Best laminate underlay for a wooden floorboard subfloor.

9 Apr 2021
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Hi I plan to install laminate flooring on the first floor of my house. I have removed all carpets and previous underlay and cleaned the floorboards beneath. Due to it being the first floor I’d like a good noise reducing underlay. I am currently torn between 3 options:
- Vitrex premier 5mm (screw fix) £22.00 per 9.76 m2.
- TimberTech 2 3mm (flooring warehouse direct) £35.26 per 10m2
- Duralay Timbermate 3.6mm (Amazon) £46.93 per 10m2.

Can anyone say which might be best? Has anyone had experience with these? Other brand suggestions welcome.

Thanks in advance.

P.S. I read a comment on a different forum stating that foil backed underlays might be bad for the floorboards, not letting them breath. Is there any truth to this?
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