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Why Underlayment is Needed for Floating and Laminate Floors

One thing I do not like is shortcuts taken in renovations or new construction. I used to have to do that when I was younger on the home my wife and I had for a long time. We did not have the money to really do things the absolute right way. If we wanted something new, we had to settle for things. I was happy when our income reached a point we could do it right. You save money by doing tings right. Laminate and floating hardwood floors are an example. You should always buy underlayment to put down on the subfloor before you lay the finished flooring on top. This stops the squeaks and groans that are typical of this type of flooring when the job is not done right.

If you choose to buy underlayment, make sure it is the good stuff. You may even need to lay down a moisture barrier if you are installing on concrete. The underlayment gives you a nice quiet floor. If you have carpeting, you want to walk around and listen for squeaks from the subfloor after you pull up the carpet and padding. If you have a basement below the subfloor, have someone listen for noisy spots. Mark every single one and drive screws down into the subflooring and into the floor joists to stop the movement causing the noise. If you have to fix any subflooring, make sure you use glue and screws. This takes care of noise problems. Your underlayment will do the rest.

Good underlayment under floating floors really makes the floors quiet. I have been in houses that just installed planks over planks. It sounded like firecrackers going off just walking across the floor. That would drive me nuts hearing that all the time. All they needed was a couple of rolls of underlayment to stop the noise. It is too late after the floor is installed.

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