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Flooring Underlayment – Four Questions to Help Identify the Best Solution for You

June 20, 2012 5 comments

Cork Underlayment Example

There are a number of floor underlayment products available on the market today and each product is designed for a specific purpose.  So how do you know what underlayment is right for you?  Here are 4 questions to ask yourself to help you best identify what underlayment product would be the right fit for you.

1. What is your purpose for the underlayment?

-Underlayment is used for a variety of reasons.  Foam Underlay can be used to add cushion under carpet.  Polyvinyl and plastic underlay can be used to provide a moisture barrier under hardwood flooring systems.  Cork and rubber underlayment offer the best solution for dampening sound transmission between floor levels and cork simultaneously acts as an excellent insulator against temperature transmission.  Recycled cotton and fiber underlayment products help to decrease sound transmission a little bit but also do an excellent job insulating against temperature transmission.

2. What kind of flooring are you going to install your underlayment under? Read more…

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