Underlayment is unseen, nestled beneath the beautiful aesthetics of modern laminate flooring. Although unseen, underlayment does a yeoman’s work, completing the aesthetics of the surface with high-functioning properties. Some laminate floors come with the underlayment attached, other use a separate layer. Depending on the installation, a contractor may opt to use a second skin of underlayment if the primary layer comes attached to the laminate. It’s a matter of tailoring the underlayment to the expected performance of the product.
Types of laminate underlayment
Southland Floors carries underlayments that address the general application and specific needs; underlayments offered include:
Foam underlayment – a thin continuous layer of foam, usually 1/8” thick, with no vapor/moisture barrier; provides marginal sound reduction and can remedy slight flaws in the subfloor
Combination underlayment – a foam underlayment with a moisture barrier on the back that prevents moisture from seeping up through the underlayment to the laminate; seams need to be sealed giving uniform protection to the laminate; minor noise abatement properties
Acoustical—noise dampening underlayment – used to diminish the hollow sound associated with walking over a laminate floor installed with an entry-level underlayment; cork and felt are often used with a moisture barrier frequently incorporated into the underlayment
Vinyl-backed tile underlayment – offers a simple installation combined with noise-proofing; for a complete moisture barrier, all the seams of the tiles need to be sealed
Selling points of laminate underlayment
Because it is underneath the main show – the laminate flooring – there can be pushback against purchasing an underlayment that meets the needs of the installation. Southland Floors carries a selection of underlayments, in a range of price points that meet the needs of demanding customers. After 40+ years in business, we know how to cut through the clutter of products and offer the best in every category to retailers.
When addressing the purchasing of underlayments, the following points resonate with customers. Laminate underlayments provide:
subfloor imperfection abatement
Given the favorable overall cost of laminate flooring, underlayments are a wise investment leading to higher customer satisfaction.