Underlay4u Blog

  • 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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  • More about carpet underlay

    In any home, there is one area that is used every single day, but is only usually noticed when it becomes damaged. We are of course talking about your flooring, and often the most important and hardest working component of your floor is actually hidden beneath the surface. Your underlay may go unnoticed, but it can actually make a huge difference to the comfort, durability and insulation of your home. As a substantial investment it is also important to protect the lifespan of your carpets, and key to this is the purchase of a quality, use-specific carpet underlay. For instance, in places such as the hall, stairs and landings, the constant footfall often causes the carpet pile to become flattened, especially with children running up and down the stairs. A good carpet underlay provides an extra layer of protection between the carpet and the floor preventing this from occurring. A high...

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  • How to Fit Wood Flooring Underlay and Laminate Flooring Underlay

    Fitting Laminate Flooring These are some general guidelines to fitting a laminate floor. Always remember to follow the manufacturer's instructions and, if in any doubt, use a professional installer. Laying Laminate Flooring Laminate flooring is becoming more popular every day, and there are many good reasons to buy it. Once the choice has been made between the different styles, materials and finishes then the next stage is to ensure that the laminate flooring is installed correctly. Each laminate floor manufacturer can have specific installation requirements, so it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions where appropriate and, if in any doubt, to use a professional installer. However, fitting it is not hard and these general guidelines are intended to help you get started. Fitting Laminate Flooring - the Preparation The very first thing to do is to checking...

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  • Carpet underlay types

    Here at Underlay4u, we are asked on a number of occasions, ‘what is the difference between foam underlay and rubber underlay?’ so here is a brief description of the different underlays we have available. There are many carpet underlay types, including foam, rubber & acoustic, these are only some of the carpet underlay types you will find online, get the right carpet underlay types for your different home areas, in fact, carpet underlay types you may need will vary according to your floor covering. There are different levels of thickness and weight. Types of underlay you use may vary within your house, according to budget and what you use the room for. Carpet underlay comes in different types and prices. Underlay is the material between the floor, which in the UK tends to be either wood flooring or concrete, and your carpets. Some carpets have a thin layer of foam on their...

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  • How To Fit Your Gripper Rods and Underlay

    This post tells you everything you need to know about carpet grippers. There’s 2 sections. You can navigate the page easily. Just click the links below to read more and find the answers to your questions. Section 1. What are gripper rods? Do I need them? Where to buy? Section 2. How to fit carpet grippers If you’ve chosen to go down the DIY route, make sure you read this article in full. It will help ensure your project is a success. It will also help you minimise mistakes and keep frustrations to a minimum.   An introduction to Carpet Grippers This section addresses the most common questions asked about carpet grippers and gives you some insight into making the important decisions.   What are carpet grippers? What do they do? Carpet grippers are long pieces of plywood, usually 1.5m long x 2cm wide. They have sharp angled nails in them that are designed to hold the carpet...

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  • What state do my floors have to be in for a tip top job?

    Floor Boards All wooden floors boards must be structurally sound, level, smooth, and dry And clean to ensure that your carpet underlay will perform. Worn or uneven floorboards should either be replaced or levelled by sanding, planning or covering with flooring grade plywood. Chipboard Floors Chipboard should comply with BS5669 flooring grades, type, C2, C4 or C5. It is essential that floating chipboard and other Composition floors are dry smooth and have no lumps or bumps as this will cause uneven wear in the carpet and underlay Asphalt Floors Providing the flooring grade asphalt is in good condition, sound, Strong enough and has not suffered rutting or any other sign of Softening and is free from any form of contamination, the fitting of any carpet underlay is fine. Concrete Floors All concrete floors should be smooth sound and dry. If the floor is not smooth an application of latex...

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  • Working Out How Much Underlay You Need & Cost Calculator

    How much underlay do I need? On our web site we have a room calculator that gives a good indication on how much carpet underlay and gripper you will need. However when you are working out rooms that are not square, rectangular or hall stairs and landings you may find that you have to manually work out the quantities involved. The Easy Way Measure up your areas and ring us up – we are happy to work it all out or you! The DIY Way To Calculate For Carpet Underlay If your room is not square and you need to look at it as a collection of boxes. In the drawing below you will see a typical room with a bay window and a fire place and how we work out what underlay quantities are required. This process will work for most rooms, just simply break down the rooms into a collection of boxes. Calculating Underlay For Stairs For your stairs all you need to do is measure the width and the tread...

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  • Uneven Flag Stone Floors - What Underlay Do i Use?

    If you want to put a carpet over old uneven Flag Stones and do not wish to take them up or concrete/asphalt over them what do you do? Old flagstones by nature are always uneven and over time the Flags sink and move, giving an uneven floor making a fitted carpet unsightly. Manufactures will not guarantee the carpet for wear if the sub floor is not smooth and sound and this is quite understandable as lumps and bumps will cause high spots and therefore cause uneven wear. If you want to keep your old flags down and use a carpet underlay to help smooth out the floor there are only a couple that MAY help. Originally carpet underlay was made of hair/jute& wool these proved to be a great success because the old carpets used to be made in 27 inch wide sections and then sewn together. The hair/wool felt let the seams bed into the underlay and helped smooth out the joints. With this in mind...

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