The Essential Guide to Using Underlayment with SMARTCORE Flooring

When it comes to enhancing the aesthetics and functionality of your home, choosing the right flooring is crucial. SMARTCORE flooring, available exclusively at Lowe’s, has become a popular choice for homeowners due to its durability, style, and ease of installation. Whether you’re considering SMARTCORE vinyl flooring, SMARTCORE tile, or SMARTCORE Ultra, one essential aspect to ensure a flawless finish and longevity is the use of appropriate underlayment. Here’s why using underlayment is critical and why MP Global’s QuietWalk LV or QuietBoard are our top recommendations for your SMARTCORE flooring project.

Why Use Underlayment with SMARTCORE Flooring?

Underlayment plays a pivotal role in flooring installations. It acts as a cushion between the subfloor and the flooring, providing numerous benefits that enhance the performance and lifespan of your SMARTCORE flooring. Here are some key reasons why underlayment is indispensable:

  1. Noise Reduction: One of the primary benefits of underlayment is its ability to reduce noise. This is especially important in multi-story homes or apartments where foot traffic can create significant noise. MP Global’s QuietWalk LV and QuietBoard are designed to absorb sound, ensuring a quieter environment.
  2. Moisture Barrier: SMARTCORE vinyl flooring and SMARTCORE Ultra are known for their water resistance. However, using an underlayment with moisture barrier properties provides an extra layer of protection against moisture seeping up from the subfloor, which can prevent mold and mildew growth.
  3. Comfort and Insulation: Underlayment adds a layer of cushioning that makes the floor more comfortable to walk on. It also provides thermal insulation, helping to keep your floors warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
  4. Subfloor Imperfection Coverage: No subfloor is perfectly smooth. Underlayment helps to even out minor imperfections, providing a more stable and consistent surface for your SMARTCORE tile or vinyl flooring.

Choosing the Right Underlayment:

MP Global recommends two specific underlayments for SMARTCORE flooring: QuietWalk LV and QuietBoard. Here’s a closer look at each:

  1. QuietWalk LV:
    • Sound Absorption: QuietWalk LV is specifically designed to provide superior sound reduction, making it an excellent choice for SMARTCORE vinyl flooring in multi-level homes.
    • Moisture Protection: It features a built-in moisture barrier that protects your flooring from potential moisture issues, ensuring longevity and durability.
    • Ease of Installation: QuietWalk LV is easy to install, making it a convenient option for both DIY enthusiasts and professional installers.
  2. QuietBoard:
    • Versatility: QuietBoard is suitable for a variety of flooring types, including SMARTCORE tile and SMARTCORE Ultra. Its versatility makes it a go-to choice for different areas of your home.
    • Structural Support: This underlayment provides additional structural support, which is particularly beneficial for high-traffic areas.
    • Thermal Insulation: QuietBoard offers excellent thermal insulation, contributing to the overall energy efficiency of your home.

Installation Tips for SMARTCORE Flooring with Underlayment

When installing SMARTCORE flooring, whether it’s SMARTCORE vinyl flooring, SMARTCORE tile, or SMARTCORE Ultra, following the correct installation steps is crucial for optimal results. Here are some tips:

  1. Preparation: Ensure the subfloor is clean, dry, and free of debris. This helps in achieving a smooth installation surface.
  2. Acclimation: Allow the underlayment and SMARTCORE flooring to acclimate to the room temperature for at least 48 hours before installation.
  3. Layout: Lay the underlayment according to the manufacturer’s instructions, ensuring that seams are tight and edges are secured. For QuietWalk LV, overlap the moisture barrier edges for maximum protection.
  4. Installation: Begin installing the SMARTCORE flooring over the underlayment, following the specific guidelines for your chosen product.

Using underlayment with SMARTCORE flooring is a wise decision that enhances comfort, reduces noise, and provides additional moisture protection. MP Global’s QuietWalk LV and QuietBoard are excellent choices recommended for their superior performance and compatibility with SMARTCORE products. By following the right installation procedures, you can enjoy beautiful, durable, and comfortable floors that stand the test of time.

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