Is Underlayment Necessary for Laminate Flooring

Is Underlayment Necessary for Laminate Flooring?

For most interior design fanatics, finding the right flooring that requires the least amount of steps is relieving in the process. Homeowners that are used to floorings such as hardwood, tile, or vinyl know that underlayment is not a necessary option above sub-flooring. However, quite the opposite applies to laminate. The way laminate is constructed separates it from other flooring groups. Mainly because they are thin and oftentimes made of fiberboard. Underlayment is a necessary step when installing laminate floors for many reasons. In this blog post, we’ll go into depth as to why that is.


What exactly is underlayment? When can you tell whether it is necessary to install? Underlayment is generally a layer of cushioning usually made of materials such as foam or sponge rubber. Underlayment lies between the sub-flooring and the visible floor. Although many people assume flooring is just one visible layer, there are many layers that make up secure and good quality flooring. Starting from beneath and working its way up, these layers consist of:

  • Joists
  • Sub-Flooring
  • Underlayment
  • Visible Flooring

Benefits and Purpose

It’s a given that laminate does require a layer of underlayment. The question that stands is in what ways will this installation benefit you and your family? First and foremost, some subfloors are not laid perfectly and flat. Installing floors above an uneven surface can lead to imbalance and discomfort underfoot. Other tougher materials such as hardwood or tile can bridge small holes, gaps, and pits in uneven subfloors. However, because laminate is thinner than other flooring types, it will most likely simulate any imperfections beneath it overtime. For this reason, underlayment is a beneficial support system for the material you install above it. Another important quality of underlayment is that it absorbs sound and softens the surface underfoot. Families with young children will be drawn to this quality.

Moisture Protection

Waterproof flooring is always a go. Having to worry about damage due to moisture exposure can be daunting. Moisture-proof underlayment serves as a vapor barrier and prevents any chance of moisture migrating up from the sub-floor. Here’s what you can gain from underlayment options:

  • Softens footfall
  • Sound Absorption
  • Flatter Flooring Installation
  • Blocks Moisture
  • Strengthens Surface

Plan your Project

Go Mobile Flooring will help create your interior design dream. It all starts with a plan of action, whether it is floor renovation or a new kitchen. If you have any questions about the installation of materials, Go Mobile Flooring is happy to assist. With our mobile showroom, customers can take a look at all our selections from hardwood to tile, and even carpet. Contact us today for project planning, installation, and support.