Floor Underlayment Rubber, Cork and Sound
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Floor Underlayment for Tiles and Sound Absorption
Flooring underlayment is an essential element to any construction and flooring project. Underlayment is available in cork, rubber, and rubber-cork combined options. This type of flooring is offered from 1.2 to 13 mm for all flooring types in commercial installations. Volume and contractor discounts apply.
There are many benefits of using floor underlayment:
- Reduce sound vibrations and sound movement between floors of residential and commercial buildings
- Provide cushion to the repetitive motions on hard athletic surfaces, or cushion flooring laid on top of a concrete subfloor
- Help to even out minor subfloor imperfections for a more stable floor
- Keep flooring warmer by preventing cold from traveling from the subfloor to the floor
- Help to prevent moisture from permeating the floor (when you purchase underlayment with a vapor barrier)
In short, rubber flooring underlayment improves the finished product of your flooring project.
Greatmats offers a complete line of rubber and cork underlayment in many thicknesses from 1.2 to 13 mm for all flooring types on top of many different substrate surfaces, including concrete and wood with steel or wood construction. All rubber and cork sound underlayment material that we offer is sound tested with results acceptable to national standards.
We've highlighted a few of our most popular options to help you get started.
The most common type of underlayment used is rubber underlayment. Versatile and offering excellent sound dampening properties, rubber can be installed in areas where moisture may be an issue. Rubber is mold and mildew resistant, making it a great choice for many applications.
Rubber underlayment can be loose laid or installed with glue, staples, or tape.
Rubber floor underlayment offers the following benefits:
- Mold and mildew resistant - rubber can be used in environments where moisture is an issue
- Sound dampening for a quieter environment
- Permanently resilient - rubber will not get brittle with time
- Environmentally friendly - many options are made of recycled rubber, and can be recycled again in the future
Rubber floor underlayment is most often paired with the following flooring types:
- Ceramic tile
- Laminate flooring
- Engineered wood
We offer rubber floor underlayment in a variety of thicknesses and designs to suit your project.
The Rubber Floor Underlayment 4mm 4x50-foot Roll is an excellent choice for athletic flooring. This underlayment provides cushion from hard surfaces, like concrete, and does not break down or compact over time. You can dry lay this underlayment for a simple installation.
Our SilentTread Rubber Sound Underlayment 1/2-Inch x 25 Foot Roll offers excellent sound reduction properties. This product has three times the sound dampening weight of competitors' products, and is suitable for both commercial and residential flooring. This underlayment is made from recycled tires, and can help toward LEED Green Building Council Certification. The underlayment is mold and mildew resistant, and will not be crushed or degraded.
If you're working in an area where moisture may be an issue, then consider the SilentTread XL with Vapor Barrier Rubber Underlayment. This product offers the same exceptional noise reduction as other SilentTread rubber underlayments, but it also includes a vapor barrier. This rubber subfloor has a laminated polypropylene film that prevents flooring damage due to vapor transmission through a concrete subfloor. It's an excellent way to help protect the flooring that you are investing in.
Cork underlayment is a popular choice for both commercial and residential buildings where dampening sound is a priority. Cork provides a number of benefits. It dramatically dampens sound for a more pleasant environment. Cork also has a ''spring back'' property that allows the cork to return to its original shape, even after being compressed. Additionally, cork is filled with air, making it a great thermal insulator.
Cork underlayment offers the following benefits:
- Excellent sound reduction, both in-room and below-room
- Thermal insulation properties keep flooring warm underfoot
- Durable material won't compress over time
- Mildew, mold, and moisture resistant for a healthier living environment
- Environmentally renewable resource
Cork is most often paired with the following flooring types:
- Ceramic tile
- Vinyl tile
- Rubber tile
- Laminate flooring
- Hardwood flooring
Our cork underlayments are available in sheets for easy handling and simplified installation.
Consider our 3mm Cork Underlayment Roll for use when the floor ceiling assembly system is ceramic, natural stone or wood with a suspended ceiling.
The AcoustiCork PR60 4-6mm Wave Textured PR60 offers top-quality high performance sound control. This underlayment is suitable for engineered wood or laminate flooring in multi-family applications, and the unique wave texture minimizes direct comfort with the subfloor. This innovative design results in a 25-point improvement in impact noise transmission. This is the highest documented performance for an underlayment less than 1/4 inch thick x 4 feet wide.
For a thicker underlayment, consider our 12mm Cork Underlayment, available in a 2x3 foot sheet for easy handling and installation.
Rubber Cork Underlayment
Rubber cork underlayment combines the properties of both rubber and cork underlayment. This underlayment is most frequently favored due to its crack suppression properties; it can help to prevent cracks in your flooring tile as a building settles over time. It also offers excellent thermal insulation, making for a more comfortable floor.
Rubber cork underlayment offers the following benefits:
- Aids in crack suppression as buildings settle over time
- Thermal insulation properties keep flooring warm underfoot
- Sound dampening properties make for a quieter environment
- Expands and contracts with your flooring
- Mold and mildew resistant for a healthier environment
Rubber cork underlayment is most often paired with the following flooring types:
- Ceramic tile
- Hardwood floors
- Laminate floors
Please note that rubber cork underlayment should not be installed under linoleum due to the potential of staining the tile.
If you're looking for a top-quality rubber cork underlayment, then consider the AcoustiCork RC1000 10mm 15-Foot Roll. This underlayment combines renewable cork and recycled rubber, making an underlayment that provides the ultimate in sound control. The underlayment can be used with virtually any hard surface flooring. This roll is also available in a 5mm thickness to meet or exceed building code and/or developer or condominium association requirements.
Dance Floor Underlayment
Greatmats also offers a variety of dance floor underlayment options specifically designed to provide the cushion and suspension needed in dance floors.
The Rosco Sprung Dance SubFloor is a panelized single layer sprung floor system. This versatile system is flexible enough to absorb the energy from a dancer's impact but provides the right amount of resistance for dance movements ranging from ballet to tap and including folk, modern, flamenco, and Irish dancing.
If you're looking for a portable option, then consider the Sprung Dance SubFloor Full Panel by Rosco. This panel absorbs the energy of a dance while providing the right amount of resistance needed for a great performance. The panels spoon together for a tight connection without hard spots, but can also be removed and repositioned for changes in venue.
Choosing Your Underlayment Product
Greatmats offers a variety of quality underlayments suitable for the home project to the commercial application. As you explore your options, please don't hesitate to give us a call. Our Flooring Experts would be happy to help you choose the product that is just right for your project and needs. They can also provide you with product samples and can give you detailed information on shipping.
Commitment to Customers
At Greatmats, we want you to be happy with your product and with your shopping experience. That's why we offer a price match guarantee, and we operate our business with the Golden Rule model - treat others as you want others to treat you. Because we ensure that our customers are satisfied with every order, we have earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can buy from us with confidence, knowing that your satisfaction is our priority.
You can feel good about buying from Greatmats. We give back to the community by donating 5 percent of our annual profits to local non-profit organizations.
Do you have questions about these products? Would you like a quote or a sample of one of these flooring options? Please contact our customer service team at 877-822-6622. We would be delighted to help you choose the right flooring for your project.