Instead, you’ll want to pick out some new underlay to go with your brand new carpets. Which type of underlay you choose will be determined by several factors such as:
1. The type of carpet you’re placing on top
Your choice of carpet won’t have a huge amount of influence on the type of underlay you need. However, if you’ve opted for a thinner carpet, you may want to choose a slightly thicker underlay. This will provide extra cushioning without compromising on the style of your carpet.
Felt underlay can be one of the best underlays for wool carpets if you’re considering them for areas like bedrooms, hallways or stairwells. This is because felt underlay provides a great level of comfort underfoot and will prevent the wool carpet from flattening out.
2. The type of floor it will sit on
Is your carpet going on top of a concrete floor or perhaps in a room with underfloor heating? These factors will determine the type of underlay you choose as you’ll want to go for one that provides the correct level of insulation, soundproofing and shock absorbency.
Sponge rubber underlay is a great option for harder floors as it’s hard wearing and provides plenty of insulation if the floor is made of a cold material like concrete.
3. Which room you’re placing it in
You should try to choose the correct underlay to suit the purpose of the room if possible. Are you re-carpeting a bedroom or are you re-doing the carpet on your staircase? You’ll want an underlay that’s good at insulating and cuts out noise for the former, while the latter requires an underlay that’s versatile and easy to install on difficult surfaces.
Furnishings will also affect your underlay choice as you’ll want to protect your carpet from becoming permanently indented by heavy items. Denser underlays like crumb rubber and smooth rubber are ideal for this.