Should You Buy Flooring with a Pre-Attached Pad?

When out shopping for flooring, at first glance the floors with the pre-attached underlayment seem to be the way to go. After all, the benefits of flooring are all still there – affordable, durable, and easy to install just without the added step of having to lay down underlayment padding on a subfloor. The attached pads are supposed to make your life easier but in fact they’re an added expense that eliminates the benefits of applying an underlayment below.

Here Are The Reason You Shouldn’t Get Flooring With A Pre Attached Underlay Pad

The three main reasons to lay an underlayment in the first place:

  • Noise Reduction – Floors snap together using a tongue and groove click lock system that floats over subfloors. The benefits of floating floors are far-reaching but unfortunately one of the drawbacks is noise. As you walk across a floating floor it squeaks and clacks and can sound hollow underneath. A good underlayment creates sound absorption that helps minimize the noise that can occur from a floating floor system.
  • Helps Hide Subfloor Imperfections – A floating floor helps to hide imperfections in a subfloor with dips and raises.  More so when a premium underlayment is installed.
  • Moisture Protection – One of the many reasons to go with a premium underlayment is to protect your floor from moisture. Changes in the weather and humidity can cause your floor to expand and contract. An underlayment helps to create a moisture barrier between subfloor moisture and the flooring, specifically when installed on a concrete slab.

Why the Attached Pad is Bad

None of the floors we sell come with the attached padding underneath. The main reason is because the supposed selling point – ease of installation – removes too many benefits to make the attached pad justified. Underlayment rolls are anywhere between 3′ and 5′ wide so a lot of ground can be covered with each swipe. The pad is rolled out and attached to the previous row with adhesive tape to create a consistent barrier. The underlay padding is easy to cut around corners and vents, yet durable enough so it won’t rip while the flooring is installed.

Floors with pre attached underlay leaves you with insulation gaps between each board because they don’t overlap the tongue and groove. On top of that they don’t offer any moisture barrier because of the gaps and they’re essentially a part of the plank. In essence, attached pads cost you more in terms of heat loss and also moisture absorption which sinks into the flooring and causes it to age earlier.

If you are installing a stair case flooring with pre attached underlay doesn’t allow for proper installation either because you have to remove the padding and the adhesive in order to properly glue your floor to the stair case sub floor.

Get a Good Pad

Spending extra on a quality underlayment will more than recoup itself in terms of saving you money on your utility bills but also with the lifespan of your laminate or Luxury Vinyl floor. Properties of a top notch underlayment that should be sought after include:

  • High sound rating – creates a sufficient noise barrier to eliminate creaking.
  • Vapor barrier – wicks away any moisture that may emanate from below.
  • Anti-microbial – small amounts of moisture that sneak through won’t create havoc in mold and mildew formation.
  • Adequate thickness – for added insulation.
  • Versatile – can be installed on either concrete or wood substrates.
  • Self adhesive – attaches to the previous row easier.

With a quality underlayment that provides insulation as well as sound and moisture barrier, there really is no reason to go with a laminate or Luxury Vinyl floor with pre attached underlay . In essence, saving time on installation with an attached pad will only lead you to doing the process again earlier because of a lower floor life span – thus eliminating any benefit anyway.

Floors with pre attached underlay leaves you with insulation gaps between each board because they don’t overlap the tongue and groove. On top of that they don’t offer any moisture barrier because of the gaps and they’re essentially a part of the plank. In essence, attached pads cost you more in terms of heat loss and also moisture absorption which sinks into the flooring and causes it to age earlier.

If you are installing a stair case flooring with pre attached underlay doesn’t allow for proper installation either because you have to remove the padding and the adhesive in order to properly glue your floor to the stair case sub floor.

German Flooring

Licence # : 965540
Licence Class : B
Workers Comp
Insurance: Obtainable upon request

German Flooring

Licence # : 965540
Licence Class : B
Workers Comp
Insurance: Obtainable upon request