Carpets can be very expensive. They vary greatly in price. Take a single room of and take the cheapest of carpets and it may cost as little as £40 to carpet, take a moderately expensive carpet, and it may cost as much as £600! Clearly, most people will fall somewhere in between, in terms of the price of the carpet they purchase. Regardless of the amount of money you spend, though, you will want to protect your investment. One way of doing so is to invest in carpet underlay.
Purchasing an expensive carpet does not necessarily ensure that your carpet will last a long time, or that it will retain its shape, its springiness, and its luxuriousness. However, installing underlay beneath the carpet will ensure that the carpet keeps these qualities for a significantly longer period of time than the carpet on its own. In fact, an average carpet will last up to three years longer by having a decent underlay.
The reason that carpets often lose their shape relatively quickly is due to theirbeing laid on a hard surface. The pressure of walking on the carpet, and subsequently the carpet grating against the hard surface, means that it quickly becomes damaged. Each footstep, each item of furniture, is adding to the pressure. To avoid this, then, you will need to add a shock absorbing carpet underlay. You will notice, with most undelays that they feature waffling, or layers of fibrous materials. These act as shock absorbers and take the pressure away from the carpet itself. This is why you will notice that carpets that have underlay return to their original shape once heavy furniture is moved. Without underlay, however, you will see indentations and they will be very difficult, if not impossible, to remove (the trick is to wet them and then use a vacuum to bring the carpet back to shape).
There are many other benefits with using underlay, for example, they act as an insulator, and therefore save you money on your heating bills.