Yes. Laminate flooring underlayment is necessary for structural soundness because it provides support, stability, and noise reduction for the click lock system.
Can you put laminate flooring down without underlayment?
Underlayment is attached to some laminate flooring planks. The use of underlayment is mandatory. We recommend that you buy rolls of underlayment to install your laminate floor if it is not already attached to your laminate planks.
What is the best thing to put under laminate flooring?
Laminate floor underlayment options are plentiful, but cork and foam are two of the most popular. The thickness and sound absorption of cork may appeal to you, while foam is an excellent, cost-effective material that serves as a moisture barrier.
Is underlay important with laminate?
Underlay is not required for all subfloors, but it is strongly recommended. The locking system between the planks is supported by the underlay, which ensures a stable floor by distributing the laminate evenly across the subfloor.
What flooring does not require underlayment?
For all other uses, such as covering pre-existing hardwood floors, non-cushioned vinyl flooring, and concrete floors, you’ll want to use one. Underlayment is not required if your vinyl plank flooring already has it installed, but a vapor barrier may be required.
Can I use carpet underlay for laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring cannot be installed on top of carpet underlayment. To save money on a new floor, this approach is not the best. In the long run, installing laminate flooring over carpet underlayment is a bad idea.
Can you use carpet padding under laminate flooring?
Underlayment for laminate flooring typically ranges from 1mm to 3mm in thickness, whereas underlayment for carpet typically ranges from 8mm to 10mm in thickness. There’s a risk of damaging your laminate floors if you use this thick padding.