Cloud 9 Carpet Underlay Guide

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An article about Cloud 9 carpet underlay Specialists with PU carpet underlays like Cirrus, Cumulus and Nimbus by Ball & Young; prices starting at under £2.40 per square meter or around £29 to £35 per 15 square meter roll, in 7mm, 9mm and 11mm thicknesses.

Where To Use Cloud 9 Foam Carpet Underlay

When you buy carpet underlay that’s foam like the Cloud 9 product, you will use it primarily in homes and for light contract or commercial usage, but where a higher comfort level is desired.

The Cirrus underlay is often used in homes and offices due to its thermal insulation and acoustic properties. The product can be purchased by the square meter for small areas or for complete room coverage it also comes in 15 meter square rolls. The Cloud 9 carpet underlay choice is a recommended product since it is lightweight, affordable and comes with a lifetime guarantee when properly installed in areas that Ball & Young recommend as ideal for their products.

Why Choose PU foam Carpet Underlays

Most carpets will require an underlay of some kind, and PU foam carpet underlay like the Cloud 9 product line, offer a level of comfort, support and durability that other foam products don’t offer. If you choose wisely you will also be protecting your carpet investment to ensure it will have a longer life, since it will not rest directly on the raw floor surface, and it will therefore last longer, feel better and be protected. Carpet underlay, in general, offers the added benefits of heat insulation and sound muffling, adding to good acoustic engineering of any home or office.

Carpet Foam Verses Rubber Underlay

Why will you choose foam over rubber carpet underlay or even felt?

The appropriate product will depend on the use the area will receive, however PU foam underlays are being chosen over rubber and felt for several important reasons such as the fact that they are extremely lightweight and much simpler to manipulate and install. They also offer much better insulation and acoustic enhancement than other varieties. However one of the most important reasons that foam is better than rubber or felt is that it is springy and soft underfoot and does not become flattened or matted as easily. It will remain bouncy a lot longer. The other factor is price. Simply put, foam PU is very affordable because it is manufactured from recycled material. Rubber and other types of underlay are created new from raw products, not recycled.

What if my carpet already has a built-in underlay?

Even if the carpet you have selected comes with underlay attached or built-in a foam underlay is still recommended. Select a lesser thickness, perhaps an 8mm or a 9mm thickness instead of an 11mm underlay as you might for a regular carpet that has a hard back. This will give a little added cushioning, protect the carpet back, insulate and absorb unwanted sound.

What About Other Brands?

We can recommend another brand used in the UK called Tredaire Dreamwalk and is perhaps top of the line in luxury carpet underlay. It is also the most expensive.

We do not recommend Cosi or Blue Heaven although they are cheaper because they are low density and do not stand up as well to use as the better quality Cloud 9 line that has three products that are very affordable and yet will last and offer value for your money. If you can’t afford the Dreamwalk, then choose Cumulus, Cirrus or Nimbus from Cloud 9 and you will have a superior quality product that is cheap but not poor quality. Remember that carpet underlay may not be seen everyday but will be felt with every step as long as the carpet remains on the floor.

If you are considering the waffle rubber underlay that has been used traditionally for many years, and is available under a variety of brand names, you must remember that most brands come from a few of the same manufacturers and are basically all the same product just marketed differently to make consumers believe they must have a specific product for a specific carpet. In fact the only real difference between rubber underlays is the 5 different weights from which you can choose. The five weights are 60lb, 80lb, 100lb, 130lb and 150lb, which in essence will dictate how much softness you have underfoot. In general, the higher the weight the softer it will feel, however, there is one exception to this rule, and that is with the 150lb weight. It is not the softest, in fact it may feel quite hard, so if you need a cushiony effect, you will be best to select 130lb or go with foam.

Where to Buy Carpet Underlay

If you want the best price you will want to buy from carpet underlay UK dealers who operate online. Why? Because they operate via a mail order system, they can offer the discounts to the public much as a wholesaler would. They buy in bulk and sell direct without showrooms. If you are leery about giving personal information over the internet to buy a large amount of product, most online underlay shops offer a telephone ordering option within the UK so you can speak to a live person and feel more secure.

How to buy underlay?

If you are doing the purchasing yourself you will need to know the dimensions of the area to be carpeted. Measure the length and width and times that by 2 to get the square meters. That will be how much underlay you need to order.

Is Cloud 9 really the best underlay for noise reduction?

The two top noise reduction underlays are the Cloud 9 Cumulous and the Tredaire Dreamwalk. However, the question of noise reduction is complex because there is impact sound and airborne sound. Impact sound is the most commonly used measurement when deciding acoustic properties of insulation and underlay. If you are concerned with airborne sound as well as impact sound reduction, you will want to consider combining underlays to get the desired effect. These are high-end products you will need and perhaps you can check into products by Kensington that have deluxe combination acoustic underlay products that offer absorption of airborne sound as well as muffled impact noises.

What if I just need a little underlay for under a small area, must I buy a full roll?

No. You can buy foam underlay by the meter from most of the online retailers.

What if I have a heated Flooring system, can I still use foam underlay?

No. You will need a special kind of underlay like Heatflow or other brands that are specially designed for heated floors, perhaps Heat King also. Never use foam underlay. You may also choose Cloud 9 radiance that is specially designed for under floor heating systems and carpet.

What are the different kinds of Cloud 9 Carpet Underlay?

  1. Nimbus – this one has red paper and is the 7mm thickness and is the cheapest and used only for homes or low traffic areas.
  2. Cirrus – this one has red paper and has 9mm thickness and is very soft and durable. Good for homes and light office or commercial purposes. Offers good sound reduction and insulation.
  3. Cumulus – this one has green paper and has 11mm thickness and is the softest and best for sound reduction, insulation and springiness.

There are Contract varieties as well that are specific for higher use or commercial areas. One is 8mm thick and has green and silver paper and can also be used be used in homes. There is a 10mm underlay as well, which is labeled with orange and silver paper and is designed for very high traffic areas, commercial use and also for places where you desire extra softness and high durability.

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