, and acts as a shock-absorbent layer to protect your laminate flooring from extensive wear and tear.

There are many benefits of laminate underlay, including:

  • 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

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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?

Fibreboard Underlay

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 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

Get in touch with Tradepriced today

Installing new laminate flooring, and 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 sales@tradepriced.co.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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6mm Supreme Gold Underlay - Tradepriced

6mm Supreme Gold Laminate Underlay

• 6mm Gold Laminate Underlay
• 25dB Approx Sound Reduction
• Fantastic Leveling Qualities

from £2.22 sq.m (ex VAT)

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3mm Barrier Plus

3mm Barrier Plus Laminate & Wood Underlay

• 3mm Laminate Underlay
• 100% Recyclable
• Features Integrated Damp Proof Membrane

from £0.83 sq.m (ex VAT)

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Arbiton Expert

Arbiton Expert Aquastop Laminate & Wood Underlay

• 2mm Laminate Underlay
• Underfloor Heating Underlay
• Ideal For Rooms With Heavy Furniture

from £3.67 sq.m (ex VAT)

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Polyfoam 2mm White Wood laminate underlay - Tradepriced

Royale 2mm White Wood & Laminate Underlay

• 2mm Polyfoam Underlay
• UKs Lowest Cost
• Best Selling Budget Underlay

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ProVent Laminate Flooring Underlay 2.3mm - TradepricedOut Of Stock

ProVent Laminate Underlay – 2.3mm

• Low Heat Insulation
• Low Low Trade Underlay Price
• The Ultimate Underlay For UFH

from 49p sq.m (ex VAT)

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Comfort Silver Laminate and Hardwood Underlay - Tradepriced

Royale 3mm Silver Foil Laminate & Wood Underlay

• 3mm Polyfoam Underlay
• 19 db Impact Sound Reduction
• Vapour Barrier Built In

from 99p sq.m (ex VAT)

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Professional Gold 7mm Corner Shot Laminate Underlay - Tradepriced

Professional Gold Laminate Underlay – 7mm

• 7mm Professional Gold Foil Underlay
• Latest & Best Underlay For Laminate Flooring
• Exceptional Heat & Sound Insulation

from £7.34 sq.m (ex VAT)

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Sonic Gold Laminate & Hardwood Underlay - Tradepriced

Royale 5mm Sonic Gold Laminate and Wood Underlay

• 5mm Polyfoam Underlay
• UK’s Lowest Cost
• Best Selling Underlay

from £1.66 sq.m (ex VAT)

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Duralay Timberate Laminate & Hardwood Underlay - TradepricedOut Of Stock

Duralay Timbermate Laminate Underlay – 3.6mm

• 3.6mm with Built in DPM
• Rubber Based Underlay
• Manufactured in UK

from £3.35 sq.m (ex VAT)

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Duralay Silentfloor Gold Laminate Underlay 4.2mm - Tradepriced

Duralay Silentfloor Gold Laminate Underlay – 4.2mm | Full 10 sq.m Rolls

• 4.2mm Wood & Laminate Underlay
• 24dB Noise Reduction
• 10m2 Roll

Timberhush 3mm

Timberhush Excel 3mm Gold Laminate Underlay

• 3mm Laminate / Wood Underlay
• Great Noise Reduction 24db!
• Heavy Use Low Price

from £3.20 sq.m (ex VAT)

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TimberTech 2 UnderlayOut Of Stock

TimberTech Elite Plus 3mm Laminate & Wood Underlay

• 3mm Laminate / Wood Underlay
• Great Impact Noise Reduction 21dB!
• Heavy Use Low Price

from £4.15 sq.m (ex VAT)

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Cloud 9 Cush 'n' Wood Laminate and Hardwood Underlay - Tradepriced

Cloud 9 Cush ‘n’ Wood Laminate Underlay – 4mm

• High Tog Underlay
• 5mm PU Foam Laminate Underlay
• Best Selling Underlay

from £3.88 sq.m (ex VAT)

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fibreboard laminate underlay - Tradepriced

FibreBoard Laminate Underlay – 5mm

• Sound Reduction
• Thick 5mm
• Best Seller

from £2.39 sq.m (ex VAT)

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fibreboard laminate underlay - Tradepriced

FibreBoard Laminate Underlay – 7mm

• Sound Reduction
• Thick 7mm
• Best Seller

from £2.12 sq.m (ex VAT)

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Royale XPS Laminate & Wood Underlay - Tradepriced

Royale XPS Laminate & Wood Underlay – 5mm

• 2.0 TOG
• 5mm Thickness
• Best Seller

from £1.66 sq.m (ex VAT)

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Quick Therm Laminate Underfloor Heating Underlay - Tradepriced

QuickTherm Underfloor Heating Laminate Underlay – 1.8mm

• Underfloor Heating
• 0.35 Tog Underlay
• Value and Performance

from £3.50 sq.m (ex VAT)

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Duralay Heatflow Laminate Underlay - Tradepriced

Duralay Heatflow Laminate Underlay – 2.75mm

• Underfloor Heating
• 0.35 Tog Underlay
• Value and Performance

from £4.93 sq.m (ex VAT)

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Tredaire Technics 5 Multifunction Laminate Underlay - TradepricedOut Of Stock

Duralay Technics 5 Multifunction Laminate Underlay – 5mm

• 5mm Rubber Underlay
• For Laminate & Carpets
• Manufactured in the UK

from £4.85 sq.m (ex VAT)

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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.

Noise reduction

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%.

Underfloor heating

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.

Insulation

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