Sound can travel through liquids, solids or gases making it one of the
biggest nuisances for every home. Underlay can reduce acoustic noises, underlay
reduces sound from travelling from one place to another. Underlay also
dramatically improves sound and heat insulation, underlay can help cut your
energy bills helping reduce costs and provide comfort to your home, it’s the best
investment you can make long term for your home.
How Can Underlay Reduce Sound and Loud Noises?
There are lots of different materials that can be used for sound
reduction, all with their own list of benefits. Some materials that are
effective are foam and sponge, used as underlay they can reduce sound waves,
you can purchase foam and sponge underlay from us at InsulationBee.co.uk. These
materials will protect your flooring above and do a great job at sound
What is Impact Noise Reduction?
Impact noise is sound when two surfaces collide, and it is exactly what
underlay is designed for. This is generally the sound of footsteps, dropping
items etc. This is much easier to block
out whilst keeping your home comfortable. The foam and sponge material are
excellent at blocking out this kind of noise, which is why it is used within
As with most things, starting with a good foundation will lead to better
results in the long term. Getting the right underlay for your sub-floor will
protect and preserve your new flooring, as well as making sure the groundwork
is flat and smooth before laying the new floor. Most sub-floors will be either
wood or concrete.
Underlay for LVT
LVT is a floating floor which
lays loosely over your subfloor. The laminate panels need to be evenly
distributed and attached in place, so they don’t move or warp. A lot of
subfloors are slightly uneven or bumpy, which can affect the quality of the
installation. Installing an underlay evens out any imperfections in the
subfloor, allowing the laminate to be level and stable. Underlay for LVT
extends the lifespan of the flooring and helps you save in the long run.
For carpeted floors a layer of underlay has many benefits one being how
it prolongs the life of a new carpet. Underlay acts as a shock absorber against
wear and tear and will prevent the carpet from squashing, which can extend the
lifetime of your carpet by half its usual life cycle.
As with carpet underlay, having a layer between the wood and sub-floor
provides thermal and audio insulation. The acoustics of a room are improved
when underlay is used with engineered wood, especially important for rooms in
which you play music or cinema rooms. Underlay doesn’t completely soundproof a room
but rather it reduces impact noises considerably, so is a must for rooms above
the ground floor and those with noisy neighbours.
Underfloor heating systems can be used with underlay, but you need to
select the right type for both the kind of sub-floor and floor that is being
laid. There are different types of underfloor heating which require different
types of underlay. Contact us at Insulationbee.co.uk our friendly and
knowledgeable staff can advise you on which products to use in combination for
the best results.