First Thing’s First: Subfloors
- Made from Concrete
If you were to rip up your floorboards, you’d see a made of either concrete or wood. If concrete, there’d also be a vapor barrier — and, if you’re lucky, an underlayment like Eco Cork Foam. It’s the only underlayment that offers , including sound and moisture control, thickness for strength and more.
- Made from Wood
Wood subfloors are just plywood or OSB (oriented strand board). While they do best with an underlayment, it’s not always included as part of the install process. That’s because not all flooring manufacturers require it — but they should. Ideal features for a wood subfloor underlayment would be sound dampening and comfort. Eco Cork Foam delivers these features and more.
No Underlayment? It Might Be Scary Under There.
You know how your kids think there are monsters under everything? This time, they could be right. We’re talking about mold. Without a waterproof underlayment, moisture can seep into your subfloor and fester. That’s when the mold monsters come out to play. You can avoid them by laying down Eco Cork Foam first. It’s impermeable to moisture throughout. Plus, Eco Cork Foam is the ONLY underlayment with a , making it the most advanced all-in-one underlayment on the market.
Hungry Microbes (aka Bacteria)
Picture this: Colonies of bacteria-carrying microbes feasting on your subfloor. OK, so you can’t technically see these guys, but you can see the stains they leave. And don’t get us started on that smell. That’s why it’s important to include a quality underlayment in your flooring install. Eco Cork Foam is infused with antimicrobial protection, which inhibits the growth of odor-causing mold, mildew and bacteria, making it a solid choice. That’s peace of mind for you, your family and your pets.
Maybe you do find an underlayment under there. It could actually be doing more bad than good for you. Some cheaper versions of underlayment contain high levels of VOCs. Yuck. Look for an underlayment you can feel good about: . Made in the USA, it’s the safest and most eco-friendly flooring underlayment. ECF is Green Label Plus-certified, uses no Proposition 65 chemicals and surpasses California’s Section 01350, the most stringent volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions standard in North America. What a breath of fresh air.