Maximise the level of comfort in your home with quality carpet and laminate underlay from Alexanders “The Carpet & Flooring Store” in Skegness, Lincolnshire. Underlay adds a level of cushioning underneath your carpet, LVT, or engineered wood flooring, to make all types so much more comfortable for your feet.
Sometimes overlooked and even dismissed as a pointless additional expense, underlay is actually an integral element that shapes how flooring feels, wears, and looks. It is key to the finish of your floor and the longevity of your flooring. Getting the right underlay will ensure that you get your money’s worth! Underlay:
Underlay can also help towards reducing your energy bills by a significant amount as it traps heat under your floor, insulating the room and keeping it warm. This insulation doesn’t just stop at heat though. Underlay also helps to insulate against sound, keeping in-room noise to a minimum, which can be a great benefit for rooms upstairs or if you live in a flat.
It is important to note that there is more than 1 kind of underlay, so read on to discover the underlay that will suit your room and flooring type best.
There are many different types of underlay that can be used with numerous flooring options and various rooms that vary in their layout. Essentially, carpet underlay acts like a shock absorber, helping carpets bounce back from heavy wear and footfall. Your carpet can look better for longer because the underlay helps prevent the pile from flattening. Underlay for wood flooring and luxury vinyl tiles helps to protect the joints in the planks or tiles, reducing any risk of flexing to extend the life of your flooring.
Giving luxurious cushioning and comfort, polyurethane or PU underlay is the ideal option for carpet. Constructed from recycled foam, this popular carpet underlay is available in different quality levels with varying thicknesses and densities to suit all budgets and floors. Offering impressive heat and sound insulation, polyurethane underlay is made from 85% recycled materials so it is great for the environment too.
Waffle underlay gets its name from the waffle pattern on its underside, and is perfectly suitable for carpet. The construction involves in-built pockets of air to improve underfoot comfort and carpet longevity. In fact, it can increase the durability of your carpet by as much as 40%! Made from rubber, it is great for thermal and sound insulation.
The pocket construction also allows more air to flow when vacuuming, which keeps your carpet cleaner. Available in various thicknesses, this underlay is great for use all around the home, including kitchens and bathrooms.
Choose a super thick version to bring comfort and luxury to your lounge or master bedroom, which is guaranteed for the lifetime of the carpet.
This particular type of underlay is dense and durable, and ideal for use all around the home, including areas that have to cope with lots of traffic like the hall, stairs, and landing. Crumb rubber underlay is made from 85% recycled materials and is kind to the environment. It is constructed with used car tyres to create a tough, highly dense underlay that is highly resistant to indentation marks from heavy furniture, fully protecting your carpet. Crumb rubber is also guaranteed for the lifetime of the carpet.
Your feet will thank you for the luxurious feel that this underlay adds to your carpet. Rubber underlay is long-lasting and increases the lifespan of your carpet as well as being a great insulator of heat and sound. Winter seasons spent in your home are sure to be extra cosy, along with the addition of reduced energy bills. This underlay can be used all around the home for your convenience.
Made specifically for us for LVT, this underlay is constructed from dense rubber. The top side is slightly tacky, which helps to prevent the tiles from slipping when they’re installed. Perfect for use with underfloor heating, this underlay dramatically improves sound insulation, reducing in-room noise by up to 30%.
This moisture-proof underlay also provides great sound insulation and is designed specifically for use with laminate or wood flooring. Made from foam, this easy-to-install underlay helps to cover minor subfloor irregularities of 1.5mm and 3.0mm and is suitable for general domestic use.
This underlay for wood and laminate flooring is constructed from a highly dense, heavy-duty synthetic rubber and has a fleece backing to provide extra stability and insulation. With its exceptional resistance to compression, this underlay reduces any risk of flexing, making your wood flooring joints completely secure even if you’re using heavy furniture. Timbersafe is suitable for heavy domestic use around the home.
You may have only ever seen a tog rating on bedding, however it is just as relevant when it comes to underlay. Thickness, density, and composition dictates the tog rating of a carpet or underlay, and they vary widely. A tog rating is a measure of heat insulation and when it comes to flooring, it’s a great indicator of which underlay is good for use with underfloor heating.
The lower the tog rating, the better in these types of scenarios, as more heat can rise up through the flooring and into the room. We would only recommend a maximum tog rating of 2.5 for underlay and carpet combined for use with underfloor heating.
On the other hand, a higher tog rating means greater level of heat insulation. This is perfect for use with conventional heating systems, as less heat gets lost through the floor, keeping rooms cosier.
Underlay shouldn't be seen as optional. It is an integral part of the flooring, essential to the comfort and durability, which means that choosing the right type for your flooring and home is crucial. To find the best underlay for your carpet, vinyl, laminate, or LVT, make sure to make the most of the information provided on this page.