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Laminate flooring is a kind of flooring made of composite materials, which can be directly installed on the existing flooring. But there are a few things you need to think about before installing laminate flooring.
First of all, the type of existing flooring will affect whether you can directly install laminate wood flooring on the existing floor. If your existing floor is tile, carpet or natural slate, you can't install vinyl laminate flooring on these floors because their surface is not smooth. Laminate flooring can only be installed on smooth, even floor, otherwise black laminate flooring is easy to be damaged. You can install 12mm laminate flooring on concrete, vinyl or plywood because the surface of these floors is very smooth. But before you install luxury laminate flooring, you need to install laminate underlay.
What is Laminate Underlay?
The laminate underlay is a thin, flexible and soft buffer layer that is installed between existing flooring and light laminate flooring. The most common laminate underlays are made of foam or rubber.
Why Do You Need to Install Laminate Underlays?
Laminate underlays are essential when you install laminate flooring on existing floors. Laminate underlay can improve the appearance and quality of commercial laminate flooring and prolong the service life of laminate flooring In addition, the laminate underlay can also act as a barrier between the existing flooring and the rubber laminate flooring, making the surface of the laminate flooring more flat and smooth, and preventing the laminate flooring from being damaged by the existing flooring. More importantly, the laminate underlay can also block moisture and prevent the laminate flooring from being damaged by moisture. If you want to install laminate flooring directly on the concrete, the laminate underlay is particularly important. Concrete is porous, moisture is easy to penetrate the concrete, if there is no laminate underlay, moisture will directly contact with the laminate flooring, so the laminate flooring will be easily moldy and rotten.
What Kind of Laminate Underlay is Better for You?
Before choosing the laminate underlay, you need to consider what material your existing floor is made of. In addition, you need to consider how much your budget is and whether the laminate flooring you purchased is already equipped with laminate underlays. These problems will directly affect which kind of laminate underlay is more suitable for you. The following content introduces some common laminate underlays.
Rubber Laminate Underlay
Rubber laminate underlay is the most widely used at present. This product has the characteristics of long service life and good air permeability. In addition, it has a little bit of flexibility. When you install laminate flooring on the rubber laminate underlay, the laminate flooring will become softer.
Foam Laminate Underlay
Compared with the rubber laminate underlay, the foam laminate underlay is much cheaper and its quality is no worse than that of the rubber laminate underlay.
Felt Laminate Underlay
This kind of laminate underlay is the most expensive, but it can insulate more noise. Therefore, this product is usually installed in commercial buildings. In addition, some people who pursue a quiet and warm home environment will also choose to install felt laminate underlay under the high quality laminate flooring.
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