Choosing a carpet can seem like it is all about the colour, the pattern and the style, the material the carpet is made from. But there is another crucial part of the equation that you cannot miss – the underlay. So how do you choose the right underlay for your room and carpet?
Basics of underlay
There are plenty of variations of thickness, style and material in underlay but let’s start with some basic. 3mm comfort underlay is a common style that is used to ensure most carpets are protected. It also covers any warranty requirements that the carpet might have – because some stipulate you must have underlay to fulfil any guarantees they offer.
This kind of underlay is ideal for carpets but also to work under wood or laminate flooring and it is very budget friendly. Some variations have extra features but cost a little more. Different manufacturers might call them different things, but an example could be:
- Comfort plus – added cushioning
- Silver – added cushioning and heat retention layer
- Gold – 5mm rather than 3mm, added cushioning and heat retention layer
This shows you how you can slowly upgrade the underlay to get the right one for your carpet but also for the use the room will receive.
Upgrading the underlay
As with most things, you have plenty of upgrade options depending on the carpet style and how much you want to pay for the underlay.
An example may be something like a 9mm underlay. These styles often come with a special layer that allows pressure to be evenly distributed across the whole floor. The benefit of this is that the carpet doesn’t have worn patches and stays even looking for longer. It helps prevent track marks where the underlay flattens over time and doesn’t work as well.
Another example may be a style of underlay that includes a damp proof membrane or DMP inside it. This tends to be used for wood or laminate flooring or if you want to have underfloor heating in a space. It creates a moisture barrier to protect the flooring.
Specialist underlay options
Moving beyond standard underlay, there are also specialist products that redesigned to do jobs that ordinary underlay doesn’t handle as well.
Commercial systems are designed to handle everything from constant foot traffic to use by wheelchairs, which can cause flat patches in other types of underlay. Rubber-based underlays are common for this purpose.
Fibreboard underlay is used when there’s an uneven subfloor to create a solid surface to add flooring. It also provides good insulation so can help to warm up the room. It doesn’t have as much give as normal underlay, but it is great at sound suppression.
The right underlay for the job
Getting the right underlay for any carpet or flooring area is an important part of the process and one you don’t want to leave to chance. By talking with a flooring expert, you can get advice on what would work best and ensure you always have the best underlay possible.
You can always ask the friendly team at Adamms Carpets to give you advice on the type of underlay you should use with the carpets you are buying. They will ensure you get the right underlay for you job at the best possible price.