Our PU foam and sponge rubber underlays contain air pockets for extra springiness
Studies suggest that a new underlay can reduce energy costs by up to 15%
Underlay protects your carpet and keeps it looking new for its lifetime
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.