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  • What are the most comfortable and luxurious underlays for my home?

    There are many reasons to fit underlay in your home, the main one being to protect your flooring and prolong the life of it. For some, the most important factor is comfort. Underlay can have various levels of comfort depending on: Thickness Material Density Tog. Underlay with a high level of comfort is usually required for areas of relaxation, which could be the bedroom, dining room or lounge. In this article we are going to discuss the most luxurious and comfortable underlays for every budget.   Best carpet underlays for the bedroom   When it comes to a bedroom, there is usually not very high foot traffic and the focus is mainly on comfort and a soft underfoot feel. Buy Tredaire Dreamwalk for your bedroom The Tredaire Dreamwalk is a luxurious underlay that provides excellent cushioning and a soft underfoot feel. The Tredaire Dreamwalk is a luxurious carpet...

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  • Underlay Frequently Asked Questions - What is underlay and why do I need it?

    Contents: What is underlay? Why is underlay needed? What are the different types of underlay? What is the difference between PU foam and sponge rubber? Can underlay be soundproof? What should I consider before purchasing underlay? Can underlay be used for laminate flooring? Can underlay be used for wood flooring? Can I use old carpet as underlay? What underlay can I use for underfloor heating? 1. What is underlay? Underlay is a piece of material that is placed under different types of flooring. The characteristics of the material, such as what it’s made from, thermal properties, sound reduction and density all vary from product to product. The different characteristics are all suited to different types of flooring and environments.   2. Why is underlay needed? Underlay is primarily needed to protect your flooring, as it absorbs shock from foot traffic. However,...

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  • What is the best underlay for the stairs?

    The stairs probably receive the most concentrated foot traffic in your home, which can take its toll on your carpet. So, what can you do about this? How can you protect your carpet? A good quality underlay makes a huge difference on the stairs, but it can be difficult choosing the right one. This area of your home can be complex and there are many factors to consider before purchasing underlay. In this article we are going to cover if underlay is necessary for the stairs, which underlay is best and if it can be used in other parts of the house.   Do you need underlay for stairs?   Underlay is not just for comfort, it also absorbs the shock from foot traffic. As the stairs usually receives the highest foot traffic, underlay is essential for this area. Some people want the thickest underlay for this area to absorb the high foot traffic, but this is not always possible. Because...

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  • Best Soundproof Acoustic Underlay for Carpets, Wooden and Laminate Floors

    Contents Best Soundproof for Carpet underlay Best Soundproof for wooden or Laminate floors Soundproofing underlay for underfloor heating Are you getting the best out of your underlay? The main purpose of underlay is to, of course, protect your flooring. But, what if you could bring some peace and quiet to your home at the same time as protecting your carpet? You can also benefit from better heat insulation and so many other features. This article will tell you exactly how beneficial soundproof underlay can be and how to find the right one for your specific environment. Did you know that many companies claim to be have soundproof products that may not actually work? Keep reading to find out how to avoid being mis-sold and be one step ahead of misleading sales pitches. Soundproof Underlay for Best Noise Reduction The Tredaire Colours Red is our best underlay for impact noise...

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  • Can underfloor heating go under laminate?

    Laminate flooring offers a sleek, easy and affordable way to create a sleek finish to your home’s living areas. It’s also highly adaptable so yes, providing you make good choices, you can lay underfloor heating beneath it. In fact, it’s among the best options for a wood finish as solid wood flooring will dry out and shrink in reaction to heat. This may lead to the creation of gaps. Why lay laminate flooring over underfloor heating? This benefit of this kind of synthetic floor covering is that it resembles high-quality wood finishes while still being stain and scratch resistant. It’s also easy to lay and there’s a wide variety of options available. If you’re considering using laminate in combination with underfloor heating, then there are a few considerations. • Heat from the underfloor system needs to be spread evenly with no hotspots that could cause conduction or...

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  • How to fix carpet gripper to concrete floor

    If you’re planning to install a carpet in a room with a concrete floor, or you need to replace a stretch of carpet gripper rods, you may be wondering how to affix the gripper rod to a solid concrete floor. After all, you can’t hit a nail into a solid concrete floor! There’s actually an ingenious and inexpensive trick which utilises pieces of wooden dowel rod as a rawlplug to ensure your carpet gripper is securely affixed to your concrete floor. You'll need: • A hammer drill • A hacksaw or wood saw • A hammer • A masonry drill bit, ideally with a carbide tip • A dowel rod of the same diameter as your drill bit • A pencil • A carpet gripper rod, cut to size It sounds silly, but ensure the concrete floor you’re going to be drilling into is cleaned and clear of dirt and debris. You’re going to be making marks on the floor, and you don’t want to get your pencil...

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  • How much does it cost to lay carpet per square metre

    Carpet is a sophisticated and stylish choice for the home and is the ideal choice for a cooler climate. If you're installing brand new carpets in your home, you'll want to know how much it costs to lay carpet per square metre so you can make smart choices that fit your budget. But there's more to carpet laying than simply buying a good quality carpet at the right price. You'll also need to think about the cost of accessories like gripper rods and door plates, labour and underlay. Calculating the cost You'll need to total up four figures if you want to have a truly accurate idea of how much it costs to lay carpet per square metre: • The cost of the carpet per square metre • The cost of the underlay per square metre • The cost of installation per square metre • The cost of any accessories required Do I need underlay? If you want to cut costs when laying carpet then skipping the...

