Float On The Best

There are various high quality carpet underlay manufacturers to be found here and one of the best is known as cloud 9 underlay.

Cloud 9 is an expression that has many popular meanings but mostly it conveys the very best quality. The origins of the expression are not very clear and there are various interpretations with some believing it refers to the ninth state of goodness in the Buddhist faith where ten is the final moment one enters heaven.

On the other hand it also may refer to the height levels of those big white and fluffy cumulous clouds on an otherwise bright blue sky where 9 is the absolute peak of the cloud usually over thirty thousand feet.

There are even further interpretations of the origin but you will have got the drift that cloud 9 means excellence and even euphoria.

The same can be said with the cloud 9 range of underlay which can be bought here at greatly discounted prices because you are paying the wholesale price and not retail.

When changing your carpets it is essential that the old underlayis also removed and thrown away. No matter how tempted you may be to keep it the fact is it will almost certainly have lost its spring and will undoubtedly be damaged by spillage through the old carpet.

Once the old underlay is thrown out the floor should be checked and cleaned before the new one is laid.

If the floor is comprised of wooden floorboards then this is a perfect moment to carefully prise up a couple and check with a torch and a handheld mirror the state of things below these boards throughout the room.

If there is old electrical wiring there then it may be the right time to replace it with new. In fact, if a property is being prepared for letting then there is a legal obligation to replace old wiring.

Once the boards are replaced and a walkabout reveals no uneven or creaking boards the time has come to give the floor a thorough vacuum clean to pick up any little dust mites.

It is often advisable to line the floor with paper before laying the new underlay and this paper is also available in rolls from here.

There is an easy to use tool online to help you work out the exact amount of underlay you will need for the room and this is handy with awkwardly shaped rooms with alcoves and fireplaces and so on.

With the known area in square metres do remember that it is still cheaper to order complete rolls. This may mean there is a little left over but it generally still works out cheaper than the cost of having it cut to measure before despatch.

There are a number of different thicknesses and types of underlay within the cloud 9 range products so take a look at the descriptions to suit your particular needs and if in doubt there are always staff on hand to answer any queries.

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Save Yourself Some Money

Buying carpet underlay here obviously makes a lot of sense over buying from your local carpet store as here you get wholesale prices and direct home delivery.

Because of the volume of stock held at this company’s main store and distribution centre, savings can be passed on to the customer and these can be considerable.

The site is a delight to navigate and every type of underlay is clearly photographed and prices very clearly displayed. It also helps you choose the right type of bargain cheap carpet underlay for your particular application.

There are four main types of underlay and they include felt, PU foam, rubber and a separate type where under-floor heating is involved. The other main considerations are the softness, firmness as well as sound proof aspects of the underlay.

In many homes and particularly apartments, it is wise to have a good sound proofing underlay and with thickness of most underlay brands available here running from 8mm to 12mm there is plenty of scope but the floor type and carpet type should also come into the equation.

There is a handy tool on the website that helps you calculate the amount of underlay you will require and this is particularly useful with odd shaped floor space. Having worked out the amount required it is then worth considering ordering by the roll as ordering by the square metre is slightly more expensive for the sole reason it has to be cut and sometimes creates waste.

Now that you have decided to buy the underlay direct from this source and save considerable money, think about the additional savings you can make on auxiliary items like the gripper rods, door plates, tape and glue.

You may even want to buy the carpet fitting kit on offer but before you do that you should know that a good fitting carpet cannot be achieved easily by amateurs.

If you are fitting carpets throughout the house in a newly acquired property and you are a fit and handy sort of person then why not consider adding to your skills by going on one of the local three or four day carpet fitting courses?

With this skill under your belt you can buy the fitting equipment here and have the satisfaction of doing it all yourself.

With the great savings here on underlay, grippers and other items that enable professional fitting, it stands to reason that other sites on the internet will be offering some excellent discount carpets.

