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Wood Flooring Underlay

Wood Flooring Underlay

Posted in Wood Flooring Underlay by Source on June 10th 2011
About wood flooring underlay After you have decided on the perfect type of flooring for your home, it's time to look at some flooring accessories. Selecting the right flooring accessories can mean a lot of difference in the long-term maintenance of your flooring. Whether you are installing hardwood floors, or laminates, you will need to use an underlay to apply your flooring to the subfloor, some of these underlays are damp proof or sound proof to suit specific requirements. After choosing your underlay, you will have to prepare your subfloor with flooring accessories like membranes or leveling components. Next, look for matching profiles to hide away unsightly edges or pipe holes. For laminate and hardwood profiles, there are skirting’s, scotias, radiator pipe covers, and stair nose moldings. Wood flooring underlay is seen more of a necessity than an ‘optional’ purchase these days. Not only does it provide significant sound dampening qualities on hardwood floors but also helps to insulate the surrounding area. In addition, the physical barrier created by the underlay provides comprehensive protection from dampness rising from your subfloor to your wood floor. So, now you know the benefits of flooring underlay, how do you install it?

When installing your new wood floor, the underlay can determine the success and durability of your new product's life span. There are different types of wood flooring underlay for different types of installation, sound, heat or moisture insulation quality. There are also different types of underlay for the different type of flooring being installed. Wood flooring underlay can now be used when installing every type of flooring. It’s most common use will be when installed in conjunction with an engineered wood floor. This allows the floor to be floated down onto the underlay. The same installation method can be used when installing solid engineered wood floors. Solid wood floors can now be installed with adhesive underlays, specifically designed to be used with solid wood floor boards. There is also a good selection of underlays which are designed to be used with under floor heating, which allow the heat to pass through quickly and evenly distributed. Moisture barriers are also a very common feature in wood floor underlays. Allowing moisture to get into your floor boards can completely wreck the entire floor. When you are laying laminate flooring in a kitchen, you should really think about choosing the higher end flooring because of the protection offered. A kitchen area is known to have mould issues near the sink, dishwasher, and refrigerator because of the moisture that comes with these appliances. It is better to lay the protected flooring so you don't find yourself having to repair or replace the flooring from moisture issues.

About our wood flooring undelays

Foam underlay: Our foam underlay ranges are composed from lightweight closed cell polyethylene foam which is 100% recyclable. They offer excellent thermal and sound insulating properties. Ranging from 2mm – 7mm in thickness, these underlays are suitable for floating down engineered, solid engineered, and laminate wood floors, and most come with a moisture barrier.
Damp-proof underlay: Our damp-proof wood floor underlay products are specifically designed to protect flooring against moisture, and all the underlays in this section contain some type of moisture barrier. The pro-tech is a very popular option as it is laminated on one side with a full 1000 gauge damp-proof membrane, and has an integrated overlap and self-adhesive strip to provide the ultimate protection against moisture migration from the subfloor. The wood flooring underlays in this section are all suitable for floating down engineered, solid engineered and laminate wood flooring.

Sound-proof rubber underlay: The wood flooring underlay products in this section are made from high density rubber, and offer the very best in sound proofing insulation and reduce in room and impact noise. These wood floor underlays range from 2mm – 5.35mm, and are suitable for floating down engineered, solid engineered and laminate floors.

Insulation underlay: The insulating boards in this section offer exceptional thermal insulation (2.15 Togs), making them ideal to use on cold floors, cellars etc. The boards are made from light weight polystyrene and are suitable for floating down engineered and solid engineered wood floor boards. These boards also offer excellent impact sound and walking noise reduction, high weight resistance and effective moisture protection.

Adhesive underlay: These adhesive underlays are specifically designed to be used in conjunction with floors. Solid wood they have an adhesive coating on one side covered with a peel able protective film. This vastly improves the installation time of solid wood floors, compared to traditional nailing or gluing methods.

Underfloor heating underlay: The wood flooring underlay products in this section are specifically designed to be used with under floor heating. The Quick Therm underlay is composed from very dense lightweight closed cell polyethylene foam. It is a unique perforated underlay which has been specially developed to offer maximum heat transfer.

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