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UNDERLAY

TECHNICAL INFORMATION ON UNDERLAYS

Underlay is as important as the flooring on top, it shapes how flooring feels, wears and looks.  At NC&F  we like to inform you of all types of underlay, their positives and negatives and the benefits you will get from the right underlay for your flooring.

A important part of most flooring purchases is underlay its going on. The right underlay will increase the comfort level of your flooring, as well as the lifespan of carpet by a Massive 30 – 50%. It acts as a shock absorber, protecting flooring from the wear and tear of everyday use.  Keeping your flooring  looking and feeling fabulous.

Some companies will say you always need new underlay under a new Carpet. But at NC&F we try to advise you on the quality of underlay that you have down, also remaining life span of that underlay. Yes new underlay is always the best way, but not always necessary.

 

 

What does a underlay do

Acts like a shock absorber, gives a cushioned depth of comfort underfoot. A insulator, Can save you money. Soundproofing. Some also act as moisture barrier. Can cover minor imperfections in the floor.

Different Types of Underlay

PU (polyurethane) foam
The markets most popular underlay.  The foam provides excellent comfort and performance levels with lots of thickness options and densities – and its light weight .The product can be recycled again after use.

Crumb
Flat and dense, crumb rubber is good for heavy footfall- offering maximum protection but less comfort then say a PU, It's  very good over stair nosings and caster chairs.

Sponge rubber
Available in flat or waffle patterns in a wide range of weights for different applications. It performs well for comfort and has a durable spring retention.

Combination A rubber crumb base with a felt top layer offers a good combination of protection, durability and comfort. It also allows carpet with seaming to bed into the top felt.

Felt This traditional (but environmentally friendly) underlay is made from recycled fibres, wool, jute and synthetic  to create a firm, dense pad with excellent thermal insulation. Still a very popular choice among contractors when stretch fitting woven carpets.

 

Underfloor heating underlay
Most manufacturers offer specialised products. Underlay and carpet with a combined tog rating up to 2.5 can be used

Laminate underlay
It is always recommended to purchase a good quality underlay with laminate flooring, improving the acoustic performance of the floor and helping the boards float above any imperfections in the sub-surface, also can come with a moisture barrier built in.

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ESSENTIALS 10 UNDERLAY

  • High Performance Underlay
  • 10mm
  • Medium Density Plus
  • Increases the life of your carpet
  • Good comfort
  • Lasting performance
  • Keeps rooms warmer with a tog rating of 2.40
  • Good sound absorption
  • Suitable for all rooms of your home
  • Meets BS Standards
  • Reduces noise with an impact sound rating of 38dB

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VERVE UNDERLAY

  • High Performance Underlay
  • 9mm
  • Super High Density Plus
  • Increases the life of your carpet
  • Great comfort
  • Lasting performance
  • Keeps rooms warmer with a tog rating of 2.52
  • Exceeds BS standards
  • Uses recycled foam and completely recyclable after its long use
  • L/U Luxury Use
  • Reduces noise with an impact sound rating of 40dB

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SUPREME UNDERLAY

  • High Performance Underlay
  • 11mm
  • Super High Density Plus
  • Including mesh grid for extra stability
  • Increases the life of your carpet
  • Superb comfort
  • Extra Long lasting performance
  • Keeps rooms warmer with a tog rating of 2.89
  • Excellent sound absorption
  • Suitable for all rooms of your home
  • Exceeds BS Standards
  • Reduces noise with an impact sound rating of 43dB

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LIFT UNDERLAY

  • High Performance Underlay
  • 7mm
  • Ultra High Density Plus
  • Inlcudes Mesh Grid for extra stability
  • Increases the life of your carpet
  • Good comfort
  • Long lasting performance
  • Keeps rooms warmer with a tog rating of 2.02
  • Exceeds BS standards
  • Stretch Fit or Double Stick Installations
  • Withstand Castor Traffic
  • Uses recycled foam and completely recyclable after its long use
  • Reduces noise with an impact sound rating of 35dB

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 Thermaflow Impact Underlay

High Performance Underlay suitable for installation over most types of Underfloor Heating*

