Carpet and Underlay Tips

Carpet and Underlay Products

Buying new carpet and underlay for the home is a serious investment that will give it a new look and feel. But with so many product options available for the consumer to purchase, it can make the buying process extremely confusing. Knowing what constitutes a quality underlay or carpet, and what features to look for, are extremely important if you are going to make the right choice. 

Carpet and Underlay

Enhance the long-term appearance of your new carpet.

Our Advice - Enhance the long-term appearance of your new carpet with these tips.

Tip: No. 1

Underlay is an integral ingredient that shapes the way your carpet will feel, wear, and look long-term. Low-density foam underlays whether cheap or expensive with a density of less than 110kg will quickly lose their resilience. This includes high-density foam products 120kg or more that are also too soft.

 

It is important to note that if your underlay flattens quickly, the pile of your carpet will also flatten quickly and delamination can occur when secondary backed carpets are stretched over too soft an underlay. 

 

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Carpet and Underlay

Reduce Impact Sound and Footfall

Our Advice – Reduce Impact Sound and Footfall

TIP: No.2

Impact noise and footfall in multi-level homes and apartments is typically caused by the sound of footsteps, playing children, and objects that have been dropped on the floor above. The noise generated from these actions is dispersed throughout the property, causing disruption and/or frustration for those people below.

 

When it comes to reducing impact sound and footfall a quality underlay is your best and most cost-effective option. Look for an underlay that is no less than 11mm in thickness and between 120kg/m3 and 130kg/m3 in density. Note: Make sure the underlay also has a dB (decibel rating) no lower than 44dB.

 

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Carpet and Underlay

A quality underlay can reduce your energy bill by 15%.

Our Advice - A quality underlay can reduce your energy bill by 15%.

TIP: No.3

Improving the insulation for a home and ensuring it stays warm and dry during the cold winter months is usually a top priority for many families, and with the cost of living increasing, having an energy efficient living environment is important if you want to reduce those expensive monthly energy bills.

 

What to look for:

Look for an underlay with an R-Value higher than R.30 (NZ) or a TOG rating of 3.0 (UK), and the thicker and denser the underlay, the better. The most effective options for holding the heat are bonded foam carpet cushions due to the intrinsic insulation properties of the material, trapping the warm air in and keeping the cold air out.

 

It is important to consider the TOG value of the carpet you are purchasing as well. This will add to the overall TOG value of your installation.

 

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Our Advice – Reduce Impact Sound and Footfall