Does laminate flooring make the room cold?
Laminate flooring has a bad reputation for being cold. Despite all of its benefits – style, durability, easy maintenance etc. – many homeowners choose not to install it in their homes, due to concerns that it’ll make the room chilly.
There’s no denying, laminate is a temperature-absorbent material, and it can sometimes feel a little cool underfoot. This is particularly true during the winter months, when cold air is more likely to seep through from the subfloor. But it certainly doesn’t have to be a sticking point.
There are a few simple things you can do to help minimise this effect. You just need to think ahead, fit the laminate correctly, and make a couple of key investments. And we guarantee, your laminated room will stay toasty – without the need for excessive heating and hefty bills!
How to ensure laminate flooring stays warm
1. Insulate the subfloor
Effective laminate flooring insulation starts with the subfloor. To prevent any unnecessary heat loss, this should be insulated properly – before you begin to add your new laminate.
Detailed information on how to do this can be found in our previous blog. But essentially, if it’s made from suspended timber, you can significantly improve the warmth of your room by adding solid insulation boards or mineral wool between the joists. For a concrete subfloor, the best option is to use a rigid foam insulation.
2. Install a high-quality laminate flooring underlay
This is the golden piece of advice.
To keep your new flooring as warm as possible, it’s important to add a high-quality laminate underlay during the installation. Sandwiched between the subfloor and laminate, this adds a much-needed extra layer of cushioning – which enhances underfoot comfort, keeps the heat inside the room and improves the temperature of your laminate.
The thicker the underlay is, and the higher its TOG rating, the more thermal insulation it’ll provide. Which is why, our recommendation is Royale® 7mm Professional Sonic Gold.
This is regarded as the best underlay for laminate currently on the market.
Due to its unique foam structure (known as ‘AeroFoam’) and gold foil backing, it measures 7mm deep – making it the thickest product of its kind – and boasts a superior 1.0 TOG rating. It provides advanced, superior heat insulation. And priced at just £6.95 per m2, it’s the easiest and most affordable way to prevent the potential issue of cold laminate.
3. Make use of rugs
This is a simple yet timeless fix for a cold floor.
Strategically placed, a soft and luxurious rug can make a huge difference to the feel of your room – enhancing the overall atmosphere and making the space much cosier.
If you’re fitting laminate flooring in a large area, such as a lounge or dining room, why not invest in one large fluffy design and place it in the middle of the room? Or for smaller spaces, use a series of floor mats and runners in high-traffic areas – such as by the bed, sofa, doorways etc.
Anti-slip gripper pads can be used to hold the rugs in place and prevent any falls. They’re a great way to add a little extra warmth. Yet they’re a lot more cost-effective – and better for the environment – than cranking up the central heating!
Have we managed to convince you?
Laminate is notorious for being cold during the winter. But with a little prep work, the right laminate underlay and a couple of plush rugs, this can be very easily curtailed. And it definitely shouldn’t stop you from updating your home with this popular style of flooring.
Here at Carpet Underlay Shop, we stock both laminate flooring and laminate flooring underlay – including Royale® 7mm Professional Sonic Gold. Our prices are competitive, and our products are of the highest quality. So why not browse our online store and get started?
And remember, if you have any questions, you’re welcome to get in touch. Whether you’d like further information on how to keep laminate warm or need a little advice on the best laminate flooring underlay for your requirements, we’re always on hand and happy to help. Just give us a call on 0203 887 0994 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Alex Illidge