Jan 13, 2010 10:08 am
Just wanting some advice about what underlay I should use with the carpet I have selected. Also happy to recieve feedback about the carpet itself as well...
I have selected the Godfrey Hurst Sussex loop pile carpet (100% wool). Cost $105 per broadloom metre. I wanted something that is going to wear well and hopefully last a while without too much shading or crushing. I would also be interested to hear if this price is reasonable?
I have been reccomended to use Ultimate underlay? However they do also have the Dunlop Excellay which is slightly cheaper, and I know that this has been reccomended before on this forum. Price for the Ultimate underlay is $25 per metre and I think the Excellay was $21 per metre.
Advice would be appreciated as this is the first time I have purchased carpet and it is quite a large expense!!
Re: What underlay for this carpet?2
Jan 13, 2010 6:46 pm
What Ash and maybe others have said is true. Not sure if they said why though. Carpet is not a trampoline. When you walk , run, jump on it you stretch it. Repeated stretching ruins it - as it is not a trampoline. The thickest underlays are the most comfortable, but also will cause the carpet to buckle and stretch earlier than if a sensible underlay was fitted. The best underlay gives you a bit of comfort, but supports and protects the carpet. That's why it has been said that Prime Airstep or the Dunlop equiv. Is a good choice. Thicker is not always better. Same goes for carpet choice. Some commercial carpets get glued straight to the floor !
Re: What underlay for this carpet?3
Jan 13, 2010 9:29 pm
Yes I have said a number of times that thicker spongy underlays place extra stresses on the carpets, which can lead to problems with seams, carpets coming loose at edges etc.
Kylie, it seems that the supplier you are dealing with deals mostly with Dunlop foam underlays. I would certainly suggest you go with Excellay in preference to Ultimate. Excellay is thinner but more dense. A far better choice.
The carpet you described sounds reasonable. Quite cheap for a wool carpet, so don't expect too much from it. Probably good for around 12-15 years, and will be getting pretty thin in traffic ways by then.
Yes, if crushing & shading concerns you, a wool loop pile should be a good choice.
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