Carpet underlay makes your carpet feel even softer and more luxurious. Underlay absorbs any wear and tear so it doesn’t show on the surface, giving it longevity and maintaining its appearance for a longer time.
Laminate underlay serves to add extra comfort to your laminate flooring as well as reducing the flexing that can occur without it when it’s walked on. It also helps to reduce footstep noise on the hard surface, and traps in heat to make your home warmer as it’s a great insulator.
Just like underlay for laminate, wood flooring underlay can keep your engineered wood flooring looking stunning for longer and reduce your energy bills by trapping in heat. It doesn’t just keep your home warm, it also cuts down on noise from footsteps and protects your flooring from the damage caused by moisture.
If you have underfloor heating, you will need to use a specific underfloor heating underlay with it. These specialist products allow air to circulate and their low tog rating lets heat penetrate through the floor.
Firstly, before anything is fitted, ensure the floor is clean and free from nails or staples that could be present if it has previously been carpeted. Give the floor and sweep or vacuum to get rid of any dust and grit or anything lying on the surface that could cause bumps.
It’s important to use a high quality underlay as this will give your carpet a much longer life. It’s a good idea to also use floor lining paper as this stops the underlay from sticking and protects your carpet from dirt and dust.
There are various types of underlay for laminate flooring each with different advantages. Thicker options offer more sound proofing, which could be a consideration if you are laying a floor in an upstairs room or flat.
Again, bear in mind that not all underlays are suitable for wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms but there are some types that come with a built-in damp-proof membrane.