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Buying a Carpet Underlay: 5 Tips

Updated on December 1, 2011

Carpet Underlay: 5 Tips

Carpet underlay may also be called carpet padding or carpet cushioning. Buying just the right type of carpet underlay will give your wall-to-wall carpeting a softer and more luxurious feel. It will also prolong the life of the carpet, which will save money in the long run.

Below are 5 tips to consider when shopping for carpet underlay.

1 - Function of the Underlay -

The carpet underlay will work as a shock absorber and absorbs all foot traffic. This allows the carpet to readily bounce back into shape. The carpet underlay will also improve thermal insulation because it helps retain heat.

2 - Types of Underlay Materials -

Carpet underlays are made in a variety of materials, thicknesses and density. This includes urethane, slab rubber, waffle rubber, fiber, foam and rebond padding.

3 - Save Cash -

There is no need to purchase a carpet underlay that is too thick. This has the damaging effect of stretching carpet fibers and causing premature wear and tear in the carpet.

4 - Benefits of a Carpet Underlay -

Using a carpet underlay helps to remove dirt when you vacuum the carpeting. This is because the underlay allows more air to be sucked up, thereby insuring maximum cleaning power.

5 - Conceal Irregularities -

A carpet with a separate carpet underlay will conceal surface irregulatities. This will allow for less floor preparation when carpeting is installed.

For more home tips, see links below:

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    • Pinkchic18 profile image

      Sarah Carlsley 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      This is very helpful, thank you for the great tips!

    • Veronica Allen profile image

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      You know I never knew the importance of carpet underlays so this was very eyeopening.

    • prasetio30 profile image


      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good information form you. I believe we all love to follow your tips. Thank you very much.


    • anglnwu profile image


      8 years ago

      As usual, you give good tips. This information will come in handy when I next put in new carpets. Rated useful.

    • theherbivorehippi profile image


      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      This is very interesting. I never would have known! You know, I plan on hopefully buying a nice old farm house with a lot of character and of may need carpet. I never would have known the importance of the underlay! Thanks!

    • CountryCityWoman profile image


      8 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

      Yessiree it makes all the difference. Those carpet squares just do not feel good - sure you can easily install them but they have no backing - so what's the point. No luxury there. Even a rug needs a padding of some sort.

      Thanks for the information! Useful hubs. Rated up!


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