Below are listed the reasons why underlay is so important;
First of all the underlay protects your and prolongs the life of your carpet, without the underlay your carpet would eventually deteriorate.
Your underlay will dramatically reduce airborne noise as well as impact noise from below or above. Certainly a must with noisy kids or those noisy folk upstairs.
All types of underlay have heat insulating qualities, some more than others. The best for heat insulating is the wool rich underlay as wool is the most insulating fibre on the planet. Acting as a barrier it stops heat escaping which helps you save with heating bills.
A quality underlay makes a huge difference to the feel of your carpet when walking on it. Without underlay it will feel hard and quite uncomfortable.
Underlay helps reduce airflow under the carpet so therefore will help reduce dust movement.
Most carpets are now fitted by a method called ‘stretch fitted’. This is where your carpet is stretched onto the carpet grippers. The underlay helps even out the surface of your sub floor.
An underlay supports the structure of a carpet and helps prevent markings or any damages made by furniture.
To work out how much underlay you need, measure the length and width of your room then multiply the two measurements together. Just make sure your working in metres. So if your room is 3m by 4.2m you would need to cover 12.6m2.
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I need help deciding which underlay to buy
Plushwalk also comes with a DPM (Damp Proof Membrane) and is also designed to help withstand furniture indentation marks.
Carpet manufacturers such as Axminster Carpetsand Brintons Carpetscan sometimes also recommend a Wool Underlay because they give higher Thermal Insulation properties, but we prefer Plushwalk underlays as they feel great to walk on.
Why are carpet fitters telling me wool felt underlays are rubbish?
Traditional felt underlays were made from hessian/jute fibres which flatten almost instantly after being walked over. Carpet fitters disapprove of the old Felt Underlay since they are extremely hard to cut and heavier Wool underlays. However Wilsons Wool underlays do not flatten and give superb heat insulation (TOG) properties.
Which is the best underlay for underfloor heating?
Which underlay should I buy for heat insulation?
Which is the best underlay for sound proofing properties?
The best underlay for sound proofing would be the Royal Supreme with a 48db reduction. This underlay is very heavy, so we advise caution when fitting.