Selecting new flooring for your living space can be both exciting and stressful at once; hence it’s easy to overlook minute details when considering the color or finishing techniques, especially if you’re doing a do-it-yourself installation. Vinyl flooring is known for its durability and resiliency, but not considering its underlayment can be a major mistake. Having an underlayment is just as important as the flooring itself. Wear layer and topcoats provide protection to the surface of your floor, but having an underlay adds an extra layer of protection to the bottom of your floorboards or tiles. Read on to know which underlay serves the best for your vinyl flooring.

What is an Underlayment?

Flooring consists of many parts which include: joists, subfloor, underlayment, and finish flooring material. The joist is the first layer which is typically the wooden foundation underneath the floor. The subfloor is generally plywood which is already intact and provides support for everything. Underlayment is typically rolls of plywood or other rolls of material that serve as a buffer between the subfloor and the surface and hence improves stability. Finish Floor is basically the material you walk on, such as wood or tile. Underlayment has several functions which include: sound deadening, moisture barrier, and softening the feel of the floor underfoot.

Why Do You Need Underlayment?

There are three main reasons why you should have an underlayment for your vinyl flooring :

1.Underlay allows a smooth exterior hence a smooth finish floor, which provides extra stability and protection and increases the acoustic capabilities of your vinyl floor.

2.Underlayment adds a compression resistance to your floor which reduces wear and tear even after years and years of traffic in your house. Underlayment also helps guard against moisture.

3.Underlayment also helps improve the acoustic properties of your floor as the sound gets absorbed hence minimizes the echoes of your footsteps.

Types of Underlayment

There are 3 types of Underlayment for you to choose from, depending on the type of vinyl flooring (rigid or flexible) you have installed in your home.

1.Livyn Basic: This type of underlay is suitable for all types of common installation, both for Rigid Click(+) and Click(+).

2.Sunheat: Sunheat underlay is the best option for your floor if it’s exposed to high temperatures like when you have windows with direct sunlight. This type of underlay is compatible only with our flexible Click(+) vinyl.

3.Transitstop: This type of underlay is the best option if you want to reduce the transmission of unwanted noise in the room. This type of underlay is compatible only with the flexible Click(+) vinyl.


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