Buying new carpet and underlay for the home is a serious investment that will give it a new look and feel. How long this new look lasts though is up to you. Understanding the benefits of a quality underlay will help with the buying process. But with so many product options available for the consumer to purchase can make it 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.
Benefits of a quality underlay
Extend your carpets appearance
With Luxe Underlay
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.
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.Underlay by Luxe Luxe Products
Reduce Impact Sound
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.Luxe Products
Reduce your energy bill
by up to 15%
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. 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 as bonded foam products trap the pockets of air in small bubbles throughout the installation.
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.
The carpet is just as Important
The construction of a carpet is also important for long-term appearance retention. There are 4 key factors to look for in carpet. They are the twist rate, the gauge, the thickness of the linear density of the fibre used in manufacturing, and if the yarn is heat set at the tip. The higher the twist rate, the better. Anything over 220 twist per yarn metre is satisfactory, 280 + is recommended, with a 1/10th gauge stitch.
The softer the feel of your new carpet, the less resilience the fibre will have. In this case, you will need to compromise on overall appearance performance if a super soft feel is your goal.
Caring for your carpet
An important step in caring for your carpet is regular vacuuming. Vacuum thoroughly and frequently particularly in high traffic areas. A good quality vacuum cleaner is vital to prolonging the life of your carpet.
It is recommended to use either an upright or quality barrel vacuum cleaner, fitted with a power-driven rotating brush. A light vacuum is recommended at least twice a week with the power-driven rotating brush turned off, and then a thorough vacuum performed weekly, with the power-driven rotating brush turned on. Do not leave the power-driven rotating brush running on the carpet if the vacuum is unattended as it may damage your carpet.