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Product Review: The Benefits of WhisperStep Underlayment

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010

WhisperStep UNderlaymentWhy do you need an underlayment?

Your floor is only half of your end product. If you spend a fortune on great flooring without paying real attention to the subfloor and to your underlayment, you’ve compromised your investment.

Underlayment has always been a part of wood floors. We’re not talking regular subfloors here either, but the moisture and vapor barrier that lies between the subfloor and your wood floor. Traditionally, this barrier has been felt paper, stapled down first. This method works for any installation method aside from a glue-down.

Felt, though, is a limited product. While it is resistant to moisture, it is not impervious. It also provides little or no sound-deadening benefit to your flooring installation. This has led to tremendous innovation in underlayment creation.

The bottom line for your installation is two-fold.

  1. How much to you intend to spend on your flooring?
  2. How can a little extra money really make that initial investment pay off even better?


The Benefits of WhisperStep

WhisperStep reduces noise transmission, making a laminate or floating floor sound more like a solid hardwood. We written in other posts that sound of solidity is often a selling point for solid hardwoods and a positive reselling point when marketing your home.

WhisperStep is not just resistant to moisture penetration from below. It is impervious. This means you can apply it over concrete slabs and in moisture-prone areas like basements. Moisture-induced warping, mold and mildew are all very real concerns, not just for your investment but also your family’s health.

WhisperStep is flexible, allowing it to conform to subfloors and smooth out irregularities. This means greater sound deadening.

WhisperStep exceeds requirements for engineering and architectural standards for reducing noise transmission.

WhisperStep is more affordable. Comparable systems generally cost more without added benefit, often with less of it.