The Importance of Quality Carpet UnderlaySeptember 30, 2015
Carpets are a huge part of your interior design and help to make a home feel more like your home. You can choose from a wide variety of carpet styles and colours to meet your needs, but if you know anything about carpets you’ll know that underlay is usually sold at the same time.
It doesn’t seem nearly as exciting as picking your carpet, so what is it about underlay that’s so important? In this article we’ll explain the importance of underlay for your carpet to dispel the myth that it is merely an unnecessary extra.
The biggest, most notable perk of having a quality underlay for your carpet is the feel it offers. Your underlay is usually made from foam, felt or waffle material. This plump material, in combination with carpet fibres, makes for a much more comfortable feel underfoot. Walking around on hard ground can be taxing on your feet and your posture, so it’s good to kick off our shoes and revel in this comfort.
When we talk about underlay offering insulative benefits to your home you have to remember you’ll only get this with quality materials.
Firstly, your battle to keep your home warm in winter without bumping up the thermostat can be boosted. Since underlay adds an extra layer to your carpet, you get double the barrier for keeping warmth in and cold out. In fact, the underlay is probably better at insulating your property than the carpet itself.
On top of thermal insulation, underlay can also provide insulation against noise. This is especially key if you have a busy family home and you don’t want to hear your kids blaring out music upstairs while you’re trying to wind down.
No More Cold Floors
We’ve touched on the insulative properties which underlay has for the overall temperature of your home, but what you might not realise is that applying carpet directly on top of concrete or wood floors could leave them cold to the touch. Underlay will protect you from the uncomfortable chill on your floors in winter – so if you like to wander around barefoot, you’ll definitely benefit from a cosy layer of underlay.
You’ll save money in the long run by paying a little more for quality underlay, this is mainly because it acts as a buffer between your carpet and your hard floor. Without underlay the traffic on top of the carpet would easily grind down the fabric and the underneath of your carpet. Your carpet’s lifespan will be slashed as it is ground down against a hard surface, but a soft underlay will protect your investment for far longer.
Keeping Up Appearances
Following on from the previous section, the fact that your carpet won’t be ground down as easily means that the appearance of your carpet is protected. The underlay should absorb the majority of the pressure which prevents the fibre and joining materials from looking shabby. We all want our homes to look their best, which is why your underlay is so important.
If you have any questions about the different types of underlay, or if you’re looking for underlay for your carpets, simply contact us at Pyramid Carpets and our professional team will be happy to assist you.
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