5 popular types of carpet underlay
Not sure which carpet underlay to buy?
If you’ve never shopped for underlay before, or just have zero knowledge on the subject, selecting a product can feel slightly overwhelming. Our online store alone has almost 40 options to choose from, all varying in terms of their composition, characteristics and cost.
So how on earth do you narrow it down to just one?
The first step is to pick a ‘type’ – which, we appreciate, may be easier said than done if you’re new to the world of underlay. But no need to panic buy the first product you see. Our in-house experts are always on hand to offer advice. And to set you on the right track, here we’ve created a brief round-up of the different types of carpet underlay currently available and the benefits of each.
1. Polyurethane (PU) foam carpet underlay
The popular modern-day option
Recommended: Wilsons Plushwalk 12mm
PU foam is now by far the most popular type of underlay available – and it’s easy to understand why.
Its main advantage is comfort.
Made from recycled furniture foam, it creates an extremely luxurious ‘cushioned’ feel underfoot. Various thicknesses are available to suit different budgets. But generally, the thicker it is, the better it will perform. And measuring in at 12mm, Wilsons Plushwalk 12mm is regarded as the ‘best of the best’ – boasting a 3.3 TOG, excellent insulation, and bounce-back memory foam technology.
Luxurious levels of underfoot comfort
Impressive heat insulation
Bounce-back recovery from furniture indents
Lightweight and easy to handle
2. Sponge rubber underlay
The former favourite
Recommended: Tredaire Colours Red 11mm underlay
Rubber underlay has been around for decades. Yet it’s still a very popular choice. In fact, it’s one of our best-sellers here at Carpet Underlay Shop – particularly Tredaire Colours RED by Interfloor Ltd.
Available in a waffled or flat profile, it’s versatile enough to be used in any room of the home. Thanks to its heavyweight yet ‘spongy’ composition, it’s almost (but not quite!) as soft as PU foam varieties. And it also offers an incredible level of support and protection for your carpet.
Super soft feel underfoot, without the ‘bounciness’ of PU foam
Protects the carpet and maximises its lifespan
Excellent acoustic insulation
Good thermal insulation
3. Wool felt underlay
The eco-friendly option
Recommended: Wilsons Wool Felt Underlay
Perfect for customers looking to reduce their impact on the environment. Wool felt underlay is made from 100% recycled materials. No harmful chemicals are used in the manufacturing process and, once the underlay comes to the end of its lifespan, the materials can be recycled again.
Aside from its eco-credentials, this underlay type is also known for its tough, hard-wearing nature. And as such, it’s a fantastic option for high traffic areas – both in the home and commercial spaces.
Eco-friendly and fully recyclable
Outstanding levels of heat and sound insulation
Quick and simple to install
Affordable, starts from just £2.53 per m2
4. Combination wool felt and rubber underlay
The best of both worlds
Recommended: Wilsons Super Velvet Underlay
Compromises are very rarely a desirable thing. But combination underlay is the exception that proves the rule. Just as the name suggests, it’s made from a combination of wool felt and crumb rubber – and brings the main benefits of each together into one high-performance product.
Not only is it extremely durable – providing excellent support and protection for your carpet – it’s also very soft underfoot. And as a result, it’s a popular luxury option for many home projects.
Great level of durability
Soft underfoot comfort
Eco-friendly yet also practical
Excels in reducing impact and airborne noise
High TOG rating
5. Double stick underlay
The heavy-duty one
Recommended: Duralay Durafit 650
It is possible to use double stick underlay for domestic purposes, and many people do. However, it’s best suited to commercial projects and contract installations – where the new flooring will be subject to a heavy and constant stream of day-to-day footfall and wheeled traffic.
As the underlay is fitted by sticking it both to the subfloor and the flooring cover, this creates greater stability and prevents unwanted movement (e.g. bumps, ripples etc.) over time. And typically made from PU foam or crumb rubber, it’s a highly robust option that can withstand lots of wear and tear.
Heavy-duty strength and durability
Good level of comfort
Impact sound reduction and thermal insulation
Quick and easy double stick installation
Still feeling confused?
If you have a question about the various types of carpet underlay available in our store, or would like tailored advice on the best option for your needs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
As a UK leading supplier, not only do we stock a wide range of products, but our knowledge is pretty amazing too. And after a quick chat about your project, we can point you in the right direction – recommending both the ideal underlay type and the best underlay for you within that category.
Just give us a call on 0203 887 0994. We’re happy to help at any time. Or if you prefer, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.
- Alex Illidge