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Why the importance of carpet underlay should not be ignored?

Carpet underlay is often an overlooked but essential part of choosing and installing carpet flooring. Although you can’t see it, carpet underlay plays a considerable role in increasing your carpet’s life, creating a comfortable experience, and ensuring a quality installation.

As a carpet and flooring store in Calgary, we can’t stress enough the importance of choosing a suitable, quality carpet underlay. At the end of this article, you’ll gain a little more knowledge on what a carpet underlay achieves and the options that are available to you.

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What does carpet underlay do?

Carpet underlay is the layer underneath the carpet that makes a difference in the comfort and feel of the carpet itself. Regardless of how soft the carpet is or how thick the backing, imagine walking on a carpet that’s been installed directly on top of concrete or other hard subflooring. The underlay provides that extra padding for a softer feel.

The benefits of carpet underlay, however, don’t only provide more comfort for carpet flooring. Take a look at some of the benefits homeowners enjoy with a quality underlayment.

  • Extra insulation – Carpet underlay adds a layer of insulation, which helps keep the room warmer and cozier. This quality is especially beneficial during cold Calgary winters!
  • Minimizes indentation marks from furniture – An underlay can reduce the indentation marks left from heavy furniture, which helps improve the look of your carpet.
  • Increases longevity – Wear and tear on carpet is inevitable over time, but underlay can protect the carpet and keep it looking new longer.
  • Helps reduce noise – Depending on how thick the underlay is, it can reduce noise from footsteps and furniture.

Different types of carpet underlay

There are a few choices of underlay that carpet stores in Calgary offer, including:

  • Rubber – Although more expensive than other materials, rubber is of the highest quality for cushion and durability.
  • Felt – Constructed from fabric and wool, felt is a cheaper underlay than rubber but is not commonly used today.
  • Foam – This option is more affordable than rubber and made from recycled materials, making it an eco-friendly product.

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