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What is the best type of underlay for my wood flooring?

What is the best type of underlay for my wood flooring?

Posted in Wood Flooring Underlay by John on January 12nd 2015
Designing a house could be a daunting task. Every part of the house must be well chosen and thought of, otherwise, it can cause an unpleasant result. Even the things that are not apparent, such as the underlay, can cause drastic long term effects that would ruin the experience of the people staying in it.

When determining the kind of underlay to use for your wood flooring, some factors you have to consider are moisture barrier, thermal underlay, and soundproof underlay. So how do you determine the right underlay for your wood flooring? Here is a brief discussion that will help you decide.

One of the first things to determine is the placement of the wooden flooring. Normally, the second or any higher floor would require a higher soundproof underlay. The purpose here is to reduce or completely negate the amount of noise produced by the higher floor that could be heard on the floors below.

Naturally, designers would not place a high soundproof underlay on the ground floor, unless there is a basement. Placing a high soundproof underlay on the ground floor would simply be a waste of money.

Thermal underlay is a necessity when it comes to cold areas. It helps keep the heat within the house and reduces or even prevents the passing of heat through the floor. This will make the stay of the homeowner more comfortable.

Here, the point is the climate where the house is erected. A high thermal underlay is certainly necessary for colder regions, and lower for warmer locations. Having a high thermal underlay on a house at a warm region would simply increase the temperature in the house, causing great discomfort.

Note that not all underlay have the same sound and thermal proof quality. Of course, if you would prefer the highest mark, it will cost more, so make sure that you have a budget range.

Moisture levels are also a factor in determining the right underlay for wooden flooring. The underlay’s moisture barrier can help reduce and remove the risk of damage on the flooring of the house.

A perfect example here is concrete subflooring. Ground water may seep through the concrete subfloor and cause damage to the wooden flooring. Also, rooms where there is moisture build up are a cause for concern. A high moisture barrier is recommended.

Take a look at the different underlay ranges available to you in the market today. Browse our catalogue at www.sourcewoodfloors.co.uk.


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