Selecting the right underlay is crucial when installing your flooring and is a process that many don’t give much thought to or find very confusing. Flooring underlay is a thin cushion-like layer that is placed underneath the flooring and is essential if you’re seeking a quality finish. This is installed for many purposes such as to provide comfort underfoot, thermal insulation or to reduce the amount of noise transmitted through the floor. So the big question is; which type of underlay suits your project the most?
The simple answer is that it depends entirely on the type of project that you are working on. We have recently introduced a new underlay, Trojan IQ, which is of the highest quality when it comes to installing our engineered timber flooring system. As unit and urban living are quickly becoming the norm today, the issue of sound transfer has become more critical. As a result of this, we have sourced the most effective product available for our engineered flooring system. Produced from natural rubber and fibre mix, Trojan IQ exceeds all requirements in a typical slab.
Trojan IQ has numerous advantages as it not only offers excellent acoustical reduction but it’s also a moisture inhibitor. As this product can be used in both residential and commercial environments, this underlay reduces foot traffic noise that could impact lower levels of developments. Trojan IQ is recommended for use over all substrates including concrete, particle board and plywood as well as traditional wooden sub-floors.
Here at Trojan we offer two other types of underlay being Domestic Standard and Silent Walk. Domestic Standard underlay allows slight imperfections of a slab to be rectified and is the most economical out of the three options. It is most appropriate for projects such as low set houses where acoustic sound is not a concern.
However we would always recommend using acoustic underlay simply because of its properties. Silent Walk and Trojan IQ reduces both rebound and telegraph sound produced in standard two story houses and high rise developments. So realistically what is the difference between Silent Walk and Trojan IQ? The easiest way to explain this is that while both exceed industry standards, Trojan IQ offers a superior level of performance.
If you require any more information please do not hesitate to contact our office on (07) 3861 4422. Alternatively you can visit our website to review our collections and also download our brochures!