When it comes to installing floors, there are a variety of options to choose from. The most common choice is a thin foam pad material made of polyethylene or polypropylene, which unfolds in sheets. However, if the subfloor is not flat or smooth, a self-leveling subfloor may be a better option. This concrete product mixes very finely and is easily poured, providing a better surface for the upper floor.
Felt is another popular base material for laminate flooring. It is heavier and easier to work with, and its rubber-like qualities make it self-sealing around fasteners such as staples and nails. Most flooring materials require an undercoat to cover subfloor imperfections, reduce noise, and provide other benefits specific to each type of floor covering. Whether you're doing it yourself or hiring a professional installer, it's important to carefully consider your subfloor options.
If you have an underfloor heating system, make sure your subfloor will be compatible with it. Additionally, some types of old flooring such as vinyl can serve as a base for other upper floor materials. When looking for the best base for your laminate floor, consider the type of subfloor. The two most common types of subfloors used in homes are concrete and plywood.
If you have an old concrete floor, you can install an underfloor heating system by laying a tube through which hot water circulates on top of the concrete before pouring the self-leveling base layer. It's also important to follow the manufacturer's recommendations on the type of base ideal for each type of pavement. As much as it may be more expensive, it can save you money in the long run by avoiding the need to buy counterweights and hire labor.