Buy your underlay online here with all the extras and your carpet from an online carpet wholesaler and you could save a fortune with your newly found skill as a fitter.

As one final tip when renewing carpets in the home, do not be tempted to re-use the existing underlay! The fact is that the newer the underlay the more efficient it is and in any case, there will be bugs galore in the old and nothing in the new.

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What Are the Benefits of Using Carpet Underlay?

Carpet underlay, which is also called carpet padding or carpet cushioning, is a layer of material placed under a carpet. It comes in a variety of materials, including foam, rubber and felt and it plays an important role. Depending on the underlay, it may provide greater levels of insulation, may protect against wear and tear, may increase the comfort of the carpet, and may offer better acoustics. Without underlay, carpets quickly become dull, losing much of their original charm.  Below, we are going to consider the benefits of underlay in greater depth.

Money Savings

It is probably fair to say, that although we are out of recession, many of us continue to struggle living pay-check to pay-check. We need to make savings wherever possible, and underlay can help us to do this in several ways. One thing that we want to clarify is that although the initial cost of the underlay outweighs any savings, it is the savings over time that is important. Over the life of the underlay, it will recoup costs, and here’s how:

  1. A good carpet underlay will help to protect the carpet. This means that the carpet will show fewer signs of wear and tear, and consequently will need replacing less quickly. Therefore, over time, you will purchase fewer carpets if you buy underlay than if you do not buy underlay.
  2. An underlay that offers a good level of insulation – which in the world of underlay is measured in tog – will save you money on your utility bills. During colder weather, it will help to keep warmth inside the property, and during the warmer weather, it will prevent the cool air from escaping. With the increasing cost of energy, this should come as a welcome relief to many. 

Locking the World Out

Our homes are often our sanctuaries from the hustle and bustle of the big wide world. It’s nice to spend time at home without being reminded of the craziness that lies just outside the front door. Underlay helps to lock the world out by acting as a soundproof barrier. It keeps noises to a minimum. It’s not just the outside world it locks out, it also dampens internal noises, such as heavy footsteps on the stairs, or crash, bang, wallops from the children’s rooms.

Protecting Against Damp

Some properties become extremely damp. This is especially true of old buildings that were constructed into the ground – as some of the thatch cottages are – and new builds that are made of concrete. If you have ever lived in a damp home then you will appreciate just how annoying it can be to keep on top of mildew, mould and rot. It can make everything smell damp, from clothing to furniture.

When you buy underlay, you can help to protect yourself from the problem of damp. Some types of underlay act as a moisture barrier between the main room and the sub floor. This helps to prevent damp from rising through the floors, and therefore helps to prevent the problems associated with damp.

Understanding the Different Types of Carpet Underlay and Their Benefits

When people buy flooring, whether carpets, laminates or hardwood, they usually buy underlay, too. This is because underlay helps to support the floor and protect from wear and tear; it has many other benefits, too. However, it can be confusing to buy, because there are so many different types. For instance, when you buy underlay it could be waffled, insulating, heavy duty, etc. and this goes for any type of underlay. Here, we are going to look at the various types of underlay and explain some of the features that they have.

Underlay is known by several different names, including carpet cushioning and carpet padding. It is important that you understand this, or the whole matter just becomes increasingly complicated. They are interchangeable terms, with underlay being the preferred term in the UK, and carpet padding the preferred term in the US. Underlay can be used under rugs and mats, too.

Underlay come in a wide range of materials, which include foam, crumb, felt, sponge and rubber. Each type of material will offer slightly different benefits. For example, the felt underlays are known for providing high levels of protection against wear and tear. They are extremely heavy duty, and for this reason, are often used in premises that see a lot of foot traffic, such as schools, offices, cinemas, museums, etc., but are found with less frequency in residential homes as it tends to offer less comfort than other underlays, such as rubber and foam.

