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Your Guide to Underlayment Vinyl Flooring

While at times it can be quite difficult to determine what sort of flooring that we want to install in our home, thankfully there are methods that we can use to help speed the selection process along.  Taking a look at what is popular right now is not a bad way to start, that is for sure!  What, then, are more and more consumers gravitating towards these days?

One of them is vinyl.  You see, this is both out of the current crazy for nostalgia in general as well as its own versatility and utility.  In terms of varied appearance and customization, you will be hard-pressed to find something as nice as vinyl in those categories.  Learn about that here,, if you are curious.

Just know that there are a few facets to having it installed.  One of those things that you will have to consider is what underlayment that you will use.  Now, if you are not sure what that means, do not worry.  Today, I will be explaining some of the nuances here and what you can expect from the overall process!  Any further questions should probably be directed towards a contractor.

What is Underlayment?

So, let us begin by defining underlayment.  What is it, any why is it so important, anyway?  In one way, we can look at it as what protects the foundational structure of our home from whatever we decide to install on top of it.  Beyond that, though, why else should we invest in it?

It is also a matter of making the vinyl last longer, and part of what gives it the properties that so many of us are drawn to it for.  What are some examples of that?  The resistance to water is a big one, and some of this can be attributed to the way that we layer in the installation process.  

There are other factors at play with underlayment for vinyl floorings, though, including the fact that it is part of what keeps our steps on the surface both comfortable and quiet.  No one wants to feel like they are tap dancing in their own home after all, right?  

As you can see, there is good reason to invest in something like this if you are deciding to go with vinyl flooring.  While it may not seem super important, and it usually is not high up in the marketing for the installation companies, that does not make it insignificant.  In fact, I think we should place a fair amount of priority on it!

What Options Do We Have?

Now your question may be what sort of customization selections that we have for the underlay.  Some vinyl floorings actually come with this layer included in the initial cost, which seems to be what a lot of people are opting for these days.  After all, it does tend to make the whole process easier, since there is less worry of compatibility and extra set up time.

Of course, that will not be something that everyone is interested in, though.  Sometimes it does come with an extra charge, so keep that in mind.  Otherwise, though, most of the selections on the market look relatively the same.  It is the performance that differs, and where you will have to do the bulk of your decision-making.  Articles such as this one can offer some insights into that.  

If you are wondering if it is wholly necessary for your installation, the answer is a resounding yes.  The cushion that is there underneath it is a key part of the longevity of your new flooring, after all.  That means that we should probably not skimp out on the cost here, either, since if we do, we may end up just having to shell out more cash in the future to try to replace everything!

How to Choose

Now that you know that you need it, perhaps you are wondering how on earth you can make your selection from all the different material options and looks that there are?  Well, you can base it on a variety of factors, some of which I will be covering here.  If you think something is missing from it, though, feel free to branch out with your own thoughts as well!

Naturally, the type of vinyl that you are purchasing should play a part in what you decide here.  Certain underlays will be more or less compatible with that type of flooring.  Be sure to ask questions so that you do not end up with a dud!

At the end of the day, though, the biggest thing to consider here is your own personal budget and needs.  This looks different for everyone.  How much foot traffic the floor will get is something, and there is more – so, just think about your own life and what might be applicable.