How important is underlay?
24th February 2016
You've done your research and chosen your beautiful carpet but then the store clerk asks you which underlay you would like! So many variations and price points can make this a confusing decision so we've put together a few tips to help you:
It's an investment: Careful choice of underlay can enhance the performance of your carpet and make it last longer. It is false economy to fit new carpet over a softer, cheaper underlay as carpet needs to have as firm a support as possible in order to achieve its maximum performance.
Don't reuse/recycle: An old flattened underlay will not be capable of providing adequate support to a new carpet. There is a balance to be achieved between providing the right underfoot comfort and the right support to the carpet.
Ask upfront: Your chosen retailer can recommend underlay for your specific carpet and make sure this is priced as part of the overall job. Some stores will include appropriate underlay and fitting as part of the square metre price whilst others will add it on afterwards.
Preferred types of underlay to compliment a Brintons Carpet: We prefer firm crumb rubber underlays or high density supportive foam. Felt/rubber combinations in the form of a sandwich are also recommended as these combine the support of the felt with a softer “bouncier” feel during walking. Our Brinfelt underlay has been designed to perfectly complement Brintons carpets. It is an eco-friendly felt and crumb rubber underlay and underfelt which is manufactured using recycled yarn and thread waste, and the rubber crumb from recycled tyres, Visit the Brinfelt page to find out more or order a free sample to see it for yourself.