  •  Thickness 6.75mm
  • Super Heavy Density Plus
  • Increases the life of your carpet
  • Good comfort
  • Long Lasting performance
  • Exceeds BS Standards
  • Suitable for most types of underfloor heating*
  • Suitable for all carpet types
  • Reduce noise with an impact rating of 31dB
  • Tog Rating only 0.79
  • HC/U Heavy Contract Use

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DUET UNDERLAY

  • Performance Underlay
  • 9mm
  • Wool/Jute/Sythetic Fibre Mixture with crumb rubber backing
  • Ultra Heavy Density – 2000g per m2
  • Increases the life of your carpet
  • Superior comfort
  • Lasting performance
  • Keeps rooms warmer with a tog rating of 2.70
  • Exceeds BS standards
  • Natural flame retardent properties
  • Resistant to castors
  • Made from recycled materials
  • Suitable for all carpet types
  • Reduces noise with an impact sound rating of 32dB

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OPTIMA UNDERLAY

  • Ultra Performance Underlay
  • 8.00mm
  • Crumb Rubber
  • Ultra Heavy Density
  • Increases the life of your carpet
  • Superior comfort
  • Lasting performance
  • Keeps rooms warmer with a tog rating of 1.80
  • Exceeds BS standards
  • Resistant to castors
  • Made from recycled car tyres with high rubber content
  • Suitable for all carpet types
  • Reduces noise with an impact sound rating of 33dB

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CAVIAR & CRYSTAL 11 UNDERLAY

  • RECOMMENDED USE: Luxury Domestic
  • THICKNESS: 11mm
  • CONSTRUCTION:
  • Top: Stitch Bonded White Crepe Paper.
  • Underside: Spun Bonded Non-Woven Fabric.
  • THERMAL INSULATION: 2.7 tog
  • SOUND INSULATION: 41 dB
  • ORIGIN:
  • Manufactured in the United Kingdom to BS EN 14499:2015 and BS 5808:1991 (L/U)
  • GUARANTEE: Lifetime of the initial carpet installation (when used in recommended areas)

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CONNOISSEUR 8 UNDERLAY

  • RECOMMENDED USE: Luxury Domestic
  • THICKNESS: 8mm
  • CONSTRUCTION:
  • Top: Stitch Bonded White Crepe Paper.
  • Underside: Spun bonded non-woven fabric.
  • THERMAL INSULATION: 2.3 tog
  • SOUND INSULATION: 37 dB
  • ORIGIN: Manufactured in the United Kingdom to BS EN 14499:2015 and BS 5808:1991 (L/U)
  • GUARANTEE: Lifetime of the initial carpet installation (when used in recommended areas)

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TIMBERMATE EXCEL

  • Timbermate Excel reduces in-room noise by up to 30% and contains our Vapour Stop barrier to help prevent moisture.
  • Independently tested to produce a sound reduction rating of 56 SONE*
  • 3.60 mm gauge high density resilient rubber underlay
  • Vapour Stop barrier that helps prevent moisture
  • Prevents the overstraining of wood and laminate boards
  • Provides an excellent sub-floor masking minor surface imperfections
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SYSTEM TEN

  • System Ten is highly suited for use with natural floor coverings such as sisal, coir and seagrass.
  • Suitable for single -stick, double-stick and stretch-fit installation of carpets (though not suitable for single-stick applications in areas greater than 33 sq. metres). Crumb Underlay
  • Thickness 9.20mm Sound Insulation 31dB
  • Heat Insulation 1.55tog Density 435Kg/m3
  • Durability 6 Comfort 5
  • Sound Insulation 4 Heat Insulation 4
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KENSINGTON DELUXE

  • Made from recycled materials Tredaire Kensington Deluxe is a high quality carpet underlay comprising of 55% recycled car tyres and 25% recycled plastic bottles.This unique combination of rubber crumb and polyester felt creates an underlay with superior wear and comfort properties.Kensington Deluxe is the perfect choice for Wilton and Axminster style carpets.
  • Thickness 11mm Sound Insulation 30dB
  • Heat Insulation 1.7tog Density 227Kg/m3
  • Comfort 6 Durability 5
  • Sound Insulation 4 Heat Insulation 3
NCF National Carpets & Flooring Ltd

NCF National Carpets & Flooring Ltd