How to Choose the Right Underlayment for Your Hardwood Flooring

May 5, 2023

If you’re installing hardwood flooring, you’ve probably done a lot of research and planning to ensure that the installation goes smoothly. You’ve considered everything from moisture levels to back-splash materials, but have you thought about what’s below your wood planks? If not, then prepare yourself for some very bad news: unless the subfloor is in good shape or gets replaced before installation (which can be quite expensive), your new floors will likely warp and bow over time due to uneven surfaces beneath them. This is why it’s important to choose the right underlayment for your project!

Ask Your Contractor To Provide You with a List of Options

The best way to make sure you’ve chosen the right underlayment is to ask your contractor for a list of options. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and don’t settle for just the first option they give you. A good contractor will give you all your options so that they can help guide you in making the best decision based on your needs and budget.

If they don’t have time to give an in-depth explanation of why one product would work better than another, then it might be time for a second opinion–or even a third or fourth opinion!

What Is Underlayment?

Underlayment is the layer of material that is placed between the subfloor and your hardwood flooring. Its purpose is to provide soundproofing, cushioning and support for your wood floors. Underlayment can be made from a variety of materials, including fibreglass, cork and rubber. Each type of underlayment has its own benefits for your space, as well as drawbacks that may not work with your decor or lifestyle.

Is One Type of Underlayment Better Than the Others?

The answer is no. The type of underlayment you choose depends on the type of flooring you are installing, as well as its location and other factors. For example, if you’re installing hardwood flooring in an area with high humidity or moisture levels (like a basement), it would be best to use an engineered wood underlayment rather than a foam one because it has better moisture resistance properties that help prevent mould growth underneath your new hardwood floors.

Does the Thickness Matter?

The thickness of your underlayment is important, but it’s not the only factor. You want to look for an underlayment that will provide the right amount of support for your flooring. If you have hardwood floors and want to install them in a room with high moisture content (like a bathroom, for example), an extra thick underlayment will help prevent warping and other damage from moisture penetration.


The right underlayment can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your hardwood floor. If you’re unsure about which type of underlayment is best for you, ask your contractor or installer for advice. They’ll be able to give you options based on what kind of subflooring (if any) exists underneath the existing flooring and whether it needs special treatment before installation begins.

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