It is very important to select and install the floor mat correctly, because it will directly affect how the floor feels and how it wears down over time. The type of mat selected should be based on the environment, the type of floor selected, and your own personal space needs.
Concrete cement floor:
When installing on concrete, the main concern is moisture. Concrete is a porous material that allows water to penetrate into the concrete and into the floor. This can lead to loose adhesives, twisted flooring boards, mold and mold development. You need a membrane underlay that acts as a vapor barrier to prevent moisture from seeping into the floor. The normal choice is a thin foam cushion material made of polyethylene or polypropylene, which is unfolded in the form of paper.
Plywood OSB board floor:
When installing floors on plywood or OSB sub floor, breathable foam type floor mats are usually used. In most cases, when installing boards on standard plywood OSB floors, you do not need to consider moisture resistance because wood is a natural material that needs to breathe. You can choose ordinary floor mats or floor mats with eyes.
If you are installing flooring on the second floor of your apartment or home, you may need to consider providing noise reduction mats when the sound insulation of the floor is poor. Many apartments and loft apartments require the lowest score from the floor mat. Although the floor can walk quietly, the noise can easily be transferred to the ground below. You can choose the floor mat with mute effect or felt.
If your home is a floor heating system, it is very important to choose a floor mat that allows the floor to heat evenly and conduct heat quickly. Generally, you will choose thin or aluminum film floor mats with heat dissipation eyes.