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The significance of underlay using Click LVT
Introduction: The Significance of Underlay for Click Laminate Flooring
Click Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) have been extremely popular in recent years, thanks to their durability, affordability, and aesthetic appeal. As home and business owners adopt this durable flooring alternative, a recurrent concern has arisen: Do you need an underlay with Click LVT? In this post, we’ll look at why underlay is important when installing luxury vinyl tiles.
Here are five reasons to install Underlay with Click LVT.
1. Subfloor imperfections: The underlay acts as a barrier between the LVT and the subfloor, resulting in a smooth and level surface. Subfloor defects, such as bumps, fissures, or unevenness, might affect the LVT’s integrity, resulting in cracking or movement over time. The underlay provides a strong foundation, preventing this from happening and extending the life of your luxury vinyl tiles.
2. Soundproofing: LVT can lessen sound transmission when compared to standard hard flooring alternatives. However, including an underlay improves the acoustic properties even more. This is especially important if you live or work in a multiple-story building. Underlay works as a sound barrier, absorbing impact sounds and reducing echoes, resulting in a more peaceful and comfortable living and working environment.
3. Comfort: LVT is more comfortable underfoot than, say, stone tiles. However, the underlay provides an additional layer of cushioning and insulation, making your floor feel softer underfoot. This added comfort underfoot is especially useful in locations where people spend a lot of time standing, such as kitchens or offices.
4. Moisture protection: Because of their PVC core, LVTs are moisture-resistant. However, the underlay adds an extra layer of protection against wetness from the subfloor. Moisture can cause mold and mildew growth, jeopardizing the structural integrity of the flooring. Underlay with moisture-resistant qualities serves as a precaution, extending the life of your LVT and preventing warping and buckling. This is critical in areas prone to moisture, such as kitchens and bathrooms.
5. Thermal properties: The underlay acts as a thermal barrier, helping to regulate temperature. Installing a thermally efficient underlay can add an extra layer of insulation, making your LVT feel warmer underfoot. This is especially important in colder climates like the United Kingdom. This is especially important in rooms with frequent temperature variations, such as restrooms and kitchens, since it helps to maintain a more stable and comfortable indoor atmosphere. Furthermore, the underlay reduces cold transfer from the subfloor, increasing the overall warmth of any room.
Could I do without an underlay?
While it is not recommended, there are a few situations where you could avoid using click LVTs as an underlay to save money:
1. LVT with built-in underlay: If your LVT currently includes a built-in underlay, you will not need to purchase and place additional underlay.
2. Thicker LVT (5 mm or higher): Thicker LVT already provides adequate comfort and stability, making an underlay unnecessary.
3. Perfect subfloor: If your subfloor is completely level, dry, and devoid of flaws, an underlay may not be required for functionality. However, if you ignore the underlay, you will not benefit from the acoustic or thermal features that it provides, so keep that in mind.
What Factors to Consider When Choosing an Underlay?
At Royal Infinity Furniture LLC, we propose using underlay with your Click premium vinyl tiles to improve the floor’s quality and extend its life. When deciding on which underlay to employ, consider the following options:
• Materials: Cork, foam, and recycled rubber are popular choices, with each providing distinct advantages in terms of comfort, soundproofing, and moisture resistance.
• Thickness: When choosing an underlay thickness, keep your Click LVT thickness in mind, as well as the level of comfort and soundproofing you want.
• Moisture barrier: If moisture is a concern in kitchens and bathrooms, choose an underlay with a built-in moisture barrier.
Conclusion
In conclusion, while luxury vinyl tiles provide various benefits on their own, the addition of an underlay enhances these qualities, such as sound absorption, increased comfort underfoot, moisture protection, and temperature regulation. At Royal Infinity Furniture LLC, we think that investing in high-quality underlay guarantees that your Click LVT flooring looks great and works well for years to come. If you are unsure, consult your LVT installation instructions or a professional floor fitter to determine whether you require an underlay with your luxury vinyl click flooring.

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