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Tips for Choosing the Right Underlying for Laminate Flooring

In this article, you will be learning about some pro tips that will help you in choosing the best underlying for laminate flooring and you will also learn about laminate flooring padding as well.

And right now, you will be reading about:

  • Introduction

  • How to work with plywood and concrete subfloors?

  • Noise, insulation, and antimicrobial.

  • Types of laminate underlayment.

1. Introduction

When we talk about flooring installation, the term underlying has to be there, underlayment is a flexible and thin sheet of hard material that has to be installed on top of the subfloor. This is done so that the subfloor (tiles or the laminate planks, whatever floor you are installing) has a base. Or you can say that this provides good padding for laminate flooring which will make it long-lasting.

This becomes a foundation support for the floor, but still many people ask, ‘do you have to put padding under laminate flooring?’ And the answer is underlying is a kind of basic support for the flooring.

It has different uses like:

  • It gives a cushy feeling to the laminate planks.

  • It levels the flooring.

  • It improves the floor’s resistance to transmitting the heat, also known as the floor’s R-Value.

  • It makes the floor less noisy when you walk.

Everyone needs to understand that the installation of underlayment and proper installation has a huge importance when it comes to the point when we think that:

  • Does laminate flooring with attachment padding still need underlayment?

  • How will your flooring laminate feel when you walk on it?

  • How will it wear in time?

And the answer to these questions is that it all depends on the type of underlayment you choose, which also happens to be the main topic of this article. This mostly depends on; environment and for how much space you need!

And that is also why it is important to read all the instructions given by the vendor when you are installing the laminate underlayment. Because if you install it without following the instructions and you mess up the whole thing, there is no warranty claim for that.

2. How to work with plywood and concrete subfloors?

First, you need to know that there are two types of subflooring:

  1. Plywood subfloors.

  2. Concrete subfloors

Plywood Subfloors

This is the most common type of subfloor because first, it is cheap and it can be bought in quantity. This is a breathable type of foam underlayment which is used when installing the laminate flooring or you can say that is the under padding for laminate flooring.

People mostly prefer laminate wood flooring with padding because it gives a soft feeling of the floor and wood is a natural material that is extra breathable and you will be able to walk on the floor bear feet without hurting them.

Also, it traps the moisture which means that there will be zero molds or wrapping in the laminate flooring padding lowes. This type of flooring is mostly used in kitchens where there is a lot of moist.

Concrete Subfloors

When you are getting a concrete floor, your future concern will be about the moisture. Because no matter how hard you try there will always be pours that seep water and create moisture in huge form.

This emits fumes that create plank floors have molds and warps and people have also seen the development of mildew on the floor.

To make sure that this doesn’t happen, you have to get an underlayment that acts as a vapor barrier that prevents the moist to occur and that will not affect the laminate flooring as well.

You must be wondering what are those barriers, well these are sheets and rolls that are underlaid and are made up of polypropylene and polyethylene. And that is also why some people prefer carpet padding under laminate flooring.

3. Noise, insulation and antimicrobial Consideration

The floor is best when it is not noisy, has good insulation and is antimicrobial. And that you can have if your floor has these qualities:

  • Noise Reduction.

  • Antimicrobial Advantages.

  • R-Value.

Noise Reduction:

There are different types of floors that act as barriers for transmitting noise. This is important for rooms where the babies sleep and it is mostly bought by people who have their workspace at home. Laminate floors can be noisy and that is why some people ask that, ‘can you use carpet padding under laminate flooring for reducing the noise?’

And the answer is that this the best way to have the noiseless floor and to get that all you have to do is get a carpet that is turns out to be the best padding for laminate flooring.

Antimicrobial Advantages:

You can say that these are the healthiest type of underlying materials for any kind of subflooring. It consists of cork which causes zero moist and prevents almost all kinds of bacteria.


This kind of consideration is used by people who live in cold areas of the country. This material gives insulation which means that it will keep your feet and house warm.

4. Types of laminate underlayment

For proper installation of underlayment of laminate flooring, the floor needs thin foam of layers that will give a very light cushiness. These kinds of laminate underlayment are applied to the subfloors and these are different types of it:

  • Cork underlayment.

  • Standard foam underlayment.

  • Combination foam underlayment.

  • Cork Underlayment

This kind of underlayment is used when you want zero noise and this is the most expensive kind of underlayment. It does not provide cushiness on the floor but it is best for making the floors even plus, it has natural antimicrobial qualities.

  • Standard Foam Underlayment

This is the cheapest and the most common type of underlayment. This is a thin layer of foam that provides extra cushiness to the floor and in the subfloors as well. Although, this kind of underlayment is not recommended for places that have high moisture in the air. This is because it has no vapor barring qualities.

  • Combination Foam Underlayment

This underlayment is a little expensive than the standard foam underlayment because it has vapor barring qualities. This is used in both concrete subfloors and plywood or OSB subfloors. This is the type of underlayment that is used in bathrooms and basements.


Nowadays, you will find many and different kinds of laminate floors that are manufactured with built-in underlayment padding and with such materials you don’t need to buy things separately.

But in some cases, such floorings must be installed directly over the laminate, OSB or plywood subfloors. Such types are usually suitable for areas that have more moisture and these act as additional vapor barrier seal.

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