No, it is not recommended to install a thick or double layer of underlayment with laminate flooring.
Underlayment is manufactured and meant to be used as only a single layer to allow your floor to be balanced and float properly. If you install any additional underlayment, the base for your flooring will end up being too soft and could jeopardize the integrity of the locking system.
What you can do is install a premium underlayment that gives you exactly what you need. The reason why we get asked this questions is because people are worried about having proper sound reduction or enough cushion for accidental falls.
If these sound like your concerns, here are some options:
This 3mm three-in-one underlayment is one of the most premium underlayment options. With sound reducing properties, a thick core to improve minor subfloor imperfections and airflow technology, this underlayment will not disappoint. The airflow technology within the underlayment gives your floor the proper exposure to air and to keep it mold and mildew free.
Floor Muffler is known to be one of the best sound reducing underlayment options on the market. It has been selected by award winning researchers as “The World’s Greatest” underlayment and is popular among Bestlaminate customers. In addition, the polypropylene advanced cell technology protects the structural stability of your floor. This underlayment is also moisture proof, so you can install it over cement subfloors and not have to worry about mold or mildew!
ProVent Silent Vapor 3-in-1 Underlayment
Let your floor breathe! This multifunctional underlayment from Kronoswiss provides heavy duty sound insulation underlayment. Optimized through extensive test series and laboratory tests to provide high-level, lasting impact sound insulation. Kronoswiss ProVent not only effectively minimizes the noise level when walked on, but also the sound level transmitted through the floor into adjacent rooms. Rated STC67 and IIC 71 provides great noise insulation; perfect choice especially in condos and other multi-floor constructions. Unique Micro-pumping System supports air circulation. ProVent underlay is shaped to allow the formation of a system of air channels which ensures a constant exchange of air when walked on and also eliminates water vapor from the floor.
There are plenty of premium, high performance underlayments available at Bestlaminate. If you have any questions as to which underlayment will suit your needs, you can write in the comments below or give us a call at 1-800-520-0961!
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*This post was updated from 2014 to give you a better reading experience!