Timber Floor Underlays
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Timber floor underlaysUnderlay is
required any time you install an engineered timber floor or a laminate
floor. These floor types are installed using a 'floating' method as
they are not actually attached to the sub-floor, instead the floor
boards are attached together. The underlay gets laid down over the
sub-floor and the laminate or engineered floor is installed on top of
the underlay. The floor boards are attached together either by gluing
the tongue and groove, or by locking the boards together, if it is a
'Uniclic' or 'LOC' up system which does not require a glue.
The function of the underlay is to
absorb some of the minor imperfections in the sub-floor and to slightly
soften the feel when you walk on the floor. The underlay also helps to
reduce reflected foot noise when walking on the floor since the flooring
is not attached to the sub-floor.
When choosing an underlay for your
flooring project, you must use a product that is approved by the
manufacturer of the particular flooring.
Also it is important to check with Strata management, if you live in a unit or apartment, what type of acoustic underlay will be required.
Moisture control and noise levels are
two of the major and recurring issues surrounding floating timber
floors, impacting on their performance across many residential and
Dunlop Acoustic Underlay for timber
floors has gone through extensive testing by the CSIRO to determine the
acoustic performance and compliance with the standard set by the BCA.
Dunlop's timber flooring underlay's all exceed the standard.