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How To Choose the Right Underlayment
Choosing the right underlayment is an essential step when installing new flooring. However, this decision is often overlooked, resulting in subpar sound absorption, insulation, and overall floor stability. With so many underlayment options available, it can be challenging to determine which one is right for you. In this blog post, we will help guide you through the process of how to choose the right underlayment for your next flooring project.
Determine the room’s purpose
The first thing you should do when choosing an underlayment is to consider the room’s purpose. Different rooms in your home require different levels of sound absorption, insulation, durability, and stability. For example, a child’s playroom would require an underlayment that can withstand heavy traffic, while a home office would benefit from an underlayment that reduces sound transmission.
Consider the flooring type
The flooring type you choose will also play a significant role in determining the right underlayment. Hard surface floors such as laminate and hardwood may require an underlayment with moisture protection and cushioning. On the other hand, carpet flooring may require an underlayment that provides better sound insulation and improved thermal insulation.
Another critical aspect of choosing the right underlayment is to check its compatibility with the flooring material. For example, some underlayments may not work adequately with certain types of flooring or cause unevenness, leading to joint separation or buckling.
Choose the right thickness
The thickness of the underlayment is another essential factor to consider. The thinner the underlayment, the less it will absorb sound and offer thermal insulation. Thicker underlayments, on the other hand, offer enhanced comfort and support while walking on the floor. It is important to note that thicker underlayments can sometimes cause issues with door openings and transitions, so it’s crucial to consult with a professional before making a final decision.
Finally, you must consider your budget when choosing the right underlayment. You will find underlayments ranging from basic to premium quality, with the price varying accordingly. Although it’s tempting to choose a cheaper underlayment, it may lead to costly repairs or premature flooring wear, reducing your flooring system’s lifespan.
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Choosing the right underlayment can make a significant difference in the flooring system’s overall performance and durability. Taking the time to understand the room’s purpose, flooring type, underlayment compatibility, thickness, and budget will help in making an informed decision that is right for you. It’s important to seek professional advice to avoid making costly mistakes or unknowingly damaging your floors. If you need help choosing the right underlayment or installing your new floors, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at On Point Flooring in Sacramento, CA. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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