Choosing The Right Underlay For Your Home

Posted September 14, 2021

Choosing the right carpet underlay and understanding what you are getting.

This is such an important part of the process in selecting your new flooring. We can't stress enough the importance of getting this right. 
You need to ensure that you purchase a good quality underlay that will last for the life of your carpet. 

If you purchase the right underlay you will get:

  • A high level of underfoot comfort and resilience
  • Minimal levels of acoustic transfer - especially important for a two-story home
  • Increased insulation value to ensure minimal heat loss
  • Greater longevity from your carpet
Foam Chip Carpet Underlay Options
  • Classic 95kg / 10mm Bonded Foam: Heavy duty foam underlay suitable for heavy duty wear areas of any home, including stairs, hallways, game rooms etc.

  • Supreme 130kg / 11mm Bonded Foam: A beautiful quality foam underlay suitable for the toughest wear areas but with supreme underfoot comfort.
    Supreme also has excellent acoustic transfer value.

When purchasing carpet underlay, one of the most important things you should do is always ask for the density and look beyond the thickness. Although thickness does have some bearing on quality, the most important aspect is the density (weight per cubic metre) as this is what will ensure the underlay lasts and retains it's shape and resilience over the years.

The overall thickness of underlay has its limits and The Flooring Centre team do not recommend using greater than 11mm in thickness as this can cause future issues of re-stretching the carpet. This is because the underlay will be considerably higher than the smoothedge tackless strip installed at the perimeter of your rooms.

Our Christchruch and Auckland showrooms have examples of what each of the above underlay types feel like underfoot as a point of comparison, so feel free to visit our team so you can make the best decision for your home.

Our team are always available to help you at our showrooms, contact us via the form below or give us a call on 03 348 0639.

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