This is such a popular question that we get asked both in our showroom and also during the fitting process on-site.
The most basic of answer is simply yes. it is important however to point out that all flooring and carpet may not necessary require additional underlay, find out more about that further along in this post.
Get the most out of your new flooring by matching it with the right underlay; it will save you money in the long run. Underlay acts as an insulator and will add cushioning and depth of comfort underfoot. We offer underlay to suit any room and any flooring type. Extend the life of your new flooring considerably with underlay..
When installing a new carpet, choosing the best carpet underlay we beleive is a vital part of your flooring. Below you can see the main reasons which should help you understand more about underlay.
The installation of underlay reduces sound not only in the room itself but also the transference of sound to the room below.
By using carpet underlay you are providing an additional layer of insulation, which reduces the heat loss through floorboards and reduces under floor draughts.
The underlay acts as a barrier by reducing the flow of air, thereby reducing the dust particles carried by the air.
Carpet underlay produces an extra softness to the feel of the floor, regardless of the quality and thickness of the carpet.
The carpet underlay absorbs all the wear and tear keeping your carpet looking better for longer.
The majority of domestic carpets are fitted using a method whereby the carpet is stretched onto carpet grippers. The use of underlay is therefore practical as it raises the level of the floor in line with the gripper pins, which enhances the finished look of the fitted carpet.
So do you need Underlay?
So above you have read about the reasons/benefits of using Underlay but we wanted to take it a step further for you.
These do not have a cushioned backing and therefore underlay is essential.
Secondary backed Carpets
These are the most common carpets used in the domestic market. The backing is either a polypropylene mesh or hessian and therefore has no cushioning. Underlay is therefore essential.
Felt backed carpets
These carpets have a thin felt back and are often sold described as having in built in underlay. However they offer little in the way of the benefits listed above and we would recommend therefore that they be placed in top of an underlay with a smooth surface.
Foam Backed Carpets
Underlays are not recommended for use with these types of carpets.
Overall there can be no doubt that Underlay adds value to your carpet in many ways, we appreciate that you may still have questions or queries about the type you may need or the costs involved.
Call our showroom today and we will be happy to give you advice and information you need. Showroom: 01604 947030