Underlay4u Blog

  • Best Thermal & Insulated Underlay for Carpet, Laminate & Wood Flooring

      Tog ratings are the most important factor for many customers who are looking to purchase an insulating underlay. A higher tog rating means that the underlay will do a better job at keeping a room warm. An underlay with a high tog rating can make a huge difference to a cold concrete subfloor or draughty floorboards. Not only will it prevent warm air escaping – it will also act as a barrier to cold air trying to get in. Best Carpet Underlay for Insulation Carpet underlays can be thicker than those used with laminate flooring, so they have a higher tog rating because they are naturally more insulating. Carpenter Midas 12mm Underlay – 3.26 Tog Rating The Midas 12 is the number one underlay for insulation. It’s a luxury feeling product with a very high tog rating of 3.26. As well as keeping your home that little bit warmer, the Midas 12mm also has great sound insulation. The...

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  • Foam underlay – What is it and why do I need it in my home?

    I’ve heard PU foam is a good option for underlay, but what are the best products? We have many customers ask us this question, which is why we have put together this simple guide to PU foam underlay. In this post you will find the best foam products for carpet, laminate flooring, the stairs, contract use and more. We will also explain what PU foam is and why it’s great for the environment. Keep reading to find out our top picks for buying underlay on a budget and why PU foam has the advantage over sponge rubber. First, we’ll look at the different PU Foam products in this order Foam for Laminate High End Luxury for Carpet Best Value The thickest High Density (for stairs) Heavy Duty   Best Foam Product for Laminate Laminate flooring has become a very popular choice for the home in recent years. With the improvement of its quality and wood-like authenticity, many customers...

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  • Highest & Lowest Tog Insulating Underlay: Cloud 9 vs Underfloor Heating

    Who thought tog rating would be such a significant factor in making your decision when choosing an underlay. In fact, 90% of our customers buy theirs based on the tog rating alone. So in this article, we’re showing you which are the best underlays for the highest tog, on the market today. Buying the lowest tog is also an important factor when making your purchase decision. So we’ll also show you which are the best for that and explain why. In this article, we tell you everything about tog rating and why it's important. But first, here's the products that are most relevant to your decision making.   Highest TOG Rated products for insulating warmth...     No. 2 Cloud 9 Cumulus 3.1 TOG The Cloud 9 Cumulus is a comfortable, thick underlay with excellent sound reduction properties and a high tog rating. No.3 Underlay4U 12mm 2.93 TOG The Underlay4U has a 12mm...

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  • Best Underlay for Lounge Bedroom or Living Rooms - Comfortable and luxurious

    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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  • What is the best underlay for the stairs? Do you need it?

    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. An Insight to the Carpenter Ultra Step Buy Carpenter Ultra Step for a highly durable result Buy the Carepenter Ultra Step for an underlay that has been designed for durability and comfort. BUY ULTRA STEP HERE Ultra Step Benefits in summary:  The Ultra step a high-quality option which is perfect for the stairs, here are the top...

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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 flooring 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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  • Best Underlay for Underfloor Heating: Carpet & Laminate

    Do I need special underlay for underfloor heating? Underlay is vital for any kind of flooring but if you have underfloor heating, there are a few more factors to consider. Lots of underlays are designed to be thick and cushion-like so they feel soft and also provide insulation. These sorts of products do not work with underfloor heating because they act as a barrier to the heat trying to come through. Instead, you need a thin product with a low tog rating. Which underlay you need will also depend on whether you’re laying carpet or laminate over your underfloor heating. This blog post will cover the best underfloor heating underlays for use with carpet, laminate and engineered wood flooring. It will also touch on some of the problems associated with certain flooring types and highlight some of the most important factors to consider when purchasing both underlay and flooring. The...

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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 or Wood Floor?

    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 floor. 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. Laminate 3mm dpm with built in damp proof membrane and is a great option for wooden floor boards and laminate flooring Read More >> Super Gold is the thickest underlay you can put...

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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 and style of carpet for hallway, stairs and bedroom

    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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  • Do you need underlay for Artificial Grass

    Is artificial grass worth trying? Why not try new artificial grass, no more lawn cutting, no more sad looking lawns. The lawn comes with a 9 year guarantee and is available 4 meters wide. It can be used in any of these locations: Gardens, Swimming pool surrounds, Patios and verandas, Balconies, Greenhouses, Terraces and roof gardens, Lounges, Houseboats and yachts and Caravans and mobile homes. Benefits Quick and Easy Installation, with a natural appearance, UV-resistant and extremely durable. So you can have a lush green garden all year round which feels like natural grass with minimal maintenance and withstands all weather conditions. We do recommend you call a professional to carry out the installation of the artificial grass, however understanding that you may wish to take on the project yourself, hope you find the following guidelines helpful. Before You Start When determining...

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  • The difference between PU Foam vs Rubber Underlay

    One of the most asked questions we get at Underlay4U is 'which is better, PU foam or Sponge Rubber underlay?' There is no easy answer to this and it really depends on quite a few factors. Every home is different, and these materials will work differently to suit various environments. In this article we will cover what these materials are made of, their differences and similarities and how to decide which is best for you. Keep reading to find out the three vital questions to ask yourself before purchasing. What is PU Foam Underlay and What is it Made of?   PU foam is becoming more and more popular for carpet underlay, and it’s not hard to see why. It has so many benefits and is a great option for comfort and durability. But, what is it made from? It is made up of recycled materials. Europur tells us that this material is highly diverse and is the leading member of the polymer...

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  • Duralay Heatflow 6.1mm Carpet Underlay

    I’m sure that at some point in our lives we have come across the problem of cold floors! Usually in kitchens, conservatories and downstairs bathrooms etc. So as the cold days and nights are drawing in and you have decided to invest in underfloor heating installed this can be very expensive and the last thing you want to do is spend even more on underlay etc. So we at underlay4u have the solution. Duralay Heatflow underlay is designed especially for use with under floor heating. Whether it’s with carpet or with wood/laminate these underlays are second to none. The one we are looking at today is the underlay for carpet!! The general rule is that the underlay and carpet should not exceed 2.5 Tog; therefore both the underlay and the carpet both need a low Tog rating. Duralay Heatflow for carpets has a tog rating of only 0.75 Tog and is the best in the market. This underlay is one of the...

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