Underlay – your secret to a long-lasting carpet

long lasting carpet

There is no doubt in our professional minds that underlay is the unsung hero of the carpet world. Many people don’t seem to think it’s important to put underlay onto floorboards before fitting carpets. It’s an easy temptation to forego this extra layer of flooring, especially when the budget is a factor.

However, here at Greg Stone Flooring, we’re here to tell you that this is a false economy. We’ve been fitting carpets in Sussex for over 40 years which means we know a thing or three about how to achieve the best flooring solution for your home or business premises. Here are four good reasons why investing in the best underlay you can afford will produce excellent long-term results:

1. Prolonging the life of your carpet

Did you know that underlay can actually double the lifespan of your carpet? It is a fact that a carpet without underlay will wear down much quicker than one without. Underlay provides valuable additional cushioning for the carpet installed on top. Not only does this soften the blow of each footfall but over time it increases the carpet’s lifespan. The effect is greatest in high-traffic areas such as hallways, stairs and landings, and reception areas. If you need to make economies, our advice is to choose a budget-friendly carpet and invest in good quality underlay, to give you the best long-term value.

2. Providing greater comfort underfoot

Carpets are an excellent way to improve the overall comfort levels in your home. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of walking on freshly fitted carpets. The thicker the underlay underneath, the greater the cushioning effect that you will feel every time you walk across the floor. For the most luxurious feel underfoot, choose an underlay with a high density and thickness. At Greg Stone Flooring, we have a large range of underlay options advisable ranging from budget to premium products. Also, look out for our FREE underlay offers with our top-range carpets.

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3. Making your home warm and cosy

Chances are that you’ve chosen carpet over hard flooring because of its thermal properties, which is a very good idea. However, by skimping on underlay, you run the risk of the relative coolness of the floorboards and any draughts coming through penetrating the carpet piles and giving you cold feet! Underlay provides cushioning for your carpets, protection from draughts and moisture from condensation, and better energy efficiency. Upgrade your home insulation with underlay and enjoy the benefits, not just in terms of a warmer and more comfortable floor to walk on, but lower energy bills too.

4. Reducing noise in the home

If you don’t like clattering around on hardwood or stone floors, carpets are an excellent solution for noise reduction. That said, if you fit carpets straight onto bare floors, there’s not much sound muffling going on. With the addition of an extra layer of underlay, you can really tell the difference. Most underlays now come with a handy decibel rating, so you can see exactly how much noise cancellation will be provided. At Greg Stone Flooring, our underlay has noise-insulating properties so you can relax and unwind at home without being disturbed by noise in other rooms. We can also fit specialist soundproofing underlay.

We hope we’ve given you some good reasons to convince you that underlay should be a key component of your next flooring project. When it comes to choosing the best underlay for your needs, our knowledgeable staff can help you make the right decision for your property and your budget. Why not visit us at our Portslade warehouse showroom where you will find an extensive range of underlays and carpets as well as Karndean and many other flooring products, all at highly competitive prices? We look forward to being of service.