If you’ve just bought a new carpet and you’re not planning on calling in the professionals to fit it for you, it can be tempting to fit the carpet there and then to tick the chore off the list and see what the finished product looks like.
However, carpet cannot simply be laid on a bare floor. There are a number of preparations that must be completed before fitting your new carpet – and underlay is one of them.
What is underlay?
Underlay is the layer that fits between the subfloor and the carpet itself. But just because you won’t be able to see it once the carpet has been fitted doesn’t mean it isn’t performing an important role.
In fact, underlay for carpets can enhance your life at home and save you money!
What are the benefits of underlay?
The most noticeable advantage of investing in underlay is the luxurious softness you will feel underfoot, making your floors more comfortable to walk on.
However, you might also notice the difference when your energy bill lands on the doormat. New underlay preserves heat, not only keeping your home warm and cosy but also slicing pounds off your bills.
In addition to its thermal insulation properties, a carpet with underlay can be up to two and a half times quieter than one without, which is perfect for silencing footsteps and subfloor creaks.
For the best of both worlds, majesty underlay provides excellent thermal and sound insulation with a TOG rating of 2.64 and 10mm height. It also has non-woven polyester backing to ensure stability.
Durability is a key feature for any new floor and underlay can improve ordinary carpet life by up to 40%. This is because it acts as a shock absorber, minimising wear and tear and dramatically boosting longevity.
Certain types of underlay have a remarkable recovery rating, making them perfect for high traffic areas such as the hall and stairs. These are also ideal for use in the living room since indentations from the impact of heavy furniture is minimal.
Underlay is not purely functional however; it also ensures your new carpet is aesthetically at its best for as long as possible.
By providing protection and preventing flattening, the carpet looks good as new for years to come – what’s not to love?