Industrial Carpet Underlay

Installing a carpet isn’t “simply” a matter of choosing a carpet style and material; you also have to fit it with a carpet underlay, or padding, which also comes in a wide range of materials, densities and thicknesses. Indeed, this is a process which is particularly important when it comes to industrial carpet underlay, as choosing the wrong material, density or thickness can lead to very rapid carpet deterioration and an uneven carpet surface, both of which give the carpet and thus room a lower quality feel.

Carpet and Padding

The first thing to take into consideration is that your chosen carpet type will work with the type of industrial carpet underlay you are considering. For instance, a plastic backed carpet should never be fitted with so called ‘waffle rubber’ underlay; this is because due to the design of this underlay a lot of the support it offers is just air, leaving the carpet backing under high strain which may lead to it buckling, bending and even breaking. Similarly, a carpet with thick, luxurious piles would not ideally be paired with, for instance, a thick foam underlay; while it may sound divine in terms of comfort for your feet, this result will be much too soft, and with prolonged wear indents will appear in your carpet.

Is Thicker Better?

This is an incredibly common misconception, and one that I urge you not to believe in! While the concept is understandably attractive – and to some extent true, as a thicker padding does indeed result in a softer carpet to walk on – this is not an ideal solution for industrial carpet padding. A thicker padding will wear much, much quicker (with exception for rubber slabs) and this will result in an uneven carpet which not only looks bad, but is uncomfortable to walk on. Add to that the fact that the only way to remedy the situation is to remove it and change the padding – and, depending on how long it has been left, the carpet – and it quickly turns into a very costly affair. An uneven industrial carpet underlay will cause rapid deterioration of your carpet, too, which will quickly appear ragged and patchy.

How Do I Choose?

The only way to ensure that your carpet and industrial carpet underlay are a good match is to check with your carpet fitter; however, do keep in mind that their number one concern is often profit, and thicker underlays are more expensive. Therefore, make sure to mention that you are aware of the negative effects of a too-thick underlay if they suggest one. If you are still unsure as to whether the underlay they have suggested is suitable, have them write down the details of your carpet and the underlay in question, then get in touch with the carpet manufacturer and ask for their advice. Any carpet manufacturer will be more than happy to help you determine whether the industrial carpet underlay in question is suitable for that particular carpet and your use of it.