The importance of underlayment in engineered hardwood flooring

The importance of underlayment in engineered hardwood flooring

When you think about installing engineered hardwood flooring, the immediate concerns are often about the top layer's style, color, and durability. However, what lies beneath – the underlayment – is equally critical to the longevity and comfort of your flooring. Let’s delve into the significance of the underlayment.

What is underlayment?

Underlayment is a thin layer of material placed between the sub-floor and your engineered wood flooring. It's designed to provide cushioning, sound insulation, and even moisture protection. Available in options like foam, felt, and rubber, the right underlayment can make all the difference in the flooring experience.

Benefits of a good underlayment

  1. Sound insulation: One primary advantage of underlayment is its ability to absorb sound. If you’ve ever walked on a hardwood floor and noticed an echo or a hollow sound, it's likely because of inadequate or absent underlayment. Good underlayment can give your floors a solid feel and reduce noise transfer, especially in multi-story homes.
  2. Moisture barrier: In areas prone to moisture, such as basements or ground floors, the underlayment can act as a protective barrier, preventing moisture from seeping up and damaging your engineered hardwood flooring. This attribute is essential for longevity and maintaining the pristine look of your flooring.
  3. Comfort and insulation: A quality underlayment provides an additional layer of cushioning, making the floor more comfortable to walk on. Additionally, it can serve as an insulator, keeping your floors warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Choosing the right underlayment

The type of underlayment you choose can depend on the location of installation, the sub-floor material, and personal preferences related to sound and insulation. It's essential to consult with engineered wood flooring professionals to determine the best option for your specific needs.

Your experts on engineered wood floors

While the visible beauty of engineered hardwood flooring captures our attention, the unsung hero – the underlayment – plays a pivotal role behind the scenes. By offering protection, insulation, and enhanced comfort, the right underlayment ensures that your flooring investment stands the test of time.

Wholesale Flooring & Granite is proud to offer a wide selection of engineered wood floors. Our showroom in Baton Rouge, LA, serves Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Ascension Parish, Baker, and surrounding areas.