Bamboo Floating Floor – Underlay
The floating floor method is a wood floor installation process that enables you to install hard wood and bamboo flooring in a convenient, fast and cost efficient way. Installing a bamboo floating floor can actually prove to be quite an easy job and with the appropriate step by step guidelines even somebody new can soon get to grips with the task. Therefore, the proper knowledge and correct choice of an appropriate underlay will have a lot to say in the success of the finished floor.
First of all, we should make clear that not all bamboo flooring products can be floated. However, the general idea of this installation method is that the flooring material is installed over various types of underlay that will provide a cushioned feel and some degree of sound insulation – important if yo live in a flat. Considering that there are a dozen of underlay products, here are a small selection that are most widely used in installing floating floors.
The first commonly used underlay is your basic foam underlay. It is a synthetic product called open-celled polyethylene foam. Most of these underlays are thin and will compress easily. Common names include two in one or three in one underlay but check with your local flooring supplier if you need more information. The three in one underlay will provide a plastic film moisture barrier on one side for your bamboo floating floor as well as a foam cushioning on the other.
However thet above underlay or any other with plastic film or sheathing should not be used when installing wooden subfloors,. This is because it can trap moisture and lead to mold growing given the right conditions. In such cases, its best to opt for a more porous product that will produce a cushion for your bamboo floor without interfering with the aeration of the whole installation.
Another type of bamboo floating floor underlay is the kind that serves to mute the sound created by anyone walking on it or anything being dragged over it. This will ensure a firm floor feel and also provide some sound control to the rooms below the installed area.
Quiet walk underlay is one such product. It is a fabric that is eco-friendly since it is made of recycled fabric. Apart from insulating other people from noise, it also offers insulation helping to keep floors warmer in the winter months and cooler during summer. This makes it ideal for house floors that are frequently used in shoes or which has movable furniture on.
Other underlays in the market include; floor muffler, cork and proflex. All these products may differ from one specification to another but the quality remains the same across the range and they all offer excellent sound proofing.
Apart from your basic underlay, all other bamboo floating floor underlay products provide a good solution for anyone needing a bit of extra warmth and sound insulation. One final note: some manufacturers claim that their products can correct uneven floors and make your bamboo flooring level, but treat this with a pinch of salt. It is highly advised that the floor be in a good condition before the installation begins, and dont rely on your underlay to sort out obvious problems. If in doubt, consult a local flooring supplier.