Choosing the right underlay for your carpet

Most people give very little consideration to choosing underlay at the time of installing new carpet, however this unseen element plays a huge role in determining how long your carpet will stay looking and feeling great for years to come.

What is carpet underlay?

Carpet underlay is sandwiched between your floor and the carpet, giving carpet both its softness and form. Apart from providing extra comfort underfoot, underlay also creates a layer of insulation against cold bare floors, adds extra noise absorption and can assist in minimising floor damage from furniture indents or scratches. Lastly and more importantly, underlay can save you money, by reducing significant heat loss, therefore keeping your energy bills to a minimum and keeping the home warmer in winter.

Why use Carpet Underlay?

Carpet underlay improves your underfoot comfort, as the crushing forces of walking on the pile are absorbed and bounce back, keeping the carpet’s overall form and look. A good quality underlay can help mask minor flooring imperfections such as uneven or rough surfaces, both protecting unnecessary additional wear on your carpet and making it much smoother to walk on.

Types of carpet underlay

Foam, rubber and felt are the most common traditional underlay options, and these come in various qualities, from low cost to premium offerings. In addition to different levels of thickness and density, there are other lifestyle considerations to take into account, such as environmentally friendly, asthma and allergy-friendly underlay options on offer, helping you increase the health of your home environment.

How to choose the right underlay

You wouldn’t buy just any carpet for your home, and the same should go for choosing the carpet underlay. When looking for new carpet for your home, underlay can considerably enhance your chosen carpet, by giving it additional texture, depth and comfort.

When choosing your underlay, it’s important to consider how the room will be used, to ensure your underlay will adequately stand the test of time. If the room will have a lot of foot traffic, heavy furniture or a lot of wear and tear, you should really consider investing in a higher quality carpet underlay.

Low density underlay tends to be less expensive, however it is also a lower quality choice. This may save money in the short term but over time it could mean needing to replace floor coverings more frequently as they don’t hold up as well.

In order to get the best out of your carpet and underlay, make sure you vacuum regularly and factor in regular professional cleaning to remove unhealthy irritants, bacteria and allergens.

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Choosing the right underlay for your carpet can help with insulation and also extend the life of your carpet.