3 Different Types of Flooring Underlay

What are the different types of flooring insulation available? Because there are so many options we know it can be challenging to know which underlay choose. By paying a visit to our carpets Glasgow based team, we can help you decide on the right flooring or carpet for any home or business.

Different Types of Flooring Insulation – Advice from Joe Walker’s Flooring

different types of insulation

Choose the right flooring underlay with help from Joe Walker’s Flooring.

In our last post we explained what underlay is and why it’s important. Now, it’s time to explain a little bit more! Here are 3 different types of flooring insulation;

PU (Polyurethane) Foam

This kind of underlay is manufactured from recycled furniture foam. We wouldn’t recommend this form of underlay for living areas, because it is known for being one of the least durable types of insulation. However, PU Foam is great for bedrooms, offices or anywhere in your home in which there isn’t much foot traffic. Relatively environmentally friendly, this type of underlay can come in a variety of different thicknesses and because it is made from foam it can be cut into any shape you desire.

Wool Felt

Looking for an eco-friendly option? Wool felt underlay is made from 100% recyclable fibres. Wool felt underlay will prolong the life of a carpet quite substantially, and so is a popular choice among home and business owners. Also, because of the high percentage of wool present in it, it makes for great thermal insulation and a little bit of sound-blocking.


Much like wool felt underlay, rubber is extremely durable and provides a high standard of insulation. Rubber underlay is especially effective when used under wood and laminate flooring. The rubber is manufactured to have a sponge-like feel, making it more flexible, easy to fit and softer under foot. Like the other two different types of insulation mentioned previously, rubber underlay is eco-friendly – it’s made from recycled tyres!

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We bought carpets and LVT from joe walkers flooring for our new house and I couldn't be happier with the service and end result. The team in the showroom are very knowledgable and allow you time to look around without pouncing on you and trying to sell to you like you would get in larger companies. Danny came out and measured the house and once we had chosen the flooring, joe sent me the quote promptly. The day of the fitting, joes fitters arrived on time and worked quickly and efficiently and left no mess behind. I would not hesitate in recommending friends and family go to joe walkers flooring.

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    G81 1UA

    We are located at 33 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow. Visit our showroom to experience the finest flooring Glasgow can offer.

    We stock laminate flooring, vinyl tiles, luxury vinyl tiles, Karndean and Real Wood Flooring.

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