What is flooring underlayment Padding and why do I need it?

Flooring underlayment padding is a layer of material, typically foam or fiber, that is placed between the subfloor and the flooring material (such as carpet, hardwood, laminate, etc.). Its purpose is to provide a smooth and level surface, absorb sound and reduce impact noise, protect the flooring from moisture, and increase the overall comfort and lifespan of the flooring. Installing underlayment padding is crucial for a successful flooring installation and can enhance the overall performance and quality of the flooring. Keywords: flooring, underlayment, padding, subfloor, carpet, hardwood, laminate, smooth, level, sound, absorb, impact noise, moisture, comfort, lifespan, installation, performance, quality