Underlay is not just used to create a layer of cushioning under your flooring or carpet, but there are many reasons for its use; such as insulation, prevention of wear on your floor covering, being just a few reasons. It is very common to have underlay fitted under your flooring; it is a very cost effective way of saving money whilst making your home feel cosy and warm. Underlay is often made from various types of materials for many different circumstances.
What is Underlay
Manufacturers have created many different types of underlay with the use of rubber, sponger, PU (granulated compressed) foam and crumb rubber; for both domestic and commercial use. These materials have to been tested to ensure they protect, reduce wear and tear, insulate against the cold and damp. If you are environmentally-minded, there are products which are made from recycleable. The layer made up of these materials are laid underneath either wood, laminate or carpet for example and creates, in the first instance, a plush feeling under the feet as well as durability.
Benefits & Cost -saving
An underlay with a sponge rubber finish is recommended if you live in accommodation which has occupants residing above or below you; any noise from your neighbours would be reduced considerably. Underlay will give you a feeling of comfort, as it has the ability to create and reserve heat in your home. Therefore, it will help prevent any damp and moisture developing in your home. During the winter months, you will be happy that you decided to invest in this simple, yet essential product in your home. Underlay cannot be laid beneath under-floor heating.
Investing in your underlay will be just as important as finding the best source of heating in your property. Getting the right type of underlay for your property will have a positive advantage to common problems such as damp and cold insulation. Instead of purchasing expensive flooring for your property, you must look at the bigger picture; spend more money on your underlay than your flooring. You are able to save money buying a slightly thinner and less expensive carpet and the best underlay.
Downsides of not having Underlay
Laying your carpet without any underlay will result in your carpet having to be replaced a lot sooner than if you did have it laid. It makes sense to invest in quality underlay rather than invest in expensive flooring. Over time, any flooring without underlay is more likely to shift cr
eating rolls and bubbles. Likewise, should you move into a property with its existing flooring and underlay like to be it may be cracked and have evidence of mites.
Special equipment must be used to install underlay. The floor should be dry and the appropriate underlay used; it is then secured to the subfloor by screws for the best hold. The seam of the underlay needs to lie securely against each other to prevent any lifting. A professional fitter is recommended to provide the best finish.
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