If you move to a new home or are in the middle of home improvements, it is too easy to cut corners and important ones at that. Although this can seem like a more affordable option, sometimes it is a big mistake. Do not go without carpet underlay. In fact I would go as far as to say that carpet underlay purchase and choices are as important as choosing the colour and material of your carpets themselves.
The purpose of carpet underlay
It gives you a more comfortable experience. We spend a lot of time in our homes especially with more of us working from home as well as bringing up our families there. Underlay provides a cushioning experience for your feet, back and legs as you walk around the home.
Underlay also keeps noise down to a reasonable level. From a financial point of view your carpet really will last longer with good underlay in place. It means your beautiful carpet is not bashed by harsh bare floors. Also it can help you save on heating bills as it provides some insulation in cold weather.
Types of underlay
There are basically three types of carpet underlay available: foam, felt and rubber from outlets such as the Carpet Underlay Shop
If you are on a mid-range budget foam underlay is a good choice. Felt underlay is not used as much these days but used to be a popular and cheap choice for householders.
Rubber underlay is the waffle looking one and gives superb springiness as you walk. It is hard-wearing but it’s also breathable thanks to its cellular construction. Rubber underlay is pricier but it’s also a quality choice.
Other flooring choices
You can also buy underlay for other types of flooring like vinyl and wood to obtain a springier and softer walking experience in your home along with the obvious insulation properties.
Your choice of underlay
Firstly, I reiterate do make sure you invest in underlay. I confess in my earlier years of being a grown-up householder of not having underlay at all. All this led to was damage to carpets which then had to be replaced sooner than they would have otherwise have needed.
Carpet and underlay wear out at pretty much the same rate so when you replace your carpet, my tip would be to replace your underlay too.
Think about the needs of your individual family. Benefits of more expensive underlay may be worth the extra cost to you. For example, you may have health issues so really do need that springier and softer walking experience. You may need to keep warmer than most if you have elderly relatives living with you. There will be the right underlay out there for you and once again, I urge you to make that investment as it will mean comfort and money saved in the long run.