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  • How to fit skirting boards on uneven walls

    Skirting boards give a clean and neat finish between the walls and the floors in your property. In older houses, the boards themselves can be quite ornamental with an attractive moulded profile, whereas modern skirting boards tend to be much plainer. If you're fitting new skirting boards, match them to the age of the house and attach them to the walls with glue or screws, making sure you mitre or scribe the joins for the neatest and most professional effect. If you need to replace skirting boards in an older property, you may find that the walls are uneven, presenting you with a real challenge. It's not an impossible task if you follow these simple steps. Measure twice, cut once Before you buy your skirting boards, measure the room accurately and then add 20% to the total figure to allow for wastage. When you get the boards home, leave them in the room where you intend to use them for...

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  • What is the best underlay for laminate flooring?

    Whether you're fitting carpet or laminate, underlay is crucial to getting the best experience out of your new flooring. It's especially important if your sub-floor is made of concrete as the underlay helps to prevent moisture and damp from impacting your flooring and ensures it lasts longer. It will also help to smooth out your flooring making it the perfect surface for laying your laminate. Underlay also acts as a thermal insulator, keeping your house warmer for longer and at less cost. This is important with laminate as it can potentially make your house feel colder during winter. Underlay also works as acoustic insulation, which is valuable with a wood floor as it can otherwise become quite loud. So what type should you choose when it comes to laying laminate flooring? It all comes down to what room you'll be laying it in and how often it'll be used. If it is an attic room or spare...

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  • How long does laminate flooring last?

    Laminate flooring is a great option for homeowners who want to fit their floors with something that's easy to clean and maintain, but is also durable and modern. As with all fittings, laminate floors come with a lifespan, but what exactly that lifespan is depends upon a number of factors, including the quality of the laminate, how well it's been installed and how well it's maintained. How long can laminate flooring last? Most laminate floors can last anywhere between 10 and 30 years before they have to be replaced, with 15-25 years being around average. Your laminate flooring will also last longer in areas which see less traffic - so expect to replace the laminate in your living room long before the laminate in your spare bedroom. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep your laminate floors in top condition, which will ensure that you get as much life out of them as...

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  • How to measure carpet for stairs and landing

    Whether you're planning on doing the fitting yourself, or simply trying to figure out how much carpet and underlay you will need, it can be tricky to know how to go about measuring floor space for stairs and on landings. Follow our easy guide to make sure you get it right. How to measure your stairs for carpet & underlay First, you'll need a tape measure, a pencil, and some paper. Begin by counting how many steps in total need covering. Next, measure the height and depth of each step - if they're all the same, you only need to measure one. Add the height of the step to the depth of the step, and multiply it by the number of steps you have to find the total length of the carpet you'll need to cover the stairs. The width of the carpet should simply be the width of the steps. How to measure your landing for carpet & underlay To measure carpet for a landing, draw a quick sketch of...

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  • Best type of carpet for stairs

    Choosing carpet for the stairs in your home is a tricky task: as well as the normal choices like colour, thickness and design, there are plenty of other factors you'll need to take into consideration. Here are all the things you'll need to think about when making your choice - and some suggestions for the carpet types that work best. 1. Stairs are high traffic areas In most homes, the stairs - along with hallways - are an area that sees the most traffic. It's not just that they're used regularly: the impact of feet on a staircase is generally heavier than on regular carpeted floors, thanks to gravity when we're descending. For this reason, you'll need to choose carpets of a material that's highly durable and designed to last: the carpet you choose for your bedroom will not last nearly as long on a stairwell. It may also be worth buying extra carpet at the time, to ensure that you can...

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  • Cheap Does Not Necessarily Mean Bad

    The most important thing that has to be remembered is that cheap carpet underlay is better than no underlay at all.  Buying a carpet is expensive enough and if your budget does not stretch to very expensive cushioning for it you should never use your old underlay or, worse still, your old carpet as a base on which to fit your floorcovering. You have a couple of choices really when you need to change your threadbare carpet.  You can either go for a luxurious carpet or you can buy an underlay which is expensive and purchase a cheaper carpet. However, on looking on the internet to weigh up the options, I found that these days cheap padding does not necessarily mean that it is inferior.  In the first place the internet retailers are able to sell you most things cheaper as they can buy in bulk and in the second place manufacturers can still provide you with a product that will...

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  • Quality For Laminates Is Important

    All floorcoverings need padding even laminate flooring.  Choosing the right laminate underlay is almost as important as choosing the quality of the floorcovering itself. On top of this, manufacturers of this type of flooring often recommend what padding to use and if you do not listen to their recommendations, a warranty may become void. A damaged floor will then be a complete waste of money and may be expensive to put right. If you should choose a basic product, you should only use it in bedrooms or, anyway, rooms that are not on the ground floor.  The reason for this is that this type will almost certainly not have a moisture barrier. There is not much chance of having a damp floor upstairs.  However, you must consider the fact that this type does not provide adequate noise reduction, so if you have small children or teenagers who make a lot of noise, this variety is not going...

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  • Trip Hazards – how to avoid tripping and how to keep your home safe

    Trip hazards are dangerous in a business or home environment, so it is your responsibility to ensure that anything which could be tripped over is dealt with quickly and safely to avoid any accident happening. Surprisingly, many people severely injure themselves on trip hazards and can be out of action for weeks, if not months. Problems with torn ligaments in the back is a common problem, and of course broken bones is a serious setback for anyone. So here is a list of common trip hazards and how to avoid them: Trailing cables Often seen in an office environment, trailing cables are very dangerous as they can easily be tripped over. For this reason you should use a cable tie to clump cables together and also heavy duty tape to stick the cables to the carpet or any other area which will keep them out of the way. Frayed Carpets This can be a problem in both the office and at home. When...

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