Carpet Underlay Padding


Carpet Underlay Padding

Although carpet underlay padding is mostly out of sight and out of mind, it is the unsung hero of any carpet install. The right carpet underlay protects your carpet from wear and adds unmatched comfort to any room. It acts as insulation and to tell the truth, can even extend warranties.

The underlay absorbs the damage of heavy foot traffic, as a result, protects the underside of your carpet from abrasion against the subfloor. Also, it helps to insulate your home against cold and noise and makes your carpet feel softer and more vibrant. However, there are quite a few different types of carpet padding, and you must choose the right underlay for your carpet. In particular, common materials used include rubber, urethane, felt, and memory foam, as well as various combinations of these materials.

Carpet underlay is usually a foam underlay specifically designed for installation under the broadloom carpet. It serves several uses such as insulation, acoustics, support, and comfort. Most carpet underlay is made up of polyurethane foam – the same stuff that’s in furniture, mattresses, and even car seats. This foam offers support to your carpet, allowing it to last longer in your home.

Types of Carpet Underlay 

There are many different types of carpet underlay available today to accommodate all the various carpet types and styles. But before you choose, firstly, you need to know a few things about what makes one carpet underlay better than another. The quality is always determined by the materials used to manufacture it, the density rating and thickness. A specific type, thickness, and density of carpet underlay are required by every carpet manufacturer to maintain your carpet warranty. For most residential carpets, a 7/16″ width is most common.

Carpet underlay is the foundation of a carpet. It is essential to have the proper selection of your carpet’s padding since this is part of your home. You need to understand that there are five types of carpet underlay:auckland carpet cleaning

  • Rebond
  • Foam
  • Rubber or Slab Flat
  • Wool or Fibre

Rebond Underlay Padding

This type of carpet underlay padding is most common in the residential setting. as a matter of fact, it is made from recycled materials. This is mainly recycled urethane foam and is multicoloured. Rebond underlay is available everywhere and in almost every thickness and density. it does a good job supporting your carpet and in addition, is reasonably priced. this is the most economical choice for your home, rental or office. 2-4 kg density is typical although I prefer at least 3kg of carpet underlay density for residential homes and especially on stairs. 8 pound gives excellent support for households with active kids too.

Foam Carpet Underlay

This type of carpet is in fact often very inexpensive and lightweight. if a retail store tries to give you free underlay with your carpet purchase, this is usually what they plan to provide you wit. however, this type of carpet underlay will not tolerate much traffic.

Rubber Underlay Waffle or slab flat

We seldom recommend using a rubber waffle underlay in residential houses. Rebond carpet underlay is a much more economical choice and it does a great job at supporting your carpet as long as the correct thickness and density ar selected.  Rubber slab underlay is often used in commercial applications over concrete. Although, waffle rubber carpet padding saw it’s the height of popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. This style of carpet pad consists of spongy material shaped like a waffle on its surface. The main selling point for waffle rubber is its softness underfoot. The sponge rubber is likewise sensitive to heat and can easily be damaged by dry cleaning solvents. Concerning foam rubber, they are insect-proof, mildew proof and non-allergenic.

Wool or Fibre Underlay Padding

These types of natural wool or synthetic underlay are used primarily for Berbers and commercial carpets. They are very dense, breath well and are not spongy at all. They are made from recycled or shredded fabrics or natural wool.

Specialized carpet Underlay for pet urine problems:

Moisture barrier underlay for pads, pet odour. 

Some carpet salespeople may try to convince you to upgrade your order with a specialty underlay that has claims of being able to eliminate odours or have a moisture barrier surface that will help with pet accidents.


Although carpet underlay is mostly out of sight and out of mind, it is certainly the unsung hero of any carpet install. The right carpet underlay protects your carpet from wear, Adds comfort to any room, acts as insulation and can even extend warranties. Steam ‘n’ Dry also stocks many inexpensive underlay such as foam chip, rubber woof or slab, wool, jute has purpose types. Our experts at Steam ‘n’ Dry Auckland Carpet laying & repairs service are equipped with carpet underlay and moisture barriers that prevent spills from reaching the subfloor.

Carpet underlay such as foam chip, rubber woof or slab, wool, jute has purpose types—experts Steam ‘n’ Dry Auckland Carpet laying & repairs service. Call the Experts Steam ‘n’ Dry Auckland

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