The Importance of Underlay

Posted on 14th October 2016

 

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The Importance of Underlay

When it comes to selecting an underlay for flooring many customers tend to cut corners, when actually this is one area you should never ever compromise on. After all, the underlay acts as a foundation for your floor and a flaky foundation is never a good idea. The importance of getting good quality underlay cannot be stressed enough and here are some pointers to help you when it comes to making the right choice for your flooring.

There are many different types of underlay for the home including PU (polyurethane) foam, carpet and rubber. PU foam is very light weight and springy, making it ideal for high traffic areas. It also offers a degree of sound insulation as well as heat. The higher the density of the foam the better quality it will be. For areas in the home that need long lasting flooring such as high traffic areas, consider a foam underlay having a high thickness as well as a high density weight value.

Carpet underlay absorbs any wear and tear ensuring the surface looks stylish and new for longer. It also gives the carpet a softer and more luxurious feel underfoot, and would be particularly well suited for the bedroom as opposed to the stairs. This particular type of underlay can actually help reduce allergens. It works by trapping dust particles before they become airborne and irritate the eyes and nasal passages of allergy sufferers.

Rubber has been on the market for a while now, and is the lower cost option. This can mean that more can be purchased to cover large areas. In areas where springiness is needed, a higher quality rubber underlay is most effective. Choosing a good quality underlay and installing it properly also helps to even out the height of the flooring to allow for a cleaner and newer-looking appearance.

Any good quality underlay will provide insulation from the cold air coming up through the floor. In addition to the sound and heat insulating benefits, underlay also provides a shock-absorbing quality that ensures your flooring can sustain applied weight and potential damages. This means that by investing in good quality underlay, your floors look newer for longer.

Purchasing underlay will increase the overall cost of the flooring in your home. Not only will it affect the value of your property, it is also a worthwhile investment because it will save you the cost of purchasing new flooring every few years.

If you are thinking of getting a new floor, do not hesitate to contact us for not just your flooring needs but any advice on selecting and installing underlay as well. We at Russdales are always happy to help! Our contact number is 020 8360 1836.

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