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Finding The Right Underlay For Laminates

EPLF (European Producers of Laminate Flooring) has issued a summary of the technical data sheet CEN/TS 16354 which is on Laminate floorcoverings – underlays – specification, requirements and test methods.
This follows the EPLF underlay materials technical data sheet published in in summer of 2013. EPLF has now created an even more compact two-page leaflet titled ‘That’s how laminate finds the appropriate underlay’.
It is designed to provide a quick overview of the most important requirements of the CEN/TS 16354, serving as a practical aid, not just for the sales teams of flooring and underlay manufacturers, but also for specifiers.
Marco Seitner, Selit Dämmtechnik GmbH, is in charge of the underlay materials ad-hoc group at EPLF, in which laminate floor producers have been working together with manufacturers of underlay materials since December 2013.
The new compact data sheet is the first concrete result of this collaboration. As Mr Seitner explains: ‘The EPLF compact data sheet provides a short, clear and easy-to-understand summary of the most important requirements of the CEN/TS 16354 for laminate underlay.
‘We hope that as many industry stakeholders as possible will make use of this practical aid. The wider your knowledge, the better equipped you are to giv your customers professional advice!’
This means improved safety when choosing underlay, fewer complaints and, not least, longer-lasting consumer enjoyment of their laminate flooring. Like the full version, the new compact data sheet can also be downloaded in PDF format from the EPLF website free of charge.
The document is currently available in German and English, while French, Italian, Dutch, Russian and Spanish versions are in the planning stages.
Treating laminate flooring as a system: As part of its information campaign on suitable laminate underlay, the EPLF aims to make consumers aware that laminate floorboards, underlay and subfloors should be considered as a complete flooring system.
‘Even high-quality laminate flooring can only fully demonstrate its advantages if the underlay works well as part of the flooring system,’ explains Mr Seitner. ‘It is not unusual for unsuitable underlay or incorrect installation to later give cause for complaint. With the right underlay, the entire laminate flooring system is optimised and its service life is extended’.
‘The underlay forms the interface between the laminate flooring and the subfloor.
As a result, it must assume important functions: It ensures a professional installation by compensating for any unevenness in the subfloor and thus relieving load on the click system of the boards.
‘It provides the complete flooring system with permanent protection against daily wear from foot traffic and in the case of impacts from falling objects, etc., as well as from long-term strain caused by heavy furniture.
‘It can also serve as an effective barrier against increasing residual building moisture. Lastly, the right underlay can also optimise the qualities of the laminate flooring as concerns soundproofing and thermal requirements’.
The EPLF underlay materials ad-hoc group has taken on a further commitment for the future: it has been simultaneously developing a strategy to improve product labelling of laminate underlay. This should make it considerably easier to select the suitable laminate underlay at the point of sale.

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