The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Underlayment for Your Laminate Flooring

When installing laminate flooring, the importance of the right foundation—specifically, the underlayment—cannot be overstated. This crucial layer determines the longevity, comfort, and sound quality of your flooring. Here's a comprehensive look at why underlayment is vital and how to select the best underlayment for laminate flooring. 


Why Is Underlayment Essential for Laminate Flooring?

Underlayment is a material placed between the subfloor and your laminate. It serves multiple purposes: it provides a moisture barrier, reduces noise, and adds comfort underfoot. Thus, the question isn’t, "Does laminate flooring need underlayment?" but rather, "What type of underlayment is best for laminate flooring?" 

Exploring Types of Underlayment for Laminate Flooring

There are several underlayment materials to consider, such as foam, felt, cork, and rubber. However, rubber underlayment, such as those engineered by Dura Undercushions, offers superior sound insulation, comfort, and enhances the durability of your floors. 

What Happens If You Don’t Use Underlayment Under Laminate Flooring?

Skipping the underlayment can lead to moisture damage, increased floor noise, and a less comfortable walking surface. This makes choosing the right underlayment an essential step in your flooring project. 

Choosing the Best Underlayment for Laminate Flooring: Dura-Son

Dura-Son stands out as the ultimate choice for those seeking premium underlay solutions. This rubber underlayment is engineered for durability, comfort, and excellent soundproofing, making it a comprehensive solution for enhancing your laminate flooring’s stability and protection.

Dura-Son MB: The Superior Choice for Moisture Protection

In moisture-prone areas, like basements or over concrete subfloors, Dura-Son MB is the optimal choice. It features a built-in vapor barrier for exceptional moisture protection, ensuring the durability of your flooring in damp conditions.

Does Laminate Flooring With Attached Padding Still Need Underlayment?

Even if your laminate comes with attached padding, additional underlayment like Dura-Son MB provides extra sound insulation and moisture protection, essential for installations over concrete or in moisture-prone environments.

What Thickness Is Best for Laminate Flooring Underlayment?

A 3mm thickness is typically ideal, balancing cushioning with the necessary support for the laminate flooring system. This thickness ensures great soundproofing and comfort while maintaining the flooring's functionality.

Laminate Underlay on Concrete Floors

For concrete subfloors, a robust option like Dura-Son MB is recommended. Its moisture barrier and sound-dampening properties make it perfect for such installations.

The Role of a Vapor Barrier

In regions with high moisture levels, incorporating a vapor barrier is crucial. Dura-Son MB integrates this feature, providing superior moisture protection and eliminating the need for additional layers.

Foam Underlay for Laminate Flooring

Foam tends to lose its compression resistance. This degradation can significantly impact its acoustic properties. As the foam compresses under regular foot traffic and furniture weight, its ability to absorb sound diminishes, leading to a noisier environment. Moreover, this compression can also affect the structural integrity of your laminate flooring. As the foam underlay thins and hardens, it provides less support to the flooring, which can lead to increased wear and tear, and potentially shorten the lifespan of your laminate floors. In contrast, rubber underlayment, known for its resilience and long-lasting performance, maintains its thickness and shock-absorbing qualities much better over time, thus preserving both the acoustic benefits and the protective layer it offers to your flooring.


Choose the Best Underlayment for Your Laminate Flooring Today

Selecting the right underlayment is critical for a successful laminate flooring installation. With rubber options like Dura-Son and Dura-Son MB, you ensure top-quality construction, excellent moisture and sound protection. Learn more about our laminate underlayments to enhance your flooring project today.