We have three types of underlayment available.
Polyfoam- 2-in-one – this is a thin (1/16") polyfoam with a vapor barrier attached. Basically, it provides the vapor (moisture) barrier with a modicum amount of padding.
Polyvinyl- a 4 mill sheeting that is placed as a vapor (moisture) barrier between the substrate and the laminate flooring, a basic requirement.
Quiet Walk® underlayment is the hallmark product of MP Global Products . Although it was originally created specifically for laminate flooring, it now is also used under some nail-down and floating hardwood products.
Our revolutionary "Quiet Walk®" laminate floor underlayment smoothes out little sub floor imperfections while quieting impact sound and floor to ceiling noise. Not only does it dampen ambient sound in the room it’s installed in, but it also inhibits sound from traveling into the room below. Although it is promoted as an upgrade underlayment taking the place of poly foam, it doesn’t carry a heavy upgrade price when compared to cork or rubber. On the other hand, in recent head-to-head Sound Transmission Loss tests, Quiet Walk® outperformed both cork and rubber in the majority of test band frequencies. Certified field sound tests were performed on an installation over a standard concrete sub floor, and received an FIIC score of "60".
In addition to it’s sound deadening benefits, the absorbing action of the synthetic fibers together with the attached vapor barrier provides superior moisture protection that is backed by a Limited Lifetime warranty. Another benefit is the increase in R-value to help keep floors warm in the winter, and cool in the summer.
Quiet Walk® is available in 100 square foot do-it-yourself size rolls.
To understand Quiet Walk®s excellent moisture absorption capability view this video MOISTURE ABSORPTION VIDEO
QuietWarmth® is a new and exciting product from the manufacturers of QuietWalk® underlayment. We’ve taken our acoustical and insulating technology and combined them with ThermoSoft FiberThermics® heating elements to create a radiant heat system ideally suited for floating wood, laminate floors and our SnapStone® tiles. QuietWarmth® not only deadens impact sound from your hard surface flooring, but it also makes the surface toasty warm, and assists with heating your room.
Electric floor heating is more efficient than electric baseboard heat, and can save homeowners 30 to 50% on their energy bill. QuietWarmth® is a supplemental heating system that is certified safe for combustible wood and laminate floors, as well as ceramic tile installations by Electrical Testing Laboratories (ETL approved). Our heating elements are non-metallic, and have an inherent safety feature that automatically shuts down the circuit if needed.
When used with a floating floor, there is no easier or cost-effective radiant heat system for the do-it-yourself handyman to install. QuietWarmth® replaces typical floating floor underlayments, making the total overall thickness from subfloor to floor surface only around 3/8”. Plus there’s no need to bury the system in mortar or concrete. However, QuietWarmth® can also be adhered to the floor if necessary for glue-down wood, or traditional ceramic tile floors.
To view the QUIET WARMTH VIDEO
For glued-down hardwood or engineered wood floors simply glue Insulayment to a structurally solid concrete or wood sub-floor, and then adhere the planks directly to it. For ceramic tile use latex modified thin set mortar both below and above the Insulayment. The sub-floor and installation materials must be in accordance with industry standards as outlined by the National Wood Flooring Association for wood floor applications, the Tile Council of America for ceramic and porcelain tile and natural stone applications.
The randomly air-laid filaments create a capillary affect to cushion the floor and absorb impact sound. The 1/8” thickness helps smooth out little subfloor imperfections.
When used with ceramic, the elasticity of Insulayment resists the transferring of concrete subfloor cracks through to the tile or grout above. It also provides excellent bond strength with adhesives and thin set mortars.
The insulating value of Insulayment helps keep floors warm in the winter, and cool in the summer.
Our high-temperature manufacturing process kills bacteria and fungus, while and antimicrobial additive inhibits mold growth.
Insulayment can eliminate some of the time-consuming and potentially hazardous “tear out” of old flooring associated with remodeling. As long as the existing floor covering is still adhered tightly to a level, even and structurally solid subfloor, and is free from excessive wax, grease or sealants, Insulayment can be glued directly to old vinyl composition tile (VCT) or non-cushioned sheet vinyl. Thus eliminating the potential problem of exposing harmful asbestos elements.
Insulayment was designed as an isolation barrier to dampen impact noise going from an upper living area to a lower living area. Glued-down or nailed-down wood floors are approved floor covering materials for Insulayment. Using Insulayment in wood floor applications will also help to:
· Decrease airborne sound traveling from an upper to a lower living area.
· Improve walking comfort by dispersing the impact energy of each footfall to lessen the strain on knee and hip joints.
· Smooth out minor imperfections in the sub-floor surface.
·Improve the thermal insulation characteristics of the flooring assembly.
·Disperse and “stabilize” normal or seasonal fluctuations in relative humidity that may affect moisture content in the floor covering material and the sub-floor.
In order for any isolation barrier to function correctly, a certain amount of compressibility is required. A completely solid underlayment layer, one that allows no compression, is not an isolation barrier. The unique combination of fiber materials in Insulayment, along with our patented manufacturing process, results in an isolation barrier with the density and compression resistance needed to achieve the benefits mentioned above, while offering optimal support of the floor covering materials.
Although Insulayment has a density and compression resistance higher than most isolation barriers, a certain amount of deflection is to be expected when installed in glued-down or nailed down wood floors. That deflection may cause a minimal amount of friction “floor noise”, especially in nailed-down wood applications. The normal noise factor will vary, from one installation to the next, depending on sub-floor type, sub-floor deflection, species and type of flooring material, fasteners used, relative humidity and the amount of topside pressure applied to the flooring material. For these reasons, “Floor Noise” is not considered a defect.