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Installation work of your hardwood floor is simple and straight forward with the correct base underlay and tools. Wood flooring underlay can help you get the best out of the wide range of wood flooring types, including engineered flooring and laminate wood flooring.

We bring you a helpful introduction to choosing the right flooring and underlay to suit you!

Depending on the type of installation/laying you require your home, there is a wide range of types of underlay available. A benefit and need for underlay is that it protects and insulates your hardwood floor from temperature change and humidity which is naturally created. Contact between the screed and the hardwood becomes reduced by the underlay.

One of the important reasons to install a quality underlay underneath your hardwood at the ground and lower levels is to provide a moisture barrier to perfect the floor from warping. Warping of the floor is where there is a bend or twist created in the boards, resulting in it being out of shape. This occurs with the effects of heat or damp. Also acting as a thermal insulator, you wouldn’t want to miss out on these benefits?

Houses and commercial buildings can build up moisture damage due will occur as wood is naturally absorbent to moisture so soaks into the hardwood from underneath, rotting of the floor can occur. Checking your moisture level is important before installing the hardwood for this reason.

To ensure a Level install of the hardwood flooring the correct underlay will provide the appropriate allowance when the sub-floor is uneven.

When installing a hardwood floor over underfloor it is important to remember that a foiled-backed underlay would restrict the heating performance whereas a trans-absorbent underlay will allow the underfloor heating to perform well.

Environmental Benefits of Underlay


With the environment slowly deteriorating, we try our best to benefit the environment to make changes. We have rubber underlay made from recycled tyres, a huge impact on pollution levels and reduces waste products. On top of this, Reclaimed Oak hardwood is a great environmentally friendly product to install on top of the underlay required for you. With it being reclaimed, the wastage of the product is minimal.


Types of Underlay for Wood Flooring:


Foam Underlay comes in a variety of thicknesses, colours and types yet are very lightweight in the material. It is a suitable choice for most styles of hardwood floor, one of the most common options are underlays with a built-in moisture barrier.


Rubber Underlay is more of a premium and suggests real rubber as opposed to latex equivalents, the rubber will perform better reducing the sone levels (echo/noise) and performs to a much higher level with a built-in foil moisture barrier to defect coldness and moisture. 

Underfloor Heating Underlay is, as you can imagine, best suited for heat transfer into your home. Choosing the incorrect underlay can result in reducing its effectiveness but the same results can be achieved using a basic foam underlay at less of a premium


Adhesive underlays are simple and quick to install due to its removable film layer but more suited towards solid hardwoods, rather than engineered and known as a DIY underlay for small areas of less than 10m2.

We offer a range of underlay types to best suit your flooring, covering all types of installation from leading manufacturers. 

Take a look at our full range of Underlay’s where you can browse for more information on each product click here 

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Last update: Jul 05, 2019

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