When it comes time to do the floors in your home, a lot of details need to be decided beforehand in order to produce the highest quality flooring that will provide you with years of service. The types of flooring vary in appearance and price, giving homeowners a wide selection of choices to place in their homes. Finding the right flooring underlayment can prove just as difficult thanks to the wide range of products to choose from. Eco Cork Foam® should be your top choice for nearly any flooring task! Our cork flooring underlayment utilizes a unique blend of cork and polyurethane foam to create an optimal moisture barrier underlayment that is handy for a wide range of floors. While a professional knows the ins and outs of flooring, from the preparation phase to laying the best underlay for hardwood floors, the amateur home improvement enthusiast may be in need of answers. Today, we’ll look at a few common types of flooring that are in regular use and the varying types of underlayment for each. In the end, it should be obvious that our cork flooring underlayment is unmatched by traditional options.

Floor Types

The underlayment you need can vary based on the floor that you are installing. Some applications will require higher moisture protection while others demand better acoustical qualities. While ECF provides top-notch sound reducing underlay qualities to your home, it’s important to know of the different options:

  • Hardwood. This flooring application is attached with nails or staples. As is always a concern, the presence of moisture can wreak havoc on your nice floors. Placing hardwood floors in the basement will require a premium basement floor underlayment to ward off the moisture risks.
  • Engineered hardwood. A fancier version of hardwood, this product is designed to better handle the changes that are associated with moisture and humidity. There are four accepted methods of installation for engineered floors, including glue, nails, staples, and free floating. An underlayment for hardwood includes the advantage of fixing minor imperfections in the subfloor that can equate to issues on the top surface. Acoustics are also an issue that needs to be rectified when laying down this more costly flooring.
  • Laminate. A cheaper, more user-friendly product, laminate flooring is a wood-based material that expands and contracts with the elements. Because of this, an underlayment is needed. Laminate floors are also prone to issues with small imperfections and moisture. Therefore, an ideal flooring solution is needed to provide proper support and protection.
  • Underlay-attached laminate. One option for saving time is to purchase laminate flooring that has the protected underlayment already attached on the bottom. While our cork flooring underlayment can be ideal for most applications, we do not recommend it here. Adding too much cushion can hamper stability, creating big problems with your floor’s surface.

Your floors will require different components based on a variety of factors. In nearly any case, the need for a strong material that protects against moisture and provides acoustical resistance is vital. ECF’s cork flooring underlayment is perfect here thanks to our dedication to quality and service. We like to state that everything is over-engineered for your satisfaction, and the results will not disappoint. Next time, we’ll look at other flooring underlayments and their effectiveness in real-life settings. Contact us today to learn more about this innovative product!