Why does underlayment matter for residential uses?

Residential Uses Diagram


Premium underlay for sumptuous comfort and superb heat insulation. We recommend Colours Red or Sensation.

Staircase & Landing

Staircase & Landing

High traffic and high impact require hardwearing underlay, a dense crumb rubber underlay is ideal for these areas. We recommend Treadmore.

Master Bedroom

Master bedroom

Choose from our premium luxurious underlays for the ultimate in comfort. We recommend Dreamwalk.



Specialist underlays to support wood & laminate flooring joints and reduce in-room noise by up to 30%. We recommend Silentfloor Gold by Duralay.

Dining Room

Dining Room

Protect your carpet from heavy furniture and high traffic with one of our dense crumb rubber underlays. We recommend System Ten or Treadmore.

Other Bedroom

Other bedroom

For rooms with less traffic try our economical range of underlays to suit all budgets. We recommend Zest.

Why Tredaire?

The best in comfort

Our PU foam and sponge rubber underlays contain air pockets for extra springiness

Environmentally friendly

Studies suggest that a new underlay can reduce energy costs by up to 15%

Carpets look better

Underlay protects your carpet and keeps it looking new for its lifetime


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Does underlayment matter?

As you can see from the above diagram, Yes underlayment matters for most flooring installations! Quality underlayment brings a range of benefits for your home. Our Tradaire range is renowned for providing luxurious underfoot comfort.

Underlayment matters because heat insulation is enhanced

Usually, the most comfortable underlays are the warmest too! An underlay with a high tog rating prevents warm air escaping and acts as a barrier to letting cold air in. This can make a big difference if your subfloor is made from a cold material like concrete, or if you have draughty floorboards. You could even experience a reduction in your energy bills.

Because noise is reduced

Noise-reducing underlays help soften the sounds of heavy footsteps and other noise inside the room. The design of sound reducing underlays also prevents transference sounds to the rooms below. Sound reduction underlay is ideal in locations where reducing sound is crucial. These are areas such as busy apartments and rooms in homes where children play loudly.

Underlay matters because high impact areas are protected

A high impact area is a zone which receives a lot of foot traffic. For example, living rooms or the stairs. The stairs are the most likely area in your house to experience the most footfall. This can take a toll on your carpet. But a high impact underlay can protect it as well as preventing against impact sound and offering a good level of comfort.

Carpets are protected from damage & heavy furniture

When underlay is used, it absorbs all the pressure applied to your carpet from heavy feet and furniture. This makes your flooring luxuriously comfortable underfoot and extends the lifespan of your carpet. Acting as a shock absorber, it helps your carpet retain its spring, so it bounces back for longer.

Underlayment matters because your flooring is protected against moisture.

When underlay is installed on a cold or damp sub-floor, it is important to install a vapour barrier with it. This moisture barrier will prevent any moisture coming up from the subfloor and soaking into the flooring, which helps extend the lifespan of your flooring.

Extra comfort with underfloor heating

If you have underfloor heating, an underlay with a low tog rating will increase your underfoot comfort and enable sufficient heat to flow into the room through the flooring.

Subfloor imperfections are unnoticeable

Especially with a hardwood floor, an underlay helps to iron out any imperfections on the sub-floor as well as protecting the joints.

Now you know a little bit more about why underlay matters, the visual guide above should help you choose the ideal underlayment for your home or development project.