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What's the Best Underlayment for Vinyl Flooring? | Oaktree Carpets & Flooring

Vinyl flooring is becoming a more popular choice by the day, it seems. More people are choosing this material for its lightweight and customizable look and its relative affordability compared to other options available at Calgary flooring stores. Still, one part of vinyl plank flooring that is less discussed is the underlayment.

Underlayments are just what they sound like; namely, they lay under the flooring and provide padding and support for the vinyl plank flooring. The underlayment you choose can make a big difference in the final product, so it is good to understand what qualities make a good underlayment. Consider the following.

Good Features of Quality Underlayments for Vinyl Plank Flooring in Calgary

Insulative (Temperature)

An underlayment should function as a form of insulation for your home. This helps reduce energy consumption and improve the comfort of your home.

Insulative (Sound)

A good underlayment available at flooring stores in Calgary will also be good at providing sound insulation. Creaky floorboards are a thing of the past with a thick and cushiony underlayment.


Underlayments should be durable and not prone to tearing or impressions.


While most underlayments come in rolls, you still want a certain amount of rigidity in the material. Otherwise, it will be prone to rolling away from walls and edges.


The best underlayments are antimicrobial to ensure mould and mildew resistance.

Recyclable/ Organic Material

Cork and recycled fibre products are becoming increasingly common in the underlayment market, and these environmentally-friendly materials make a great substitute for traditional options.

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For great selection, amazing prices and unbeatable quality, choose Oaktree Carpets & Flooring. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff look forward to answering any questions you may have.


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