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Do I need underlay when fitting a new carpet?

We spend so much time choosing a new carpet, that it can be easy to forget about the underlay, but actually the underlay is just as important, if not more so, than the carpet itself.

Professional carpet fitting is essential for smooth carpets that look great and stand the test of time and this relies on proper preparation of the sub floor and a good quality underlay.

Far from being an unnecessary extra, underlay has a range of benefits, which we’ll explore in this article.

As professional carpet fitters in Tamworth, we want your carpets to have the best treatment and investing that bit extra on proper fitting at the outset will definitely pay off in the long run.

So, if you’re unsure whether or not to invest in underlay, here are a few factors to consider.

What is underlay?

Simply put, underlay is a protective layer of material that is fitted underneath your carpet, directly onto the sub floor. It is softer than the fibres of a carpet and is usually made of materials such as foam, waffle or felt.

What does it do?

Underlay acts as a protective layer between the floor and your carpet and it has a variety of purposes.

Protecting your carpet from below

If you’ve splashed out hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds on a plush new carpet, investing in underlay will ensure it lasts longer and looks better. By acting as a barrier, underlay will help protect your carpet against wear and tear from the floor underneath, which could be something like a rough concrete floor or ridged floorboards that are at risj of splintering.

It will also protect your carpet from any damp or moisture that might seep into the subfloor and then cause unwanted smells and damage to the underneath of your new carpet.

Protecting your carpet from above

A decent underlay makes your carpet much more spongey and acts like a type of shock absorber. This will help keep the carpet nice and bouncy and prevent flattening from heavy footfall and weighty furniture. These features all serve to protect your carpet from wear and tear and keep it looking better, longer, which saves you money in the long run.


The bouncy, spongey feeling mentioned above is not just great for practical reasons, it also makes your carpet feel much nicer underfoot, which is great when you come inside and kick your shoes off after a busy day.

Minimising noise

A good quality underlay also helps reduce noise levels from people walking around upstairs, music, TV and moving furniture and so on, especially where the floor underneath is wood.

Improving insulation

Underlay is also great for improving the insulation of your home. Fitting underlay underneath your carpet ensures that every nook and cranny is filled to stop cold air from coming in and to stop all your lovely warm air from getting out. This is an important part of improving the overall energy efficiency of your home and can help reduce your heating bills.

Choosing the right underlay

There are many different types of underlay and which to choose will depend on the type of subfloor, what the room will be used for and how much insulation you want.

But don’t worry, Carpet Surgeon can help with all aspects of your professional carpet fitting, including advising on the best type of underlay to complement your carpet to ensure it gets the respect it deserves.

Fast and affordable carpet fitting in Tamworth

Our professional carpet fitters will fit your new carpet quickly and efficiently with minimum disruption to your family or business. Our decades of experience mean we will be in and out in no time, leaving you with a beautifully-fitted carpet that looks great and will last.

If you need a carpet fitting in Tamworth or the surrounding areas, contact Carpet Surgeon or call us on 01827 261 782.

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