When you are looking for new carpet for your home, underlay is often the quiet achiever in the scenario of choosing colour, texture and style of the carpet suitable for your home.
What is Carpet Underlay?
Carpet underlay is traditionally made from foam, rubber or felt and the surface below what the carpet sits on to give it bounce and form.
Carpet Underlay Buying Tips
When evaluating carpet underlay, be sure to have a strong understanding of your intended use of the room you are carpeting. This will ensure that the carpet underlay you have chosen will be able to withstand the test of time. If the room is going to have a lot of foot traffic, heavy furniture resting for long periods of time or a lot of wear and tears, you really should be looking to a higher quality carpet underlay.
Types of Carpet Underlay
Carpet underlay comes in a variety of materials however Choices Flooring recommends either Dunlop foam underlay or Airstep rubber underlay.
They vary in different price points to suit a range of budgets and generally the price point will determine what the quality of the underlay. It is important to consider how the room will be used as this will impact which is the most appropriate underlay and it is always suggested to invest in the better underlay as it will make the carpet last longer and with stand heavy foot traffic.
Low density in underlay cushion tends to be a lower quality choice, and therefore a less expensive option, which tend to be used mainly for investment properties or rental properties.
And remember, it’s not just about the density of the underlay, we also have underlay options that are environmentally friendly and are Asthma and Allergy friendly as well, helping you make a healthy home environment.
Why use Carpet Underlay?
Carpet underlay is the backbone of carpeting. To carpet a room, carpet underlay must be installed as part of the process.
Carpet has many great benefits particularly comfort underfoot and noise protection are key benefits of using carpet and subsequently carpet underlay.
Carpet underlay improves the underfoot comfort as the crushing forces on the pile are absorbed and minor flooring imperfections are hidden.
Carpet underlay also helps with absorbing acoustic sound and thermal insulation properties of the carpeted floor are enhanced.