Before your customers can truly understand why underlayment is so incredibly important, they must first understand what it is and what it does. Constructed of different types of materials, including cement, wood, cork, or foam, the “right one” will be best determined by the subfloor onto which it’s being installed. But there’s a lot more to this important product than many might think, especially since it’s not visible after installation.
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The idea of neglecting the possibility of an underlayment is one that many employ hoping to save a few dollars on the overall budget. However, the problems that can arise without it can be far more expensive to fix later on. For instance, imperfections in the subfloor can often press through your flooring without this material in between. Underlayments also add more stability, especially when installed in a perpendicular fashion. This extra strength is particularly beneficial, especially on the second floor of homes and businesses.
Another important benefit of underlayment is that it provides a better surface for flooring materials that are installed with adhesives to attach to. It also creates a layer of moisture control that can go a long way in providing protection against mold growth, especially for homes that are situated on a slab.
The kind of underlayment is chosen according to the advice of an experienced installer. For instance, a wood under is preferred for wood floors while cement board is perfect for porcelain tile floors. Cement is also great for bathrooms and kitchens, offering the best backing while also fending off mold growth. A cheaper alternative is foam or cork, but these are only slightly better than not having an under material at all. It’s soft enough to allow most imperfections to show through in just a short period of time and can feel too soft in certain situations. However, on a perfectly level surface with no imperfections, it can work well.