Most underlays will act as sound barriers to an extent simply by being an additional layer of material. Both the sub-floor and top flooring need to be considered when choosing underlay for noise reduction:
Underlay is the hidden genius behind comfortable, insulated, sound-proofed floors. It’s not just for carpet and it isn’t a “nice-to-have” – any kind of underlay will increase the durability of your flooring, and there are underlays available to suit all budgets.
One major benefit of underlay is its noise-reducing properties. As an extra layer between the sub-floor and visible flooring, underlays absorb sound to minimise the echoing footsteps that has every downstairs neighbour grinding their teeth.
Whether you’re in a flat or a house, keeping noise levels down is never a bad thing – and can help to increase the value and marketability of a property if you’re looking to sell up.
Underlay helps to:
Different types of underlay have been specially developed for different types of flooring – for example, thinner underlays with non-slip properties have been created specifically for vinyl tile flooring. Our underlays come with tog markings to indicate insulation levels and are clearly marked with the type of flooring they’ve been designed for.
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Browse the different types of underlay for an initial understanding of what you might need. If you’re still a little confused, don’t worry – our flooring experts are on hand to help at any of our in-store Underlay Testing Stations. Get advice, get samples and try before you buy to make sure you’re getting exactly what you need.
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Luxury vinyl tile underlay is crafted specifically for using with vinyl flooring