Even though you can't see an underlayment or a subfloor, it's one of the most important elements of flooring installation. An improperly installed underlayment can cause insulation problems, and can even cause the floor installed over it to buckle, warp, and break.
There are many types of improper flooring installations, and the most common one is when the underlayment is inadequately prepared for the floor that will be installed upon it. An underlayment needs to be free of dirt, debris, jutting nails, and anything that would cause the surface to be uneven. Hardwood floors, especially, are sensitive to an improperly installed subfloor, and will quickly buckle & warp if installed on an improper underlayment. In addition, if you install an underlayment in an improper environment -- in an environment that's too moist, or too dry -- it can cause problems down the line.
Here at All Flooring USA, we strive to make sure we can offer the best possible underlayment for your flooring needs. We will offer you a free, no obligation consultation on what your flooring -- and underlayment -- needs are, and we will break down your costs and materials in such a way that you can understand it on every level.
There are many materials used in underpayments. Amongst them:
- Plywood: This is often used in “dry” flooring applications, such as hardwood.
- Foam and Cork: This is best for floating floors to prevent loud footsteps and bending (giving it some soundproofing qualities, as well).
- Cement Board: This is best for tile floors, or anyone else with a “wet” flooring application. Cement will prevent a tile or other “wet” floor from buckling and breaking.
It's important to remember that, while an underlayment or subfloor may be costly, it's even more costly to have a subfloor installed incorrectly. You will definitely need a professional to install your subfloor -- so if you're in or surrounding areas, contact us today for your free, no obligation consultation. Our team of experts will prove to you that there's no job too big, or too small!