Tips for Matching Laminate Flooring with the Right Underlay

If you’re looking to fit a laminate floor, you will need to consider the type of underlay you use. Here are some helpful tips:

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The subfloor is what is underneath your floor covering. If you are laying laminate on top of a concrete subfloor, you will need to think about protection from moisture which can be transmitted through the concrete. Damp is damaging to laminate, causing it to swell and eventually leading to buckling of your floor.

If you are putting laminate on top of floorboards, you will want to have a breathable barrier that allows moisture to naturally dissipate. The only exception to that is if you ware laying laminate in a bathroom.

Types of Underlay

•       Standard – a thick layer of foam, standard underlay provides some cushioning but it doesn’t have a moisture barrier. Most commonly used over floorboards.
•       Combination – a foam layer combined with a vapour barrier that will stop moisture from below. Most commonly used on concrete floors – can also be used on floorboards.
•       Cork – if your primary consideration is reducing the noise from your laminate floor, then choose cork, which has great deadening properties.

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Laminate is a versatile flooring option, as shown in this article from Ideal Home: It comes in a range of styles, both wood effect and coloured such as this grey laminate flooring from

Underlay is completely hidden by the laminate, so you don’t need to worry about how it looks.

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