Underlay acts as a cushion between the subfloor (the structural floor) and the carpet/laminate/floorboards. Depending on the subfloor, the underlay can act as a shock absorber, as insulation, as soundproof material and as a noise reducer. Different types of underlay are better at offering the different features. For example, the rubber underlays usually offer superior insulation and soundproofing, but they may not be so good at protecting the floor from moisture (although you can find specialist rubber underlay that also act as a moisture barrier).

The three main types of underlay are waffle rubber underlay, polyurethane foam, and under-floor heating. It is important to note that if you have under floor heating, the only underlay that you should be buying is one that clearly states that it is designed for under floor heating systems. This is because an insulating, non-compatible, underlay will trap heat between the subfloor and the carpet (or laminate, or floorboards). The heat will not rise as easily as it should, and you will require more energy to heat the room. In other words, your electricity or gas bill will increase.

After deciding the type of underlay you need for your floor and carpet, you need to consider three more things:

  1. The thickness of the underlay: thickness is measured in millimetre. The thicker the carpet the bouncier it is, and the more comfortable it is under foot.
  2. The insulation it offers. This is measured in tog. The higher the tog, the more insulating the underlay.
  3. The density of the underlay: the denser it is, the better it protects against wear and tear. 

We hope that you now have a better understanding of the different types of underlay and its different features.

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How Do You Choose Underlay?

If you are thinking about buying underlay, then you probably realise just how many different types of underlay there are. With so much choice, it can be difficult to make the best decision. Do not worry if this sounds familiar, because we are here to help. Below, we are going to help you to understand how to choose underlay.

The first thing that you need to think about is what you want from your carpets. Once you know how you want to use your carpet then you can make a better choice in flooring underlay. Some of the questions that you should ask include:

  • Do you want the carpet to last a long time?
  • Do you want the carpet to be comfortable underfoot?
  • Do you want the carpet to be warm?
  • Do you want the carpet to be soundproof?
  • Do you want the carpet to protect from damp?
  • Will the carpet see a lot of foot traffic?
  • How much time do you want to spend on maintenance? 

The answer to all of the above questions will lead to different types of underlay. You can find underlays that address all of the above questions in one. Other types of underlay may address some of the problems, but not others. For instance, you may be able to find a comfortable underlay, but it may be less hardwearing; at the same time, you can find comfortable underlays that are also hardwearing.

In a domestic property, the main concerns are usually comfort, warmth and wear and tear. There are several things to consider here, though:

  1. What is your sub floors made of? If your subfloors are made of concrete then you will usually have to buy a moisture barrier underlay. The only exception here is if there is under floor heating, or if the room is located above the ground floor (-although they may still require a moisture barrier if you suffer from a lot of damp).
  2. Is one of your main concerns the appearance of the carpet? Some people buy carpets because they look nice, others buy it because they know that it will last a long time. Both require different types of underlay. For instance, if you want the carpet to last a long time it is important to buy a high density flooring underlay. High density is still important for a comfortable carpet, but a comfortable carpet must also be thick, so that it provides bounce. 

When buying underlay it can get confusing because it goes by several different names:

  • Underlay
  • Carpet padding
  • Carpet cushioning
  • Floor cushioning
  • Floor padding 

You will also find that there are several different types of material, including:

  • Polyurethane
  • Foam
  • Rubber
  • Felt

Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. The good thing, though, is that most carpet manufactures recommend a specific type underlay, so if in doubt ask your retailer or the manufacturer of the carpet, because they will be able to advise you as the most suitable type of underlay.

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Which Type Of Underlay Should You Use?

If you are buying underlay online, then you might become confused by the many types on sale. When buying directly from a retailer in a bricks and mortar shop, you have the luxury of being able to talk to someone who understands underlay carpet. Online, though, you are often on your own, and this makes it difficult to make a decision. Here, we have provided you with a quick guideline to help you make the right decision.

Why Must You Use A Certain Type of Underlay for Certain Types of Floor?

