Friday, August 24, 2012

Underlays Usage for Rugs

Rug underlays act like foundations of a building. A good underlay is of a vital importance as it can help in extending the life of your rug by about 40%. It helps to reduce the noise effects as well as make the feel of the rug softer and cosier. With new carpets which are secondary or jute backed an underlay is an essential layer for the floor. Although textile and felt backed rugs can be laid directly on to the floor, they increase heat loss of the rooms through the floor and don't give a very comfortable feeling. Furthermore, laying down carpets without an underlay means that you cannot use the gripper to stretch he carpet according to the shape of the room and it could leave a much unfinished look to the entire installation. Some benefits of installing a rug underlay are:

    It holds the rugs firmly in the place.

    It can extend the life of your rug.

    It reduces any noise reflection from the surface of the floor.

    It acts as a thermal barrier and does not allow the room heat to escape through the floor.

    It helps in preventing any foundation damage to the floor.

    It provides a soft and cosy feel to walk on.

    It provides protection from any hazards of tripping and falling by cushioning, thus making your floor skid-proof.

    These underlay fabrics are designed to last and hence do not shed, tear or crumble.

    It is absolutely harmless to carpets and floors alike.

    They are odourless thus preventing any odour or foul smell to accumulate on your rug.

    They are extremely easy to install.

Different Types of Rug Underlays

There are many kinds of rug underlays available and you can choose the one which suits your needs the most. Here are a few most common in use:

    Foam Underlay: This is the most sold and popular underlay. These are made out of recycles sponge which are covered with a protective covering of sawdust, compost, or paper and then compressed together with steam. After the process it is cut into various thicknesses of 7mm, 9mm and 11mm. The benefit of this underlay is its soft, absorbs sound and gives thermal insulation. The only disadvantage is that it cannot be recycled.

    Wool Felt Underlay: Although fairly new, because of its extremely high comfort and thermal qualities, this underlay is catching up pretty quickly. Inspired from the traditional underlays of jute and hessian fibres - which were not very comfortable, these are made out of a softer material - wool. The advantages of this underlay are it gives very high thermal insulation thereby reducing electricity bills, reduces noise considerably, gives a softer walking experience, is environment friendly and cheaper than other types of underlays.

    Rubber Underlay: This underlay is now much in decline with the introduction of foam and wool underlays, but was most commonly used in the past decades. The flat textured sponge in these give a more firm grip and does not compress. The advantages of this are its firmness, high noise reduction and long lasting. The downside is it can't be recycled, is expensive and has very poor heat retention.

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