As a homeowner, you may be in the midst of planning your flooring project. Whether the tiles in the kitchen are past their prime or the carpets in the hall are worn bare, now is likely the best time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Many DIYers today are benefitting from the protection and cost-effectiveness of laminate flooring. This pressed product protects against wear and tear and can work well in areas with moisture. One important aspect that is vitally important to this process is a laminate underlayment. You have a wide range of choices when it comes to floor underlayments, from felt to cork, foam, and more. Eco Cork Foam is here to provide optimal protection for your floors. We proudly engineer our products to provide the best underlayment for laminate flooring and more. Each roll of ECF is composed of a quality polyethylene blend with granulated cork to deliver long-term performance and value.
Our laminate flooring underlayment is built to provide amazing results with a unique composition, but it is one among many options available. Today, we’ll highlight the basic types of underlayments available for your laminate floor. If you’re looking for a proven choice in home improvement, be sure to buy a roll of ECF from your local Home Depot!
Basic Laminate Underlayments
Those looking to save money will likely find this option right away. With the basic package, you can expect normal results, including:
- Smoothing minor imperfections. Laminate flooring is beneficial, but its soft nature can make small bumps and gaps very noticeable once everything is finished. Even one high spot in your new floors can feel like a disaster, so be sure to invest in the right floor underlayment!
- Softer footsteps. Padding beneath your feet will provide a softer feel. Be careful with your underlayment thickness, though, as your laminate flooring needs rigid support to for long-term benefits!
Remember that laminate can be very susceptible to damage if exposed to moisture, and basic underlayments do not involve any protective measures against water and humidity. Unless you are placing your planks or tiles on an even OSB surface in an area with little moisture, we recommend investing in a better option.
Built-In Vapor Barriers
Those looking for longevity with their laminate floors will always be better off investing in a 2-in-1 underlayment. This style provides cushioning and support, as well as built-in moisture protection. If you’re installing over concrete subfloors or working in areas with water concerns, a vapor barrier can help greatly in keeping everything dry and safe. Laminate floors over concrete are always a challenge, as the damp nature of the basement often makes floors feel even colder. You can expect to spend a modest amount to gain peace of mind with a 2-in-1 floor underlayment.
The 3-in-1 option is commonly referred to as the premium in the flooring world. Basically, you receive the comfort, support, protection, and moisture control from the previous products, as well as the benefit of acoustical control. Sound-reducing underlayments block acoustic transmissions, making for quieter foot traffic and overall acoustics. While the price normally associated with this top-notch product may not seem worth it, remember that sound transmission in high-population areas can be life-saving. Apartment complexes, schools, office buildings, and other structures can all benefit from acoustical floor underlayments, as the sounds from footsteps and dropped items are drastically reduced,
The Eco Cork Advantage
Your laminate underlayment should provide the best results to make the most of your new floors. While some choices specialize in acoustic benefits or moisture protection, ECF is here to provide the best in every category. Our blended cork flooring underlayment has been tested by industry standards, and the results can prove very beneficial for your project:
Support – ECF is 3.22mm thick, providing superior structural integrity to your new flooring system. Our underlayment is designed to provide protection at all levels.
Comfort – Our laminate underlayment is designed to provide amazing comfort in addition to rigid protection and support. With a quality thermal insulation rating and resilient foam structure, ECF can help you relax.
Vapor control – Our moisture barrier underlayment provides the best moisture protection in the industry. Each roll comes with the industry’s only barrier that is resistant to both vapor and moisture. ECF meets the IBC’s permeability codes, rated to provide the highest level of protection.
Acoustic perfection – It’s hard to argue with math and science, and our floor underlayment is tested to ensure that you receive superior sound control with your new laminate. According to ASTM standards, our product excels in impact insulation and sound transmission, as well as the Delta IIC method for testing impact insulation.
If you’re looking for a quality underlayment for your laminate floors, it’s important to make the best choice to ensure a beneficial outcome. Eco Cork Foam was designed to be the best, period. Our cork foam blend is structured to provide the best protection on all fronts. Contact us today to learn more or buy a roll to see the results yourself!