Using Underlayment for Hardwood Flooring

AFS singleWhen preparing for the installation of your new hardwood flooring, it is important to stop and consider which kind of underlayment to place beneath it. There are several factors that determine which underlayment to use for your flooring project, and finding the perfect fit for your sub floor and environment will ensure that you fully enjoy your new hardwood floor.

  • Moisture: It is important to consider the environment in which you will install your flooring. For example, if you are installing hardwood flooring in a potentially damp room, such as a basement, certain measures must be taken to ensure that moisture does not cause the hardwood to expand. Installing underlayment that will be an effective moisture barrier is crucial in damp environments.
  • Sound: Underlayment plays a key role in reducing noise transfer between rooms. If you would like to install hardwood floors in your band room, you might want to consider a sound-absorbent underlayment such as cork.
  • Sub Floor: In some cases, the material of your sub floor will determine the underlayment that is best to use for your project. For example, it would not be wise to install a moisture barrier over a wood sub floor. This would trap moisture in the sub floor and lead to mold and mildew concerns.

If would like to discuss underlayment options for you next hardwood flooring project, please contact us.