Different types of underlay will have different properties and using the wrong type for the floor can cause issues, some of which can be quite serious. For example, in homes that have under floor heating it is necessary to buy specialist underlay that can conduct heat so that the heat can reach the home. If you were to purchase an insulating underlay with under floor heating then it would prevent the heat from rising into the room.

What If Money is a Problem

We’ve just come out of the worst recession in many of our memories. Most of us continue to struggle to make ends meet. It is getting better, but it still means that we need to make savings where possible. Fortunately, it is possible to buy underlay for budget prices. Budget underlay may not offer quite as many benefits as a more expensive underlay, but it will still provide adequate protection, warmth and soundproofing.

Underlay for Under Floor Heating

As mentioned above, you will need a specialist underlay if you have under floor heating. This underlay will help to conduct heat from the floor and into the room. If were to use a normal underlay then heat would become trapped between the subfloor and the underlay. This is because normal underlay is insulating – it prevents air from escaping and entering the room. People often assume ‘insulating’ means warm, but that’s not what it means. Insulating means that it keeps the inside air inside and prevents outside air from getting in.

Concrete Subfloors

Concrete, and other types of, subfloor can often collect moisture, which in turn leads to damp. It is important that a moisture barrier is placed between carpets, laminate and hard floor, and the subfloor. Otherwise, the upper floor (e.g. carpet, hard wood floor, laminate) will get damp and rot. If you have concrete floors, you need a moisture barrier – especially for ground level rooms. Equally, if your house is damp in general, even if you don’t have concrete floors, then you will need a moisture barrier to help reduce damp.

There are many other considerations to take into account when choosing underlay and it is always wroth talking to a specialist underlay retailer. If you are doing this online, simply send an email with your questions and most retailers will be more than happy to help.

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How To Choose The Right Type Of Trim For Your Carpets?

th41357310699single bothThe internet is replete with information about choosing the right carpet and the right underlay. You can learn about the best types of underlay/carpet to lie on concrete floors, on wooden floors, on any type of floor. You can find out which types of carpet/underlay offer the best comfort, have the greatest longevity, are the most robust, etc. but there are very few articles that discuss the importance of choosing the right carpet trim, or carpet strips, as they are known in the industry. Well, we are going to change this: below, we are going to consider carpet strips and how to choose them.

The first thing that we have to do is to explain what we mean by carpet trim/strips. If you look at a well-laid carpet, you will notice that there is trim around the edge of the room – where the wall or skirting board touches the carpet. With a poorly laid carpet, you should at least notice trim at the doorways. With a very badly laid carpet, you won’t notice anything! Anyway, the strips that should be at the edge of the carpet are the carpet trims. These are there in order to prevent the carpet from moving. They basically keep carpets in place.

Some of them may be nailed into the floor; others may have special teeth that are used to secure them. The defence in the type of security is often due to the type of subfloor. For example, you can nail a carpet trim into a concrete floor without potentially damaging the floor, in this case, it may be better to use an adhesive. Alternatively, an adhesive may ruin a wooden floor, but nails may be appropriate. The first thing that you have to think about when buying carpet trim, therefore, is the type of floor that you have. It is important that you match the floor and the trim, or you will run into problems further down the line.

Often, the carpet trim is on show for all to see, and this is the reason why some people avoid using it. It can interfere with the room’s interior design, and look out of place. It is important, therefore, and then you think about the style that you are opting for when you choose your carpet trim. There are many different styles on offer, but if you cannot find a suitable style, then simply use a trim that can be hidden. The important thing is that you do not neglect the trim all together – it is important in maintaining the appearance of the carpet.

A Few Tips When Fitting Carpet Strips

  •  Get your measurements right. Nothing will ruin your carpet faster than attaching carpet trim and then realizing that it does not fit the carpet. You must measure, measure, and measure. You can trim the strips down, but you cannot make them longer, so make sure you buy longer strips than you need.
  • Bring home samples to test before you make your choice. You can match the samples to the carpet, see how they look before you buy them, and avoid making expensive mistakes.