When choosing your flooring there are many products, including Carpet, solid wood, laminate and engineered floors which require the use of underlay. Here at Underlay4u there are a variety of different styles of floor underlay, including rubber underlay and foam underlay. Each product has its own unique attributes so you are sure to find something that is perfect for you.
When installing a floor over concrete subfloor it is recommended that you use a flooring underlay with in-built Damp Proof Membrane (DPM). This is to prevent moisture damage to your floor as damp can not only damage carpeting but it will also make wood floors expand and potentially buckle, it is very easy to prevent with the right floor underlay.
Sound Reduction Underlay
Flooring underlay with sound reduction qualities is incredibly popular to prevent noise travelling to rooms below. This is ideal for any homes with other residents living below as it allows for a greater degree of privacy and prevents disturbing neighbours. It is also popular in office blocks where a lot of noise from another floor can be very distracting
Underlay With Thermal Insulation
Thermal insulation in your underlay is not just a matter of comfort; it can also save money by helping a room to retain heat and therefore lowering the cost of heating. All flooring underlay provides thermal insulation to some extent, purely because it is an extra layer to your flooring; however products which specifically mention thermal insulation are far better equipped for this purpose.
Eliminating Uneven Subfloors
One main reason for a problem arising with floors is subfloor issues. If the subfloor is uneven then this can cause an array of problems but fortunately there are several options to correct this. One option is to use floor underlay which is designed to eliminate uneven subfloors and solve any problems without extra work
Use with Underfloor Heating
If the room you are installing your new floor in has under floor heating then it is essential that you choose underlay and flooring which is designed to be used with it. If the products you choose are not designed for use with heating then it can cause the system to overheat because it is covered with products which are not designed to let air circulate.
Luxury Feel under Carpet
One of the major benefits of carpet is the soft, comfortable feel when you walk on it. However even the softest carpets do not feel as good as they could if they are used with the wrong carpet underlay. To get the most out of your carpet choose a product which is designed to be used with carpets, and for extra comfort look for products which advertise a luxury feel.